Get to Know Us

Get to Know Us

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site with a 20+ year focus on expert-created education content. We are proud to be one of the top-10 information sites, as measured by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. In 2018, ThoughtCo received a Communicator Award in the General Education category and a Davey Award in the Education category.

At ThoughtCo, we believe that great inspiration begins with a question, and we help 13 million users answer theirs every month. Whether yours is about science and math, humanities and religion, or architecture and the arts, our in-depth articles, written by literature writers, Ph.D.s, and experienced instructors, are designed to give you the answers and information you need in a clear, easy-to-navigate format. So whether you are asking for a class, that next conversation, or just because you want to know, ThoughtCo can help.

Let your curiosity lead the way. ThoughtCo, Lifelong Learning.

Our Writers

Our hundreds of writers have produced over 40,000 articles and have advanced degrees in their subject areas. Many of our literature writers, for example, have degrees in English or Classic Literature. Our language writers are not just native speakers of the language they write about — they’re also experienced instructors of that language.

  • Allen Grove, Ph.D.

    Allen Grove, Ph.D., is a professor of English with 25 years of experience, and a college admissions expert who has been helping students with the college admissions process for over a decade. He has been writing for ThoughtCo and About.com Education since 2008.

    For five years, Dr. Grove directed Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program to help students make the challenging transition from high school to college. He is the Chair of the English Department, regularly teaching first-year experience courses, first-year composition, and British Literature. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has edited several British novels.

    Dr. Grove earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and, with some course work at Harvard and Wellesley, a B.S. in Literature from M.I.T. He then earned his master's and Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

    Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., has extensive experience as a science writer. She has covered chemistry for ThoughtCo and About.com Education since 2001 and has taught chemistry, biology, astronomy, and physics at the high school, college, and graduate level. She has worked abstracting and indexing diverse scientific literature for the Department of Energy.

    Dr. Helmenstine has bachelor of arts degrees in physics and mathematics with a minor in chemistry from Hastings College in Nebraska and a doctorate of philosophy in biomedical sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In her doctoral work, Dr. Helmenstine developed ultra-sensitive chemical detection and medical diagnostic tests.

  • Jocelly Meiners, Ph.D.

    Jocelly Meiners, Ph.D., is a language educator who has taught Spanish and French at the college level since 2008. She has been writing for ThoughtCo since 2018.

    Dr. Meiners is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches introductory, intermediate, and accelerated Spanish language and writing courses. She currently specializes in courses for Heritage Spanish learners and co-directs the Texas Consortium for Heritage Spanish. Dr. Meiners has also served as a reader for the Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language and Culture exam.

    Dr. Meiners earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics and M.A. in French Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Robert Longley

    Robert Longley has covered U.S. government, citizenship and American history for ThoughtCo and About.com Education since 1997.

    Robert is a retired urban planning professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the areas of land use planning, zoning code development and administration, and geographic information systems. He has worked as a liaison with federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

    As liaison for two cities, Robert worked directly with the U.S. Census Bureau on completion of the 1980, 1990, and 2000 Decennial U.S. Censuses. In addition, he has worked as an election official in several local, state, and federal elections.

Ethics, Editorial Guidelines and Quality Standards

We take great pride in the quality of our content. We produce fact-based, unbiased, well-researched articles that acknowledge the validity of all viewpoints. ThoughtCo articles include a source list to support the writer’s claims and to enable readers to explore the topic further. Once an article is written, the ThoughtCo editorial staff reviews and edits it before publishing it to our library, then constantly updates it to ensure the highest quality. If you notice something in one of our articles that needs to be corrected, please send us an email at contact@thoughtco.com and let us know.

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Meet Our Team

Molly Fergus

VP & General Manager

Molly is the Vice President and General Manager of ThoughtCo, and she has been with the company since 2013.

Before joining Dotdash, Molly was an associate digital editor for Condé Nast Traveler, where she helped launch the magazine’s first proprietary website. Previously, she contributed to communications for education and nonprofit organizations, including The Immunization Partnership and the University of Missouri College of Education. Her work has also appeared in Self, Redbook, Women’s Wear Daily, and CNN.

She lives in New York City, grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Olivia Valdes

Associate Editor

Olivia Valdes is Associate Editor of ThoughtCo. She has been with the company since 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Olivia worked in the manuscript editorial department at Yale University Press. She has also written for The Economist Careers Network and other education outlets.

Olivia holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She grew up in South Florida and lives in New York City.

Hildara Araya

Content Manager

Hildara Araya is Content Manager at ThoughtCo. She joined the editorial team in 2017, and previously wrote for About.com’s Spanish language Pregnancy and Childbirth site from 2011 to 2016.

A Costa Rica native, Hildara has more than 15 years of experience in journalism and bilingual communications, including magazine and online writing and editing for both national and international publications.

Hildara holds a B.S. in Journalism and a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Costa Rica, as well as an M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. In addition, she is a certified prenatal educator. Hildara’s favorite book is Love in the Time of Cholera.

About Dotdash

ThoughtCo is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, Treehugger and ThoughtCo.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell: The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. Nearly 30 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 16 million people each month.

The Balance: The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to nearly 12 million people each month.

The Spruce: The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach over 32 million people each month.

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps over 10 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4 million hungry readers each month.

Byrdie: Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches seven million people each month.

Brides: Brides inspires and guides our nearly three million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

MyDomaine: MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches two million people each month.

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps nearly six million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over three million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com: Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate over three million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

Treehugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With over a million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

ThoughtCo: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps over seven million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: Comscore, October 2020 US

Dotdash Press

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Senior Management Team

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