Editorial Team

Meet the Editorial Team for 2022-2023!

Iris Kang, Editor-in-Chief
Class of 2023
Iris is a senior from Chandler, Arizona. She is majoring in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and English. Outside of her editing time, she enjoys training in Taekwondo and reading Sherlock Holmes.

 

Miranda Almy, Managing Editor
Class of 2023
Miranda is a senior from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is majoring in medical anthropology with a minor in creative writing. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public health. In her free time she enjoys painting and writing poems.

 

Malik Tiedt, Treasurer & Editor
Class of 2023
Malik is a senior from Burlington, Wisconsin majoring in public health nutrition and medical anthropology. He recently became a registered yoga teacher and hopes to eventually pursue a career in preventative medicine and integrative healthcare.

 

Ellen Hu, Art Director
Class of 2023
Ellen is a senior from Cary, NC, majoring in biostatistics and minoring in chem. She loves painting, crime shows, and crocheting her cat hats (that he absolutely hates). She hopes to pursue medicine or an adjacent field in public health.

 

Anna Feng, Layout Editor
Class of 2024
Anna is a junior from Apex, North Carolina currently majoring in Nutrition with minors in Neuroscience and Medicine, Literature, and Culture. In her free time, she loves running on the UNC trails, experimenting with new recipes, going on coffee tours, and road trips — especially if there’s a concert at the end!

 

Kamryn Mcdonald, Marketing Director
Class of 2023
Kamryn is a senior from Detroit, Michigan. She is majoring in psychology and interdisciplinary studies with a focus on Women’s Gender Studies, Public Health and Healthcare Policy. She also has a minor in social and economic justice. She hopes to pursue a career in policy that highlights the specific health needs of marginalized groups of women. In her spare time, she likes reading Russian Literature.

 

Edwin Parker Savage, Podcast Editor
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2024
Parker is a third year medical student from Wake Forest, North Carolina. He graduated from NC State in 2020 (Go Pack) and is currently an undercover Wolfpack fan in Chapel Hill. He is passionate about all things global health and pediatrics and in his free time he enjoys running and playing the guitar!

 

Su-Ji Cho, Secretary & Editor
Class of 2023
Su-Ji is a senior from Cary, North Carolina. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology and is a Medicine, Literature, and Culture minor. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music and podcasts, and learning languages!

 

Tess McGrinder, Editor
Class of 2023
Tess is a senior from Upstate New York. She is majoring in English and minoring in Chemistry and Spanish. She intends to apply for medical school, as she hopes to someday become an OBGYN, geriatrician, or some kind of surgeon. Tess spends perhaps too much of her free time doing NY Times Crosswords and singing to her dog.

 

Penelope Alberdi, Editor
Class of 2024
Penelope is a junior from Cornelius, North Carolina, majoring in Psychology and Asian Studies with a Korean concentration. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology in the future. In her free time she likes to read, hang out with friends, and travel when she can.

 

Iris Chang, Editor
Class of 2025
Iris is a sophomore from New York City. She is double majoring in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and biology. In her free time, she enjoys playing the harp, writing poetry, and practicing archery.

 

Lydia Meltonlane, Editor
Class of 2025
Lydia is a sophomore from Mooresville, North Carolina. She is majoring in Psychology with double minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry on a pre-med track. In her free time, she likes to crochet, go to fancy grocery stores, and online shop.

 

Rotem Olsha, Editor
Class of 2025
Rotem is a sophomore from Toronto, Canada. She is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture. She enjoys traveling, volunteering, and spending time outdoors and hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

 

Maura O’Sullivan, Editor
Class of 2025
Maura is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. She is majoring in Psychology and Disability Studies, and is also working towards her Deafblind Intervener certification. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and going on adventures. She hopes to serve neurodivergent and queer individuals as a clinical psychologist.

 

Cate Hendren, Graduate Editor
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2023
Cate is a fourth-year medical student who hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was a Latin American Studies major as an undergraduate at Davidson College and worked in public health in rural Appalachia and Guatemala before medical school. Cate loves listening to patients’ stories and believes in the power of narrative to make meaning and build resilience in medicine.

 

Olivia Davis, Graduate Editor
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2025
Olivia is a second year medical student from Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Princeton University in 2018, with a major in Public and International Affairs and a minor in Environmental Studies. Outside of the classroom, she can be found curled up with a book and cup of cinnamon tea, gardening, or playing board games with her husband and friends.

 

Anameeka Singh, Graduate Editor
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2025
Anameeka (Annu) is a second-year medical student from Cary, North Carolina. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and is passionate about using writing to demonstrate the strength in vulnerability and inspiring unity through storytelling. When she’s not working, she loves playing tennis, playing piano, writing poetry + her memoir, etc.

Jacqui Zanders, Graduate Editor
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2025
Jacqui is a second-year medical student. She studied anthropology in undergrad and is currently part of the CAMPOS Spanish program. She is passionate about the unique way that the arts can teach us about the complexity of human needs, desires, and impulses, which helps us to grow in compassion for one another. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, language learning, and taking walks outside.

Kaitlin Joshua, Graduate Editor
UNC Department of Sociology PhD Student, Class of 2026

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JaneDr. Jane F. Thrailkill, Faculty Advisor
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Jane F. Thrailkill is Bank of America Honors Distinguished Term Associate Professor who advises students involved in the Literature, Medicine, and Culture program, teaches in the School of Medicine’s Intensive Integration seminar, and is co-director of the HHIVE Lab. Trained as a literary scholar, she works on the relationship between literature and science, widely construed. Her first book is Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literary Realism and she is finishing a second monograph on the play-based philosophies of the James siblings, Alice, William, and Henry.

Dr. Kym Weed, Faculty Advisor
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Kym Weed is a Teaching Assistant Professor, the Co-Director of the HHIVE Lab, and the Associate Director of the graduate programs in Literature, Medicine, and Culture. Her areas of interest, both in teaching and research, include health humanities, literature and medicine, and disability studies. Her work has appeared in Literature and Medicine and The Journal of Medical Humanities.

Past Health Humanities Journal Editorial Teams

2021-2022

Iris Kang, Editor-in-Chief
Ellen Hu, Art Director
Malik Tiedt, Treasurer
Annette Varghese, Layout Editor
Kamryn Mcdonald, Marketing Director
Jesse Bossingham, Graduate Editor
Olivia Delborne, Editor
Rhea Jayaswal, Editor
Miranda Almy, Editor
Su-Ji Cho, Editor
Iris Chang, Editor
Lydia Meltonlane, Editor
Rotem Olsha, Editor
Maura O’Sullivan, Editor

Fall 2021 only

Maia Sichitiu, Layout Editor
Cathy Choi, Podcast Editor

2020-2021

Elizabeth Coletti, Editor-in-Chief
Alice Peng, Art Director
Malik Tiedt, Treasurer
Maia Sichitiu, Layout Editor
Olivia Delborne, Editor
Anna Covington, Editor
Noah Ashenafi, Editor
Rhea Jayaswal, Editor
Miranda Almy, Editor

Fall 2020 only
Serenity Bennet, Editor
Austin Hopkins, Graduate Editor
Lydia Weinberger, Marketing Director

2019-2020

Elizabeth Coletti, Editor-in-Chief
Jillian Nguyen, Marketing Director
Alice Peng, Art Director
Shraya Changela, Editor
Jillian Shiba, Editor
Olivia Delborne, Editor
Anna Covington, Editor
Malik Tiedt, Treasurer
Maia Sichitiu, Layout Editor
Rabab Husain, Graduate Editor
Kristina Alton, Graduate Editor

Fall 2019 only
Alex Ballard, Design and Layout Editor
Alexandra Mao, Editor

2018-2019
Emily Long, Editor-in-Chief
Neha Aggarwal, Design and Layout Editor
Jillian Nguyen, Marketing Director
Alice Peng, Art Director
Shraya Changela, Editor
Elizabeth Coletti, Editor
Sanam Kavari, Editor
Rabab Husain, Graduate Editor
Nicholas Allen, Graduate Editor

Fall 2018 only
Jillian Shiba, Editor
Sania Siddiqui, Editor

2017-2018
Manisha Mishra, Founder/Editor-in-Chief
Katie Huber, Website and Layout Editor
Annie Konzelman, Art Editor
Sophia Shwartz, Treasurer/Marketing
Meredith Dorminey, Editor
Jackie Kenny, Editor
Madison Schaper, Editor
Calvin Olsen, Graduate Adviser

2016-2017 
Manisha Mishra, Founder/Editor-in-Chief
Katie Huber, Editor/Website and Layout Editor
Jessie Fletcher, Art Editor
Yakin Ouederni, Marketing
Sophia Shwartz, Treasurer
Meredith Dorminey, Editor
Kaylyn Pogson, Editor
Turner Wibbelsman, Editor