Aaron Kilgore graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Classical Studies. With interests in storytelling, fiction, and language, he is on his way to becoming a librarian and information specialist. He serves as an editor for Salt and Iron.
Alexandra Gaiser is an attorney living in Houston, Texas. She enjoys performing improv and stand-up comedy, listening to early jazz, skeet shooting, and making faces in the mirror during group gym classes.
Alexandra enjoys natural law theory, Jane Austen, Debussy, and battles of wit.
Alisa Ruddell is a homeschooling mother of four who lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband Steve. She loves classic literature, reading aloud to her children on the couch, and listening to Charles Dickens novels while going about her household chores. Writing helps her to connect the dots between everything she reads and her day-to-day life.
Andrew Koperski is a master's student at Ohio University where he studies ancient and medieval history. He takes particular interest in issues concerning Christianity, politics, and culture--both in the past and in the present. When he's not reading, he enjoys weightlifting, basketball, fishing, and otherwise spending time with his wife, Caroline.
Anna was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. After earning her English degree from Wheaton College, she had a stint teaching American Literature at a private high school. She currently lives in Chicago.
Bino Socrates is a John Jay fellow from the Spring 2018 class, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Santo Tomas. Attending a seminar at the Witherspoon Institute inspired him to learn more from the West about religion in the public sphere, especially as he considers pursuing a career in academia. He aims to contribute towards bridging the gap between the secular outlook of some of his country's intellectual leaders and the deep-seated orientation towards Christian values of the majority of Filipino people.
Caroline Newman is a writer and marketer living in Charlottesville, VA. She is a proud Anglophile, a huge college football fan, and she loves being with family and friends, traveling to new places, and finding new writing topics.
Dabney Baldridge studied English and Classical Education at Grove City College. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Austin, and teaches History and English at homeschool tutorials. When she is not lesson planning or grading, you can find her writing poetry, enjoying a good book, or hiking in the mountains.
Daniel Slonim is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at Purdue University. He studied math and philosophy at Hillsdale College. His interests include metaphysics, theology, natural law, and politics. At Hillsdale he met his beautiful wife Rebekah, with whom he enjoys talking about the aforementioned subjects, memorizing poetry, and discussing the fine points of grammar. His favorite hobby is finding unsuspecting victims and talking to them about math for as long as he can keep them in the room (and conscious).
Elizabeth works on Capitol Hill by day and dreams of travel writing in Europe by night. She graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a BA in Communications and now enjoys living and working in DC, much to her own surprise. Usually, she can be found reading something on her never-ending book list, writing for her blog, watching period dramas, planning dream vacations in the British Isles, or discussing theology and good stories with friends.
Elizabeth Williams graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in English and creative writing and is passionate about using storytelling to serve the poor. An omnivorous learner, she enjoys reading and watching documentaries on a wide variety of topics, from ancient history to alpine mountaineering to quantum physics.
Elizabeth Zabik is a Master's candidate in Public History at North Carolina State University, with a BA in History and Latin from Hillsdale College. She enjoys reading about history and theology and learning more about the world around her. She writes in order to organize and share her thoughts.
Ellen Norris loves her work as a middle school English teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College in 2014, she married a fellow Hillsdale alumnus. She is passionate about education and literature.
Emily Maxson graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in History and an addiction to research. Although her teaching career has paused to make way for her upcoming wedding, she maintains interests in education, theology, and literature. Her favorite authors include Cornelius Van Til, Nathaniel Hawthorne, T.S. Eliot, and Geerhardus Vos.
Henry Nolden graduated from College of the Ozarks with a BA in History and a minor in Criminal Justice. He recently graduated from Missouri State University's Defense and Strategic Studies program in Fairfax, Virginia with a Master's degree in the same. In addition to his passion for military history, he pursues interests in education, theology, philosophy, literature, and the role that worldview plays in developing perspective.
Jared Bier is a high school English and language arts teacher. He enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.
Jessie Callaway is a small business owner in western North Carolina. When she’s not serving ice cream to tourists, she enjoys hiking, visiting museums, nerding out about manufacturing and distribution, overanalyzing everything, and writing about all of the above. She’s a firm believer that ideas have tangible consequences, so she likes to write for people who don’t have the time, energy, or education to evaluate the philosophies governing their lives.
Julia Wilson graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Theatre. She applies her scientific knowledge to her career as a massage therapist and aromatherapist, while satisfying her artistic side by reading, singing, dancing, writing, creating works of calligraphy, and enjoying and participating in theatre whenever possible.
Kittie Helmick graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Art, a minor in Spanish, and a concentration in U.S. Politics. Her varied interests led her to found Goodtruebeautiful.site, the predecessor to Salt and Iron. She has also published critiques of pop culture on The Federalist and Patheos.
Madison Kearney is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College where she majored in English and History. She enjoys reading Russian novels and T.S. Eliot, and she hopes to pursue graduate school for theology. In the meantime, she is learning to cook and appreciates a game of Uno.
Margaret Freeland graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Accounting and German; she now works as a CPA/tax accountant in the Seattle area. Aside from being a tax nerd, she enjoys hiking, listening to classical music, traveling, and experimenting with international cuisine.
A graduate of Benedictine College, Nicholas currently resides in the greater Washington D.C. area. He enjoys reading, cooking, brewing beer, and generally living life well. He writes so that he and others can learn how to fall more passionately in love with this world, to be contemplative souls in a world that has forgotten how to do so.
Noah Diekemper studied Latin and Mathematics at Hillsdale College. He contributed to Goodtruebeautiful.net, motivated as always by a desire to preserve and share knowledge. Friday nights you can find him swing dancing.
Rachel Basinger is the 9th and 12th grade Humane Letters Teacher at Providence Classical School and a proud alumna of Hillsdale College. She considers Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince the best book on life besides the Bible and loves to read history. Lately, Rachel has been fascinated with studying Henry Kissinger.
Rebekah Slonim (née Basinger) graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in English literature. For school and for leisure, she enjoys reading the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost, analyzing the novels of Jane Austen, and studying Aquinas and Reformed theology. She now works as a freelance editor. One of her favorite hobbies is listening to her beloved husband—who is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics—talk about subjects she does not understand, such as real analysis and topology.
Richard Dick served in the submarine Navy for 30 years (active and reserve) and retired from the Defense Department in 2015. As a Navigator and church elder, Richard teaches, leads home group and small group Bible studies, and likes to encourage folks. He and his wife enjoy movies, dining out, museums, battlefields (how cool is that - a wife who likes battlefields?!), and stocking his basement with treasures from secondhand book sales.
Samuel Negus lives with his wife and daughter in beautiful Black Mountain, NC, where he teaches at the CreatEd Institute. He enjoys mostly simple things such as hiking, reading, conversation, cheese, beer, bread, and cheering for utterly disappointing sports teams. He writes when he thinks he has something worth conveying.
Stephanie Helmick studied Economics, History, and Mathematics at George Mason University. She began her academic career investigating libertarianism, proceeded to church history, dallied in Shakespearean literature, and currently revels in graphic novels and all things Disney.
Thomas Osborne is a traditionalist convert to the Catholic cause, conservative in the realm of politics, and a wayfaring cultural emigrant in the modern world.
Timothy Russell majored in Philosophy, works in magazine publishing, and dreams of writing the next great American novel. In his spare time he writes fiction, reads the literary classics, and co-hosts the podcast Literary Leviathans with his sister, Elizabeth. He also loves The Good Place, The Babylon Bee, and any film directed by Christopher Nolan or Wes Anderson.
Tymon Zhou is a political science major at Brigham Young University. He enjoys reading and playing piano in his spare time. He writes to explore and refine his thinking.
Virginia Phillips has a M.A. in Religious Studies and an enduring interest in history and politics. In her spare time she writes opinion pieces on current events and theology. She enjoys speculative fiction, martial arts, dancing, and both consuming and preparing food and beverage pairings.