Laura Demanski


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.

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. Previously he was a senior art director for Columbia College Chicago.

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.

Contributing editors

John Easton

John Easton, AM’77, is senior science writer in communications and marketing for the University of Chicago Medicine.

Carrie Golus

Carrie Golus, AB’91, AM’93, edits the Core, the College supplement to the University of Chicago Magazine, and the College Review, a quarterly email for College alumni. She earned her AB and AM from UChicago in English language and literature.

Brooke O’Neill

Brooke O’Neill, AM’04, is a freelance writer and editor. She got her journalistic start as the Magazine’s Alumni News Editor in 2005 and has since written for publications such as BackStage, Korean Air Magazine, and Show Pony Magazine. She also collaborates with UChicago and local arts organizations on development and marketing publications. Brooke earned her bachelor’s from Georgetown University and her master’s in social sciences with a focus in anthropology from UChicago.

Amy Braverman Puma

Amy Braverman Puma joined the University in 2002. After ten years at the University of Chicago Magazine, including three as editor, in September 2012 she began her current role as editorial director, periodicals, working with the editors of several UChicago publications. Earlier she worked in Washington, DC, as deputy editor for She earned a master's degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 1999 and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1998. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children.

Mary Ruth Yoe

Mary Ruth Yoe joined the University in July 1989. With a BA in American studies from Washington College, she earned an MLitt from the University of Edinburgh. She has helped edit alumni magazines for a baker's dozen of institutions, including Grinnell College and Johns Hopkins University (where she headed the Alumni Magazine Consortium). She enjoys writing headlines that include puns and/or lyrics from her favorite songwriter, and no doubt her epitaph will contain a typo.

Staff writers

Sean Carr

As lead development writer in UChicago’s office of alumni relations and development, Sean Carr, AB’90, works with his colleagues to raise vital support from UChicago’s generous alumni and friends. He still can’t believe he gets to write for the Magazine from time to time and is thrilled every time he has the chance to do it.

Jeanie Chung

Jeanie Chung edits Tableau for the University’s Division of the Humanities. Before coming to UChicago, she worked for several years as a journalist—mostly in sports—several more years in communications for Chicago Public Schools, and a few other years writing for various publications and organizations. She has a BA in English from Amherst College and an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Ingrid Gonçalves

Ingrid Gonçalves, AB’08, joined the University in 2013. As a senior development writer, she handles everything from social media posts to multi-million-dollar gift proposals. She previously served as director of communications at Manufacturing Renaissance, a Chicago-based community development nonprofit. Ingrid is a double-major in political science and international studies.

Lucas McGranahan

Lucas McGranahan is a development writer at UChicago with a background in academia and nonprofit fundraising. To unwind, he plays guitar and writes scholarship on the philosophy of science and labor studies. Lucas received his BA in English and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Maureen Searcy

Maureen Searcy is a science writer who joined the University in 2013. She edits Inquiry, the Physical Sciences Division publication, and has written for HELIX Magazine and the Field Museum. Maureen worked as a research scientist before earning an MFA in creative nonfiction and transitioning to science communication.