Tom Foley, former Activism Editor, is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University where he is writing a dissertation on on the rise of the hydrocarbon economy and its effect on ecology and politics in mid-nineteenth century Pennsylvania. His research interests include public digital history, slavery, the Civil War, and energy transitions. He has contributed to the Georgetown Slavery Archive (SlaveryArchive.Georgetown.edu) and has also written for the Journal of the Civil War Era and Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal. He has earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Villanova University. Before pursuing graduate studies, Tom worked as an amusement park costume character, legislative researcher, park ranger, and mover. He can be contacted here.
Brittany Lewis, former Social Media Editor, completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University with degrees in Broadcast, Telecommunications, and Mass Media and African-American Studies. Post-undergraduate school, she was accepted into the highly competitive Teach for America program. During her years of service, the state of Delaware awarded her the Teacher Cooperative/Retention Award for outstanding dedication and success in the classroom. During her time in Delaware, Brittany also obtained a Master of Secondary Education degree and graduated summa cum laude. Brittany was crowned Miss Delaware for the Miss America Organization in 2014. She is the recipient of the Carol Maclary Excellence in Education Award; Miss America Community Service Award and 1st runner up to the Miss America Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award. Brittany is currently a Ph.D. student in the History Department at George Washington University. Her research interests include 20th-century African-American history, cross-cultural solidarity movements, and city-suburb formation. She is the recipient of the Herber Prize for Best Teaching. She is the chairperson of the George Washington University branch of the DC History Graduate Student Association. She is also an adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies at Wilmington University. She can be contacted here.