Dr. Lindsey Harding, editor-in-chief and faculty advisor
Lindsey is the Director of the Writing Intensive Program at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Pilgrims 2.0. Her research and writing interests include composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and digital humanities. Her critical writing can be found in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and Harlot. Her flash fiction and stories have appeared in Spry, Soundings Review, Prick of the Spindle, The Boiler, and others. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and four children.
Faith Macdonald is an archaeology PhD student in the Anthropology Department whose research focuses on mapping sheep transhumance networks within Northern Spain during the socio-ecological transitions occurring between Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages, and the Medieval Period. She wants to engage people in a greater breadth of human-environmental relations from the past to contextual current issues regarding anthropogenic climate change. Outside of research, she enjoys running half-marathons at a respectably average pace, playing tabletop games, and receiving niche music recommendations.
Jean Costa Silva
Jean is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics, where he carries out research on Second Language Acquisition, Syntax, and Cognitive Linguistics. His work focuses on how speakers describe movement through space in different languages. Jean has a BA in Anglophone Studies (English Linguistics, Literature, and TESOL) as well as teaching and professional certificates. He taught English as a Foreign Language for over 10 years in Brazil and in Slovakia. From 2017-2022, Jean served as the Managing Editor of Fala Aí, the magazine of the Portuguese Program at UGA. In 2022, he took over the academic journal UGA Working Papers in Linguistics, where he currently serves as Executive Editor.
Sofie is a PhD student in the Entomology department studying bird and insect interactions on farms. As an undergraduate in Arkansas, she worked in a lab studying bison, insects, and invasive plants in prairies. Sofie enjoys watching movies, baking, and taking naps with her cat.
Ashley McCormick is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Entomology. Her current work under Dr. Kevin Vogel involves examining the role of bacterial symbionts in modulating neuropeptide hormones in the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus. Her research aims to help understand the biological correlation between the kissing bug microbiome and the causative agent of Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi. She earned her undergraduate degree in Entomology at the University of Georgia and is passionate about supporting the next generation of undergraduate researchers and writers as a reviewer for The Classic.
Riley Thoen is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology. He received his B.A. in honors biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. Riley’s research aims to understand how habitat fragmentation and climate change influence plant conservation through effects on the ecology and evolution of populations. Currently, his research highlights how climate change is affecting stress-adapted plant populations on Georgia’s granitic outcrops.
Timeko McFadden is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Studies in the Romance Languages Department. She teaches Spanish language courses as well as SPAN 2550: Introduction to Latino Literature. A graduate of the Women’s Studies certificate program she also teaches Multicultural Feminisms for IWS. She has served as a writing coach for the Writing Intensive Program which ignited her interest in serving on the Classic Journal’s editorial board. Her research interests include the performance of latinidad in the South, Latinx women’s culinary writing and food ways in literature. Outside of her research, she can’t seem to survive without music and sci-fi. Having worked as a certified chef for 8 years in upstate SC, she also requires the occasional hike to balance out her love of pastries and mofongo.
Dru Horne is a PhD student in Mathematics Education and a Master’s student in Mathematics. His research focuses on how students think about and understand mathematical ideas, especially in combinatorics (the mathematics of counting). Dru also has a BS in Mathematics and MEd in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. Prior to starting a PhD program, he spent three years teaching high school mathematics classes including Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Outside of his studies, Dru enjoys reading, playing games (video games and table top), and spending time with his three cats.
Kensie is a PhD student in the Department of English studying revolutionary rhetoric with an interest in writing pedagogy for student veterans. She works full time for the University of Georgia in Public Service & Outreach as a Writer & Public Relations Coordinator elevating impactful community stories with PSO’s mission and work around the state of Georgia. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of South Carolina Upstate and her M.A. in English Literature specializing in Caribbean literature from Mercy College. She has taught beginning composition courses for Georgia Military College and has experience in journalism, marketing, public relations, and higher education student services. She lives in the Lake Oconee area with her husband and two children.
Samantha is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Geology. Samantha’s research interests focus on ancient fluvial deposits of nonmarine systems (rivers, floodplains, lakes). Specifically, she is interested in fluvial landscape processes and understanding how these landscapes respond to changes in Earth’s environments. She earned her undergraduate degree in Geoscience from Winona State University in Winona, MN. Outside of research, Samantha enjoys reading, playing board games, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Elisha is a PhD student in the English department focusing on critical literary studies. He received his MA at Georgia State University, where he wrote his thesis on transnational perspectives of Neil Gamain’s The Sandman. While studying at GSU, he worked as a GTA for the First Year Writing program, a tutor at the Writing Studio, a researcher for the EPIC curriculum initiative program, and after receiving his MA, as a Visiting Lecturer. Elisha is currently working for UGA’s FYW Program teaching English 1101 and 1102, and during his studies, he hopes to continue researching the ways in which graphic narrative and traditional literature represent and augment current ontological and phenomenological theories. Elisha lives with his fiancée (who is also a PhD student in UGA’s Theater and Film department), his dog, Pepper, and two lizards, Zoe the Iguana and Gix the Gecko. In his personal time, he reads, plays video and table top games, and tries to balance a physical routine including yoga, weight-lifting, running, and basketball.