Laura Eldred, Editor in Chief
Laura G. Eldred is assistant professor of English at LVC, where she teaches classes in literature, composition, and film. She specializes in the intersections between contemporary Irish literature and the horror genre, and has published an article on Patrick McCabe in The New Hibernia Review and chapters on Martin McDonagh in Martin McDonagh: A Casebook and The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories. Currently, she is working on a manuscript entitled A Brutalized Culture: The Horror Genre in Contemporary Irish Literature.
J. Gabriel Scala, Founder and Advisory Editor
Gabriel Scala founded VHR in 2009 while an Assistant Professor in the English Department at LVC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in English from the University of Mississippi. Scala has published two collections of poetry and numerous articles in both scholarly and creative journals and has served as Managing Editor of Mid-American Review, Assistant Editor of The Yalobusha Review and Co-Editor of Tapestry. She currently holds the position of Advisory Editor for VHR and lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi.
Robert Valgenti, Religion and Philosophy Editor
Robert T. Valgenti is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College and director of the College Colloquium. He has studied at the College of the Holy Cross, Oxford University, Università di Torino, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and DePaul University (Ph.D. 2007). His research interests include 19th and 20th Century Continental philosophy, hermeneutics, contemporary Italian philosophy, and the philosophy of food. He is the translator of several essays by Italian philosophers into English, and is currently completing his translation and critical introduction to Luigi Pareyson’s Truth and Interpretation. Recent essays include “The Tradition of Tradition in Philosophical Hermeneutics” in Consequences of Hermeneutics (Northwestern University Press), “La deduzione ermeneutica” in Tropos, and "Gianni Vattimo's Recovery of Reason," in Between Nihilism and Politics (SUNY Press). Current projects include a critical study of the work of Gianni Vattimo, and an introduction to philosophy through the experience of eating.
Rhiannon Eckinger, Religion and Philosophy Editor
Rhiannon is a double major in Religion and Philosophy with an interest in the philosophy of religion. She works at Lebanon Valley College as a Peer Tutor in both religion and philosophy and hopes, after graduation, to pursue a field that incorporates both her majors.
Grant Taylor, Art and Art History Editor
Grant Taylor is associate professor of art history at LVC. He specializes in the history of early digital arts and the relationship between 20th century art and science. His most recent chapter essay, entitled “The Soulless Usurper: Reception and Criticism of Early Computer Art,” appeared in Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Digital Computing in the Experimental Arts (eds. Hannah Higgins and Douglas Kahn). Beyond his art historical research, Taylor has completed various projects, including a documentary film and installations in the United States and Australia. Taylor teaches a global survey in art and architecture as well as specialty courses in modern and contemporary art.
Jessica Hinkley, Art and Art History Editor
Jessica Hinkley is a senior majoring in Art History and English Literature. She is the recipient of the Vickroy Scholarship and the Rebecca Harvey Scholarship for academic excellence. She currently serves as an intern at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery and is the Membership Vice President of the Beta Chi Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service organization. Her experience as a writer includes tutoring at the Lebanon Valley College Writing Center and serving as the Public Relations Chair for the college’s creative writing club, The Draft. In March, she will present her research on the paintings of Lee Price, a contemporary photorealist oil painter, at the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium in Williamsport. Upon graduation, Jessica intends to find interdisciplinary work that embodies both the written and visual arts before she attends graduate school for museum or curatorial studies.
Gary Grieve-Carlson, Literature Editor
Gary Grieve-Carlson is Professor of English and Director of General Education at Lebanon Valley College. He is the editor of Olson’s Prose and the author of many essays on twentieth-century American literature.
Jenna Dutton, Literature Editor
Jenna Dutton is a junior with a double major in English Literature and Communications. She works at the school library, and is heavily involved in the Wig and Buckle Theatre Company and her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau.
Phillip Billings, Poetry Editor
Dr. Billings, who was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, received his B.A. from Heidelberg College in 1965, his M.A. from Michigan State University in 1968, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1974. Since 1970 he has taught in the English department of Lebanon Valley College. His specialized teaching areas have been modern American literature, world literature, and creative writing. For six-and-a-half of his forty-two years at the college, he was department chair.
His publications include poems in many small magazines, an essay on poetry published in an anthology of other such essays, and three self-published books of poetry based on interviews with local citizens: Porches (1985), Porches, Vol. 2 (1990), and When We Talk about War (2003). Dr. Billings lives in Annville with his wife Sue. He has two sons, Joshua and Daniel, two daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Evelyn, and three young grandchildren: Mason, Cooper, and Siena.
Mary Pettice, Fiction and Non-Fiction Editor
Mary Pettice teaches courses in writing, literature, and media at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (B.A. English), The University of Illinois (M.S. Journalism and M.A. English), and The University of Houston (Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing), she has published and presented new media scholarship, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, and book reviews.
Michael Schroeder, History Editor
Dr. Schroeder teaches the Atlantic World since 1500, focusing on Latin America and the United States since the Age of Revolution. A social, cultural & political historian and specialist in 20th century Nicaraguan history, he is co-author of the widely used college textbook, The Twentieth Century and Beyond (McGraw-Hill, 2008); a textbook for middle-school readers on the history Mexican Americans; and author of numerous scholarly articles & chapters in his area of expertise. His first published article received honorable mention in the prestigious Conference on Latin American History Prize, while his most recent article on war & revolution in Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast region in the 1920s & 1930s was awarded the 2013 Davis Prize of the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies. His pioneering website, www. SandinoRebellion.com has been awarded a total of $14,000 for academic years 2009-2015 by LVC's Pleet Initiative and Arnold Experiential Grants, intended to promote student-faculty collaboration in faculty-driven research projects.
Megan Harris , History Editor
Megan Harris is a junior majoring in Historical Communications with a minor in English Communications. On campus, she is a writing center tutor, resident assistant, and captain of the field hockey team. Megan has contributed to Dr. Schroeder's Sandino Rebellion project by traveling to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. on a research trip. In the fall, she plans to work as an intern for Lebanon Valley College's Office of Marketing and Communications.
Rick Chamberlain, Foreign Languages Editor
Rick Chamberlin teaches courses at all levels in both German and French. He earned his PhD in German Literature from the University of Michigan in 1997; his areas of research are German and French medieval literature, as well as literary relations between the 20th-century German literature and culture. He joined LVC in 2006.
Jared Larson, Foreign Languages Editor At Large
Jared D. Larson, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, was a Visiting Instructor of Spanish at Lebanon Valley College in 2008-09. A Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the University of Delaware, he holds a B.A. in Spanish, French and Philosophy from Emporia State University (Emporia, Kansas) and an M.A. in International Relations and International Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In addition to having been a Visiting Researcher at the Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales in 2008, he has also been a Research Associate at the Instituto Galego de Análise e Documentación Internacional in Baiona, Galicia (Spain) since 2006. In 2009-10 he will be a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Estudos Geográficos at the Universidade de Lisboa, on a Fulbright scholarship. He speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and has studied Basque, Catalan, Galician, Italian and Mandarin.
Anthony Feudale, Student Editor
Anthony Feudale is a senior with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology and minor in Sociology. He is a member of the PSI CHI honor society in Psychology as well as a member of the Lebanon Valley College Philosophy honor society. He has assisted Dr. Robert T. Valgenti in the construction of an index for his translation of Luigi Pareyson's Truth and Interpretation, and he works for Lebanon Valley College as an IT technician.
Becca Worhach, Student Editor
Becca Worhach is a sophomore majoring in Art and Art History. Becca has won the "Student of Promise" award from the art and art history department and is involved in The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery.