Meet The Editors



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Editor-in-Chief – Meeghan Kane

Meeghan Kane teaches history at Benedict College and she supports and fights for social justice and racial and gender equality.

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Associate Editor – Roxy Lenzo

Environmentalist by trade, artist by birth: Roxy can lift a horse above her head, beat up bullies, and build a hot air balloon. She has a post-Masters big kid government job but is still waiting for her slayer abilities to awaken.


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Editor – Graham Duncan

At night Graham does dad stuff, cooks, and reads too many fantasy novels. During the day he makes a living reading dead people’s mail.


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Editor – Jenni Brennison

In her spare time, Jenni enjoys attending the occasional local rock concert, hiking with her dog, Gigi, and completing all of the reading, paper writing, and general whatnot required to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education from the University of South Carolina. Also, she’s actually from Columbia and has never been qualified to teach English.


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Editor – Melanie Dubard

By day, Melanie is a mild-mannered law librarian, but by night she works diligently under cover of night with four dedicated female comrades to decipher Germany military codes for the British military. She has never seen or heard of Bletchley Park and doesn’t know what you’re talking about. If pressed, she may deny she even knows you. Her husband and 8 year-old-son still think she’s at book club. Her cat, Coco, hates spies and has vowed loyalty to the Kremlin.

When not code-breaking, she also enjoys pottery and scanning old city directories.


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Editor, Podcast Contributor – Jennifer Elmore

Jennifer is both surprised and delighted to find herself back in her hometown of Columbia, SC. She is most content surrounded by her family & friends OR elbow-deep in a tomato & (Dukes!) mayonnaise sandwich. She loves the South and is passionate about creating connections between the diverse communities who call it home. She is honored to support Auntie Bellum in cultivating progress below the Mason Dixon line.

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Editor – Heather Green

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Photo Editor – Thomas Hammond

Thomas Hammond is a photojournalist from Columbia, South Carolina specializing in human interest, political and cultural stories from the heart of the American South to the Middle East and wherever else the road takes him. In 2015, he won a South Carolina Press Association award for his work documenting the war and humanitarian crisis in and around Syria. More recently, he’s covered local stories such as the removal of the Confederate flag, the devastation of recent floods, and the evolution of the music scene.


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Contributing Editor – Holly Genovese

Holly Genovese is a Ph.D student at Temple University. Holly’s regional origins have always been contested (does being born in Virginia make you a Virginian? Is Baltimore the South? Questions that still keep her up at night). She spent two years studying at the University of South Carolina, which was just enough time to fall in love with pimento cheese and the urban south. She is writing her dissertation on prisoner rights activism in New Orleans but spends her free time (ha!) running, watching CW dramas, painting birds and reading ghosty YA novels. follow her on twitter @hollyevanmarie

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Photo provided by Kathryn Silva

Contributing Editor – Kathryn Silva

Kathryn is an Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is currently working on her book project, “At Times We May Seem Bold:” African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry, 1895-1954. Her forthcoming article, “African-American Millhands, the Durham Hosiery Mills, and the Politics of Race and Gender in the Durham’s Textile Industry, 1903-1920,” is forthcoming in the North Carolina Historical Review. Her works focuses on the untold story of black women and their skilled labor in the industry. The African-American community recognized that the success of African-American female participation in the mills influenced other establishments in the state to follow suit, and to strive toward attracting a black labor force of women and girls. She has published encyclopedia articles with Oxford University Press’s African American National Biography, Online and book review with the Journal of African American History. She is active in the historical profession, and currently serves at the chair of the Organization of American Historian’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession. She also serves as consultant on slavery and teaches and leads workshops on slavery for Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home and historical site. Dr. Silva holds a Bachelors of Arts in History and African Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in History from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.




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Contributing Editor – Isabella Gomez

Isabella Gomez is a second-year Journalism student at Georgia State University. She is also pursuing a double minor in Film & Video and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A native of Venezuela, she will probably speak faster than you can understand in either English or Spanish, but will happily oblige if you ask her to slow down. Apart from going to school, Isabella enjoys fighting the stigmas surrounding menstruation, binge-watching movies and TV shows, awkwardly dancing at concerts, and hula-hooping. Follow her on twitter @isabellephant

photo credit: Errol Tisdale

photo credit: Errol Tisdale

Copy Editor – Bethany Tisdale

Bethany Dailey Tisdale loves being a copy-editor for Auntie Bellum, because it means she gets a sneak peek at the articles before everyone else! Bethany is a professor and freelance writer based in Columbia, SC, though she is a Mississippi woman by birth and in her heart. She devotes her spare time to volunteering with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and blogging.


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