Meet Our Team

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Alexander Levering Kern

Founding Editor

Alexander Levering Kern (he/him/his) is a widely-published poet, writer, and editor. A Quaker chaplain and interfaith leader, Alex serves as the founding Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University. Editor of the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations, Alex’s poems appear in SpiritusCONSEQUENCE online,The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), About Place JournalSpare Change News, and elsewhere.


Dola Haque

Managing Editor

Dola Haque (she/her/hers) is a Master of Arts student in English at Northeastern University. Her research includes rhetorics of immigration and race, global feminisms, and narratives and storytelling. Language is her obsession. She is an aspiring novelist and public scholar who hopes to crush the hetero-normative patriarchy while unapologetically finding ways to be joyful and singing her way through life.

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Katya Forsyth

Lead Design

Katya was born in Russia and grew up in Los Angeles, before moving to Boston to pursue their BA in International Affairs at Northeastern University. They have long been involved in the interfaith community at Northeastern University, and will be pursuing a MS in Environmental Science and Policy at Northeastern in 2021.

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Isabela Fox-Mills

Assistant Editor

Isabela Fox-Mills was born in Manhattan, NY, and grew up an hour north of the city. In her hometown, she was able to explore nature while having a bustling, creative, and stylish city to her disposal. Currently she is studying Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University, as a rising second year. She is hoping to pursue anything from a law degree to a Master’s in Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, cooking vegan meals, exploring nature, and thrift shopping.

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Scout Gullick

Assistant Editor

Scout Gullick is pursuing a degree in English and Environmental Studies here at Northeastern University. She is originally from Miami, Florida, but after years abroad, she is working on finding what feels like home. With a passion for sustainability and conservation, you can often find her exploring nature or trying new plant-based recipes.

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Soo Laski

Assistant Editor

Soo Laski (she/her/hers) is quoted in the articles “Moving Interfaith Programs to Online Spaces” and “Right in Their Backyard” and her work is referenced in the book Practicing Development: Upending Assumptions for Positive Change. A Protestant Christian, she serves as the Assistant Director at the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS). Soo has been involved in interfaith leadership for over 10 years and has partnered with local community leaders and organizations to bring clean potable water to communities in need on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.

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Madelaine Millar

Marketing and Publicity Editor

Madelaine Millar is a fourth year Journalism student at Northeastern University pursuing double minors in International Affairs and Global Fashion Studies. She was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. She’s the Managing Editor of The Avenue, Northeastern University's fashion and culture magazine, and she cares deeply about connecting people with the stories that matter to them. In her free time she enjoys knitting, cooking, and dance.

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Ben Rubin

Website Editor

A lifelong reader turned English major, Benjamin Rubin is ecstatic to be a part of the Pensive team. This journal is his first time working on a collaborative literary project and he appreciates the turn away from reading/writing's otherwise solitary nature. He hopes that, in today's unstable and isolated times, those who read Pensive get a sense of the care and connectedness that this publication has given him.

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Jayla Tillison

Layout Editor

Jayla Tillison is a second year Architectural Studies and Civil Engineering student at Northeastern University. As something of a “Renaissance woman”, she has always been deeply interested in the freedom to be found in the arts and fascinated by the intricacies of the sciences. In recent years she has found a great sense of community through these interests and hopes to continue to contribute to that moving forwards.

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Caitlin Vinton

Assistant Editor

Caitlin Vinton is a third-year undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying Environmental Studies and Political Science (Combined) with a Theatre Minor. During the summer before college, she obtained her first official job at the Franklin Park Zoo as a Keeper’s Aide in the Franklin Farm. She also spent the first summer in college as a Student Researcher at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. From creative writing to academic research, writing has always been a part of her life. She is a lifelong resident of South Boston, living in a triple decker with her parents and her dog, Remi.