Editorial Team

The Iris Journal of Scholarship is collaborative at its heart. Its founding members decided to reflect this value in the leadership structure and thus formed the LEAD Team. LEAD stands for the four major areas of operation for the Iris Journal as a graduate student organization: logistics, editorial, administrative, and design/marketing. 

Logistics: Annie Everett, Master of Public Policy 2020. Annie has served as the Logistics Director for the Iris Journal of Scholarship since April 2019. Annie earned her Bachelor's in History from the University of Arkansas in 2015 and a Master's in Modern European History from the University of Tennessee in 2017. Since August 2017, Annie has worked in various full-time administrative capacities at Vanderbilt University. Alongside her M.P.P coursework, Annie currently serves as the Program Assistant for the English Department's doctoral program at Vanderbilt.

Editorial: Lauren McGuire, Master of Public Policy 2020. Lauren serves as the Editorial Director for the Spring 2020 issue of the Iris Journal of Scholarship. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University in 2016 and spent two years post-graduation coaching collegiate women as a leadership consultant for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Lauren currently serves as a graduate assistant for the Office of the Provost and the Staff Steering Committee for Women's Initiatives at Vanderbilt University.

Administration: Marjorie Faith Christian, Master of Public Policy 2020. Faith has served as the Administrative head of the Iris Journal of Scholarship since April 2019. Faith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2015 and worked as an AmeriCoprs member in rural Kentucky before beginning the M.P.P. at Vanderbilt University. While at Peabody College, Faith has worked as a research assistant for the Fuchs research group. She is currently working as an Education Specialist for the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Design & Marketing: Jackie Aboulafia, Master of Public Policy 2020. Jackie serves as the Design & Marketing Team Director for the Spring 2020 issue of the Iris Journal of Scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College in 2017. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she was an AmeriCorps high school English teacher in NYC. At Peabody, Jackie is a research assistant for the LPO department and works remotely as a policy intern for NYU's Metro Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.


Faculty Adviser: Brenda McKenzie, Senior Lecturer and Program Director/Practicum Coordinator in Higher Education Administration (Department of Leadership, Policy & Organizations). Brenda McKenzie has over 20 years of professional experience in higher education/student affairs with experience in the areas of leadership development, orientation/new student programs, residence life, student activities, and fraternity and sorority life. Her teaching focuses on the education and development of emerging higher education professionals. Her research interests include college student leadership development, women and leadership, socialization of new student affairs professionals, and the development of multicultural competency skills in student affairs educators.  Current research initiatives include higher education/student affairs graduate student professional identity development, and college student leadership identity development.