Contributors

Aaron Kilgore

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.

Alexandra Hamilton

Alexandra enjoys natural law theory, Jane Austen, Debussy, and battles of wit.

Alisa Ruddell

Alisa Ruddell is an associate editor and staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture. She 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, listening to theology podcasts, and watching science fiction movies.

Andrea Sommer

Andrea is a Wisconsin native currently living and working as a legal assistant in Northern Virginia. She majored in English at Hillsdale College, so she often reads novels in her free time; but, if she's not reading the Great Books, then she is probably reading theology. She recently converted to the Catholic faith after a year-long deep dive into Patristics, and she is writing to share some of what she has learned through her studies.

Andrew Koperski

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 Tipton

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.

Antonio Ivan Beley

Antonio Ivan Beley is a certified member of the World Youth Alliance with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific. His exposure to the different pillars of the Humanities through activities and discussions on culture, socio-political issues, art, history, literature, theology and philosophy from his academic classes and attending seminars at The Morningside Institute gave him the desire to share these with others through writing and active participation in WYA's advocacy of promoting and defending human dignity while contributing to the betterment of the lives of his fellow Filipinos. During his free time, you will find him writing, reading a book, spending time with his friends, playing the guitar, or singing.

Bino Socrates

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

​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

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 and Rebekah Slonim

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 Hance

Elizabeth Hance lives in Washington, D.C. in a thriving community that she loves to bring together around good books, theology, tea, and beauty. She is a writer, avid reader, Anglophile, and current Master's of Arts in Writing candidate. She blogs at Finding Eloquence and you can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Elizabeth Williams

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.

Ellen Norris

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.

Henry Nolden

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.

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson is a student of nineteenth century British political history, although as an Anglican he has also a keen a interest in the intersection between theology and historical study. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking for friends, walking in the countryside, and now writing which he sees as an extension of the life of prayer and an important means by which, if called, we come alive in God.

Jared Bier

Jared Bier is a high school English and language arts teacher. He enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.

Jessie Callaway

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.

Kittie Helmick

Kittie Helmick studied Comparative Literature and Critical Translation at the University of Oxford, after serving with the Peace Corps in South Africa. Her desire to speak truth in grace led her to found Salt and Iron: Seasoned Writing and its predecessor GoodTrueBeautiful. She has also published critiques of pop culture on The Critic, The Federalist, and Patheos.

Madison Kearney

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

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.

Nicholas Callaghan

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

Noah Diekemper studied Latin and Mathematics at Hillsdale College (B.S.) and Data Science at Loyola University Maryland (M.S.). Motivated by a desire to preserve and share knowledge, he contributed to Goodtruebeautiful.net and has also been published in The Federalist, Intercollegiate Review, and The Baltimore Sun.

Rachel Basinger

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

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

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.

Richard Keeble

Richard Keeble is a graduate of King's College London and the University of Oxford. He currently works as the Sacristan at Pusey House, an Anglo-Catholic chaplaincy and library in Oxford. Having studied Theology, Richard enjoys thinking and writing about the history of the Church of England, in which he is also discerning a call to ordained ministry.

Stephanie Helmick

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 F. Sleete

Thomas F. Sleete is a retired American History teacher and educational consultant with over 44 years of experience. That from which he derives the most enjoyment in this world is his interaction with, and love for, his grandchildren. The Lord guided and comforted him through the loss of his wife, and one way he seeks to glorify the name of Jesus at every opportunity is through his writing.

Thomas Osborne

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

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

Tymon Zhou attends the Elon University School of Law, having graduated with a political science major from Brigham Young University. He enjoys reading and playing piano in his spare time. He writes to explore and refine his thinking.

Virginia Phillips

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.