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.