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Editor-in-chief Tom Parslow grew up in Southern California. After completing his military service in the US Army, he received a bachelor’s in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in physics from California State University, Northridge. He later pursued additional studies in Chemistry and History of Science. Tom is currently on medical leave. TLR will resume publication upon his return.

Senior Staff Writer David Glenn Cox was born in Chicago, Illinois. In his own words, “I was educated in the best and worst public schools in the country.” He is an award winning writer and musician, and is the author of the novel, The Servants of Pilate. His second book, a collection of essays, is complete.

Staff I.F. Northfield was born in London, UK. He was educated at several universities in England and now works as a freelance science writer. He is interested in the relationship between science and politics.


Evan S. Levine MD FACC, is Director of the Cardiovascular Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center – Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also the author of the book “What Your Doctor Won’t (or can’t) Tell You.” He lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

Dennis Loo is Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a Harvard honors graduate in Government and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society and Co-Editor/Author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney.

Roland Benedikter is European Foundation Professor of Multidisciplinary Political Sociology with specialization in Contextual Political Analysis and Contemporary Analysis in residence at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Long-term Visiting Scholar 2009-13, The Europe Center, Stanford University, USA. Contact: rben@stanford.edu.

James Giordano, PhD, is 2011-2012 Fulbright Professor of Neurotechnology and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA, USA. Contact: jgiordano@potomacinstitute.org.

Kellia Ramares-Watson is an independent journalist in Oakland, CA. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington. She is an associate producer for WINGS – Women’s International News Gathering Service, a syndicated women’s radio program. She is also a member of demonetize.it, a European-based website and email discussion list dedicated to alternative economics such as non-market socialism, the gift economy, the commons, and de-growth solidarity.

Mark Johnson is a freelance writer living in the high desert of Southern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles.

Jackie Colvin grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and in 2005 moved to Chicago where she currently resides. She received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and now works as a research assistant and freelance writer.

Maria Ramos is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Communication. She blogs about the environment, technological advancements, and lifestyle health issues.

Matt Hanson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has lived in Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and Canada, and has worked with numerous daily newspapers, online start-ups, leftist magazines and everything in between since 2005.

Daniel Huang is a student at New York University where he is studying politics and journalism. He writes for the Washington Square News, Gould Standard, and other internet publications.

Peter Le Zotte is a freelance writer living in Florida. His only credentials are life’s scars and a dogged belief that there’s more to personal worth than a credit score, that the ideal of the self-made person is still floating around out there somewhere waiting to be grasped.

Joshua Grant grew up in Dallas, Texas. He then moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New School University. He also attended La Sorbonne University in Paris, where he currently resides. He works as an English teacher while also pursuing his Masters in Media Studies. His primary interest is critiquing cinema.

Brian Kennedy is a freelance writer based out of Oakland, CA. He received a BA in Philosophy and Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006. He has since been an editor at a weekly newspaper and currently works at a civil rights law firm in Oakland.

Mike Marino was born and raised in the blue collar city of Detroit, Michigan. He is the managing editor of two weekly newspapers in the Northwest, an author of four books, and a freelance writer for numerous publications in North America and abroad.

Lauren Migliore is a California native where she attended the University of California, Irvine and received a BA in Cognitive Science. She has been residing in France this past year, learning French and freelance writing. Her current interests are traveling, dancing, reading non-fiction and ordering dessert.

Jonathon Saia received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The New School for General Studies in New York. A lifelong love of the arts, particularly cinema, led him to Los Angeles where he currently works in television and theatre.

Laura Schleifer created the word ‘artivist’ to describe her vocation as an artist-activist. An NYU-Tisch graduate writer/theater artist, her work has spanned the Middle East, performing for Palestinian and Iraqi children on a theater/circus tour, to teaching English/drama in Nicaragua, performing her songs and monologues off-Broadway , and arts mentoring NYC homeless and at-risk youth. Her feature screenplay, The Feral Child, was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist. She writes for several magazines, including Looking Glass, Red Channels, and Scenario.

J. Strosser has degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Education. Currently his primary interests are the school reform movement, U.S. foreign policy, economics, and critiquing religion—particularly Christianity.

Maxwell Ross is a freelance journalist from Long Island, NY. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 with a BA in International Relations, and since then has worked in nonprofits, education, and journalism.

Neri Zilber is an Institute of Current World Affairs writing fellow based in Israel. He was raised and educated in Israel, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and a master’s degree from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He was previously a researcher and analyst specializing on the Middle East at the US Library of Congress, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the World Jewish Congress. Most recently, he was a freelance writer on international politics and culture living in New York City.