Laura Demanski, Editor

Laura Demanski, AM'94, joined the Magazine in 2012. She previously worked for the University as editor of the the College magazine, the Core, and managing editor of the literary journal Modern Philology. Laura earned her AB from Brown University and her AM from UChicago in English language and literature.

Susie Allen, Associate Editor

Susie Allen, AB’09, spent six years with the University of Chicago News Office before joining the University of Chicago Magazine in 2016. In addition to writing and editing for the Magazine, she performs stand-up and improv comedy throughout Chicago.

Helen Gregg, Alumni News Editor

Helen Gregg, AB’09, joined the Magazine in 2014 after working as a lead editor for a Chicago-based trade magazine. She also spent time in the book publishing world, working for Penguin and the Frankfurt Book Fair. At the Magazine she edits the Peer Review section and contributes to the rest of the Magazine.

Rhonda L. Smith, Senior Copy Editor

Rhonda Smith joined the Magazine in September 2010. As copy editor she reads for style and grammar and fact-checks the features and department stories. Previously, Rhonda was the editorial coordinator in the Books Division of the University of Chicago Press and a technical editor for a software company. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in writing, both from DePaul University, and a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Guido Mendez, Art Director

A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Guido has two BFAs in graphic design and photography and an MFA in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Guido has especially enjoyed designing for fine arts and higher education, with special interests in magazine/book publishing and creative direction of brand development. Most recently he was a senior art director for Columbia College Chicago. He joined the University this past December.

Joy Olivia Miller, Interactive Content Editor

Joy Olivia Miller joined the Magazine in 2008 as its interactive content editor. Previously, Joy worked as the art director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She was part of the Bulletin’s editorial team that won the 2007 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Joy earned her SB from Purdue University.

Editorial Office

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