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In addition to our education-focused team of developers, writers, editors, researchers, and journalists, ZDNet spotlights expert voices from a variety of fields. 

Genevieve Carlton

Genevieve holds a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. After earning her doctorate in early modern European history, she worked as an assistant professor of history at the University of Louisville, where she developed new courses on the history of science, Renaissance Italy, and the witch trials. Genevieve has published five peer-reviewed articles in top presses and a monograph with the University of Chicago Press. She also earned tenure with a unanimous vote before relocating to Seattle. Learn more about Carlton's work at genevievecarlton.com.

Nate Delesline III 

Nate writes about the intersection of education and technology. He's also worked as a newspaper staff writer, covering K-12 and higher education, business, local government, and public safety. After living in five other states, Nate considers Virginia his home.

Tanika Johnson

Tanika is a contributing faculty member, continuing education presenter, education consultant, and licensed therapist. Additionally, she earned her Ed.D. and Ed.S. from Carson-Newman University, MA from Argosy University, BS from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and completed her teacher education program at Freed-Hardeman University. She has a wealth of experience with healthcare administration, education policy and advocacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Timon Kaple

Timon is a versatile writer and skilled storyteller with a background in qualitative research. His recent marketing and advertising clients include higher education specialists, music retailers, career counseling experts, and creatively focused outlets. Timon is also an ethnographer who focuses on sociolinguistics, music, and performance studies. He is a recipient of the Leftwich and Higginbotham Research Award from Indiana University.

Hannah Riley

Hannah Riley is a writer based in Seattle, WA. A former staff writer for Texts From Last Night, Pleated Jeans, and Ruin My Week, and a contributor to The Needling, her work has been featured on HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Funny or Die, The Chicago Tribune, Teen Vogue, and Playboy. She is the editor of the memoir "Cotton Teeth" (Harper & Case, 2021) by former Saturday Night Live writer and bestselling author Glenn Rockowitz, featured on Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2021. Hannah is also the co-author of the humor book "Story of My F*cking Life" (Castle Point, 2021).

Melissa Sartore

Melissa holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her BA and MA in history are from Western Illinois University. A medievalist by training, she has published on outlawry in medieval England with additional publications on outlaws in popular culture and across geographic and historical boundaries.

Matthew Sweeney

Matthew received his BA in English with a specialization in English literature from Portland State University. His writings on music and culture have appeared in the publications Eleven PDX Magazine and Secret Decoder. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cinema, hiking, and cooking.

Megan Whitenton

Megan has contributed content to TheBestSchools.org for nearly a decade. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her background as an artist and art educator informs her writing and creative pursuits across fields like education, healthcare, technology, and fine arts. She also wrote for The Quad, helping college students make informed decisions about higher learning and vocational programs.

Doug Wintemute

Doug Wintemute is a Toronto-based freelance writer interested in higher learning and entertainment. He completed his BA and MA in English at York University, graduating summa cum laude and earning academic merit, research, and writing awards at both levels. Since 2014, he has contributed content and editorial work for award-winning digital trade publications, global SEO copywriting projects, and hugely popular online brands. He can be contacted through LinkedIn.

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