Writer Bios

We couldn't offer The Well to our readers without the generous contributions of our writers. Read through their bios to learn from their stories and click through for links to the articles they have written. If you are interested in writing for The Well, explore our Writer's Guidelines.

 

Rebecca Carhart is an assistant project editor at InterVarsity Press. She has an MA in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College Graduate School and serves in several ministries at her church, Highpoint Wheaton. A native of northeast Nebraska, Rebecca lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and blogs at rebeccafcarhart.com.

Sharon Carnahan is Professor of Psychology and Cornell Professor of Service at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she also directs a laboratory preschool.  A graduate of Hope College, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Proctor Insititute on Child Advocacy Ministry (Children's Defense Fund), Dr. Carnahan is a developmental psychologist who teaches child and adolescent development, child assessment and developmental screening, cross-cultural child psychology, and the psychology of religious experiences. She is a prevention scientist who studies the application of developmental principles to the problems of children and families. 

Sylvia Chen is a senior patent operations counsel at Motorola. Prior to joining Motorola, Sylvia was an associate attorney in Washington, D.C., and a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Sylvia earned her JD from the University of Michigan in 1994 and has a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Sylvia is interested in leadership issues in the law profession, particularly related to minority and gender factors. She is married with three children and her biblical hero is Daniel, though she says she is much more like Gideon.

Beverly Chen, MSW, LCSW, serves as Associate Dean of Student Emotional Health at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. She is also an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and has a private practice in Claremont.

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, an Inc.com columnist, and the author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World. She, her entrepreneur husband, and their two adorable hapa sons currently live in Nairobi, Kenya. Connect with her at chengtozun.com or on Twitter or Instagram @dorcas_ct.

Susanna Childress has published two award-winning collections of poetry, Entering the House of Awe (2011), selected for the Society of Midland Authors award, and Jagged with Love (2005), selected by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Brittingham Prize. She lives, works, gardens, parents, founders, and glows in Holland, Michigan.

Jessica Tsai Chin is a leader driven by her dual passions for social impact and consumer-driven insights. After studying Business Administration and Chinese at the University of California, Berkeley, she discovered her passion for consumer businesses and began her career with Apple, Inc., ultimately serving as global project manager heading Apple’s retail expansion efforts in China. Jessica is currently attaining her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
 
Outside of her exceedingly busy professional pursuits, Jessica is an athlete at heart and loves hiking the outdoors. She is also involved in numerous faith-based organizations and looks forward to continuing her involvement upon returning to China following her graduation from Kellogg this June.

Grace Chiu received her PhD in Urban Schooling from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and her EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education. A former classroom teacher and literacy coach, Grace consults in schools and districts across the country, committed to improving the quality of public education for underserved children and youth.  During college, Grace worked as a street artist in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. She is currently training a reading therapy dog, Pip Puddleglum.

E.V. Clare lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she studies poetry and poetics at a local university. In her spare time, she enjoys walking along the St. Joseph river and exchanging books with friends. Her future aspirations include learning — in the vein of poet Charles Olson — to live “carelessly,” and how to fish.

Christena Cleveland is passionate about helping the people of God find the power of unity. She uses social psychological insights, biblical principles, and practical application to equip people to do the work of unity and reconciliation in the church. Christena is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart and is currently writing The Priesthood of the Privileged, which examines power and inequality in the church. She earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is an associate professor of the practice of reconciliation at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.

Laura Cline lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and is engaged to be married to her fiancé Trip in the summer of 2016. Laura has her Master's degree in English from The University of Tennessee and currently is an English Instructor at Pellissippi State Community College where she teaches writing and literature classes. 

Kathy Cooper is the Director of Staff Training & Leadership Development for InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministries, and serves as GFM staff at Brown University Graduate & Medical Schools.  She has a B.A. from Yale in American Studies (Literature) and a Masters of Divinity from Regent College (Vancouver).  Kathy lives in Providence, RI with her husband Keith and their three teenage daughters.  She enjoys cooking, reading, walks with the family dog, conversation over a cup of good coffee, and gardening (a new discovery).

Elizabeth Corey is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Honors College at Baylor University. At Baylor she teaches courses in Constitutional law, Great books, and political philosophy. She is the mother of two children and is expecting a third in April of 2014.

Christy Moran Craft is an Associate Professor of Student Affairs in the College of Education at Kansas State University. Her research is focused on issues related to religion and spirituality in higher education, including the experiences of evangelical Christians in secular higher education.

 

Chandra Crane works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries, is pursuing her MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary, and is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in a multi-ethnic family in the Southwest and now transplanted to the Deep South, Chandra is passionate about diversity and family. She is married to Kennan, a civil engineer, and they have two young daughters. Chandra enjoys reading, napping, and defying stereotypes.  

Catherine Hirshfeld Crouch is Associate Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College, where she has taught since 2003 and was awarded tenure in 2009. Dr. Crouch has extensive expertise in both the optical properties of nanoscale materials and pedagogical best practices for college and university science. She earned her PhD. at Harvard University and continued at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow with Eric Mazur until beginning her position at Swarthmore. She has published more than thirty peer-reviewed research articles and regularly involves Swarthmore undergraduate students in her work. She has also spoken and written about the intersection of faith and science in a number of settings including the Q conference and InterVarsity’s Following Christ conference for graduate and professional students. She is married to Andy Crouch and together they are raising their children Timothy and Amy. 

Andy Crouch (MDiv) is the award-winning author of Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing. He is the executive director of Christianity Today. Andy is married to Catherine Crouch, an associate professor in the Department of Physics at Swarthmore College and a contributor to The Biologus Forum. They have two children.

Julie M. Dahl is a wife and mother of two wonderful boys. She directs the Spanish Language Program for the Division of Continuing Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a passion for all things related to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking cultures.

Emily A. Dause received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Messiah College and her M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University.  She is a public school teacher and a freelance writer. Her writing appears in PRISM Magazine, Teaching Children Mathematics, and her blog, sliversofhope.com. You can also follow her at Facebook or on Twitter.

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