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David Siminoff, Shmoop Literature lead:

Honors in English from Stanford; studied English literature at Oxford; MFA from USC School of
Cinema and Television; MBA from Stanford; published author and award-winning screenwriter.

Deb Tennen, Chief Editor:

B.A. and M.A. from Middlebury College; Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Stanford; published research author; published People magazine letter-to-the-editor author.