Dr. Lindsey Harding, editor-in-chief and faculty advisor
Lindsey is the Director of the Writing Intensive Program at the University of Georgia. 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.
Tyler Burke, managing editor
Tyler Burke is a graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a Master of Public Health degree concentrated in Environmental Health Sciences. He also completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia, majoring in biology and minoring in cellular biology. He has worked extensively with the UGA writing intensive program, culminating in his completion of an interdisciplinary writing certificate. His fields of interest include, but are not limited to, scientific writing and creative fiction.
Matthew Burkhalter, reviewer
A doctoral candidate and Presidential Graduate Fellow at UGA, Matthew Burkhalter studies the political, intellectual, and environmental history of the American South. His dissertation, provisionally titled “Apostles of Beauty: Environmentalism and Beautification in the Twentieth-century South,” situates garden clubs and other beautification organizations within the broader context of southern environmental history and explores beautification’s crucial role in economic development, especially in Georgia. He earned his B.A. at the University of the South and his M.A. at Florida State University. He worked as Aiken-Taylor intern and copy editor at the Sewanee Review, under George Core’s leadership, for a year after college.
Ashley Dombrowski, reviewer
Ashley Dombrowski is a Master’s student in the Department of Entomology where she studies the microbiome dynamics of the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus. Overall, her research aims to help understand the correlation between commensal endosymbiotic bacteria and the causative agent of Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi. She earned her bachelor’s 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.
Rachel Martineac, reviewer
Rachel is a PhD student in the Department of Marine Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding biogeochemical processes driving changes in estuarine organic matter composition. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, where she went on to earn a master’s in Oceanography. Rachel is interested in pursuing a career as faculty at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution and hopes working with The Classic Journal will refine her writing and editorial skills.
Chris Pfeifer, copy editor
Chris Pfeifer researches popular music styles and scenes as a Ph.D. candidate in musicology. Along with his excitement for teaching, Chris’ experiences as a non-traditional student motivate him to make scholarly material approachable to people outside of academia. He is the Graduate Assistant for Learning Technologies in UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which fits his desire to help instructors communicate effectively. Chris enjoys exercising and being active, playing trivia, watching sports, learning, and playing music.
Md. Mahfujur Rahman, managing editor
Md. Mahfujur Rahman is a natural resources researcher working on his PhD at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Beside his passion for teaching, he enjoys writing in popular journals on environmental topics for raising public awareness needed to ensure environmental integrity and sustainability. He was awarded by UNPA Bangladesh chapter in 2008 for his contribution in mass media on population and environment issue. The following year his article on climate change impact in Himalayan countries was mentioned by ICIMOD. Mahfujur promotes scientific approaches in society and mitigates ideological conflicts among different schools of thoughts. His other interests include finding the interrelations among science, religion, and philosophy. He likes to spend time in photography, reading books, and traveling as pastimes.
Riley Thoen, reviewer
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.
Xena Mansoura, reviewer
Xena is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry where she studies ancient pigments, inorganic materials, and sustainable textiles. She received her BS in biochemistry and molecular biology at UGA, but it was her minor in philosophy that allowed her to discover her passion for words and rhetoric. She currently serves as a teaching assistant for a new undergraduate course in scientific communication. In her free time, you can find Xena on the soccer field enjoying a friendly game of pickup or playing guitar at your local coffee shop open mic night!
Nicole Rowley, managing editor
Bio statement coming soon.
Aidan Troha, reviewer
Bio statement coming soon.