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Jeanne Nicholson Siler began her journalism career with the Richmond Times-Dispatch while an
undergraduate at The College of William Mary in Virginia. As a newspaper staffer, she interviewed
toxic waste opponents and 100-year-olds, plus covered budget meetings, tugboat races and stranded
whales. She earned a master’s degree in Anthropology in 2003 from the University of Virginia with
research into why journalists are quick to write about bones, books and Native Americans, but not
theories of cultural difference. Her teaching positions have included non-fiction writing for out-of-
school adults, communication practices for factory workers, first-year college composition courses,
introductory anthropology for elementary school students, and tutoring with international graduate
students at U.Va. She is the author of Fayette Street, A Hundred-year History of African American Life in
Martinsville, Virginia, a grant-funded community history. She ventured into the world of blogging while
sailing with Semester at Sea as Director of the Writing Center for the Summer 2011 voyage. Jeanne now
works as a Program Associate at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, a non-profit foundation
in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thanks to living abroad in the Netherlands as an AFS high-school exchange
student, she speaks Dutch.