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MARIA STRESHINSKY

Editor in Chief Maria Streshinsky launched Pacific Standard in 2012. She was previously the managing editor at The Atlantic in Washington, D.C., where she managed a staff of more than 25 editors, writers, art directors, and interns. In 2009 she won the Atlantic Media Company 2009 Chairman’s Award for editing excellence. Before The Atlantic, Streshinsky spent two years at the U.S. Department of the Interior as a program analyst working on Indian Affairs issues. After graduating from the University of California-Santa Cruz, she began a career in magazine journalism with VIA, the AAA magazine in San Francisco. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for various magazines.

CRAIG EDWARDS

Art Director Craig Edwards has more than 15 years experience at regional, national, and international publications. Edwards studied journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and spent several years working at The Detroit News, designing the arts and entertainment, food, and home design sections. Edwards helped create and launch Distinction, an upscale lifestyle magazine published by the Los Angeles Times. He also served as corporate creative director at Where, an international network of city magazines and museum-quality books published for visitors in more than 50 cities around the world. Edwards also worked at Condé Nast Publications as an art director for Architectural Digest. His work has been recognized by Time magazine, the Society of Publication Designers, the Society for News Design, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

JOHN GRAVOIS

Deputy Editor John Gravois was previously an editor and writer at the Washington Monthly, a magazine of politics, policy, and ideas in the nation’s capital. Before that, he was a senior editor of The Review, a weekly ideas and culture supplement to The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi; a staff writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education; a researcher at the New America Foundation; and a reporter at the Cambodia Daily. He is a graduate of Deep Springs College and his writing has appeared in Slate, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, New York, and elsewhere.

NICHOLAS JACKSON

Digital Director Nicholas Jackson previously served as the digital editorial director at Outside. Before that, he was an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he launched the magazine’s health coverage online. He is also an officer of The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, a multi-disciplinary learned society whose essential purpose is the encouragement and improvement of scholarly research and education in literary journalism. Named one of Folio magazine’s 15 under 30, spotlighting young professionals driving media’s next-generation innovation, in 2012, Jackson has also worked for Slate, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Texas Monthly, and other publications, both online and in print. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. He also serves as associate publisher of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, home of Pacific Standard.

RYAN O’HANLON

Senior Digital Editor Ryan O’Hanlon joined Pacific Standard from Outside, where he was an assistant online editor. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, and his writing has appeared in Deadspin, Grantland, The Awl, New York, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.

TOM JACOBS

Staff Writer Tom Jacobs is a veteran journalist and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. Through interviews, reviews, and essays, he has tracked and analyzed trends in the arts and sciences, with an emphasis on psychology, the role of culture, and the cultivation of creativity. A native of Chicago, Jacobs earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

GRAEME WOOD

Books Editor Graeme Wood has written about books for many other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the American Scholar, Bookforum, and the Globe & Mail, and he is a contributing editor to the New Republic and the Atlantic. He studied philosophy at Harvard, Arabic at the American University in Cairo, and Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University.

MICHAEL FITZGERALD

Associate Editor Michael Fitzgerald previously worked at The New Republic in Washington, D.C., and the Oxford American in Arkansas. He recently completed a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

BETTINA CHANG

Associate Digital Editor Bettina Chang previously directed editorial content at HomeStyle and Real Estate Weekly. A Chicago native, she currently serves on the board of directors for Supplies for Dreams, working to improve education outcomes for Chicago Public Schools students. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post and DNAInfo Chicago. She covered poverty and crime issues at The Star newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

RYAN JACOBS

Associate Digital Editor Ryan Jacobs was previously an editorial fellow at The Atlantic, where he wrote for and produced the magazine’s China and Global channels online. Before that, he was a senior editorial fellow at Mother Jones. His work has also appeared in the Bay Citizen, Sierra magazine, the Point Reyes Light, The Chicago Reporter, and others. During his short reporting career, his coverage has ranged from the discovery of a potentially new species of phytoplankton to the scene of a quintuple homicide.

ETHAN WATTERS

Contributing Editor Ethan Watters is the author of Urban Tribes, an examination of the mores of affluent “never marrieds” and the co-author of Making Monsters, a groundbreaking indictment of the recovered memory movement. A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Men’s Journal, Details, Wired, and PRI’s This American Life, he has appeared on such national media as Good Morning America, Talk of the Nation, and CNN. His work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Watters is co-founder (along with Ethan Canin and Po Bronson) of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, where he sometimes teaches writing classes. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

KIHANA LANGDON

Editorial Assistant Kihana Langdon received her B.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a semester.

PAUL BISCEGLIO

Editorial Fellow Paul Bisceglio is the co-creator of Land That I Live, an online literary journal that publishes original creative writing by geographically disparate writers about place and identity in America. Previously, he was an editorial intern at Smithsonian magazine and a staff reporter at Manhattan Media, which publishes the print weeklies West Side Spirit and Our Town in New York. He is a graduate of Haverford College and completed a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Warwick in Coventry, United Kingdom.

EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Colin Camerer
Mickey Edwards
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Abe Peck
Harold Pollack
Robin Rosenberg
Paul Starr
Thomas Tighe
Shankar Vedantam

PUBLISHING

SARA MILLER-MCCUNE

Sara Miller McCune is the founder, executive chairman, and publisher of Pacific Standard, and the publisher and chair of SAGE Publications, Inc., the California-based book and journal publishing house, as well as president of the McCune Foundation, based in Montecito, California. In 1965, she founded SAGE Publications in New York City and moved the company to California in mid-1966, serving as its president for 18 years prior to becoming SAGE’s chairman in 1984. SAGE Publications, one of the leading academic and educational publishers in the world, is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, and has offices in Washington, D.C.; London; New Delhi and Kolkata, India; and Singapore.

GEANE DELIMA

Geane DeLima is the president of Pacific Standard. She has more than 25 years of experience in publishing, marketing, advertising, and non-profit management. She has worked closely with the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for Public Health Education, the Association of Black Psychologists, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.

NICHOLAS JACKSON

Nicholas Jackson is the associate publisher of Pacific Standard, as well as the magazine’s digital director. He previously served as the digital editorial director at Outside. Before that, he was an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he launched the magazine’s health coverage online. He is also an officer of The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, a multi-disciplinary learned society whose essential purpose is the encouragement and improvement of scholarly research and education in literary journalism.

PARDISE AMIRSHAHI

Advertising Director Pardise Amirshahi brings years of experience in media buying and selling to Pacific Standard. After years of marketing, business development, and agency work, Pardise turned to advertising in 1996. Since then she has mainly represented media that help people realize their full potential while living in harmony with nature. Her portfolio includes publisher of New Age Journal, Body & Soul, Andrew Weil Newsletter, as well as Natural Home, Mothering, Living Crafts, Louis Blouin Media, Philips Publishing, and Wisdom Channel. Prior to her career in media Pardise served as managing director of an ad agency in Colorado, and business development director at a multi-branch design firm headquartered in Southern California.

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