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Jill Silos-Rooney, Ph.D.


Associate Professor History; Speechwriter, Mayor's Office, Haverhill MA; Historical Consultant

About Me

Hello! I am a popular blogger and freelance writer with a large social media following. My legal writing has been cited in the Maryland Law Review and a brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, but my breadth and depth of knowledge allows me to work for many clients on many diverse topics.

The many clients I have written for include:

--The Chronicle of Higher Education

--Teaching Tolerance

--The Century Foundation

-- About.com (now ThoughtCo.com)


--The Smithsonian Institution


In addition, I have contributed articles to many other political and cultural institutions and academic and educational publishers.

My writing topics include:


*Higher Education

*K-12 Education


*Diversity and Cultural Competence

*American politics

*Popular Film and Music

*Fashion and Cosmetics

*Dating an Relationships

*Corporate Policy

*Product copywriting.

I also develop online content for a variety of publishers and marketing agencies, including legal content, online articles, direct mail advertising, and technical writing. I am skilled at using SEO to build audiences and have a regular following, with 1000+ followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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Law Practice

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Higher Education

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Civic & Social Organization

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

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Mental Health Care

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My Writing Samples

Poor College Students Are No Laughing Matter

This article explores the plight of financial difficulties among college students.


Stop and Frisk Lives On--For Now

This articles explores the legal implications of the New York City Stop & Frisk policy.


The 7 Most Liberal Supreme Court Justices in American History

This list article highlights the most liberal judges who have sat on the Supreme Court and their most well-known decisions.


New Challenges to the Death Penalty

This article explains the primary arguments made by death penalty opponents.


The Worst Five Wardrobe Choices for a First Date

A humorous advice column on what not to wear if you want to impress your date.


Yada Yada: The Safest and Most Dangerous First Date Conversation Topics

Another humorous advice column on what subjects you should never, ever discuss on a first date.



History Professor

As Associate Professor of History, I review and revise departmental curriculum to reflect current standards in the field; develop new courses; plan and teach courses in U.S.History, Western Civilization, World History, and an Honors Seminar entitled "Nazi Germany and the Holocaust." I also train faculty in new teaching techniques as well as curriculum and assessment.

Company: MassBay Community College

I worked there from 6/2011 until now

Historical Consultant and Writer

I conduct accurate historical research and craft engaging historical narratives for clients including Ancestry.com, McGraw-Hill, civic organizations and town/city governments, et.al.

Company: Ancestry.com

I worked there from 9/2003 until now

Contributing Author, African American National Biography

I research and write biographies on blues musicians, actors, and writers.

Company: Oxford University Press

I worked there from /2008 until now

Education Blogger at Teaching Tolerance and The Century Foundation

I write about student civil rights, diversity in the classroom, and higher education policy for the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Teaching Tolerance" website. I write about federal education policy for The Century Foundation.

Company: Southern Poverty Law Center

I worked there from 4/2013 until now

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Spring into Community Gardening!

It's nearly February: time to start thinking about using your gardening experience to help people in your community! This blog article will show experienced and new gardeners how to spot local opportunities to establish community gardens and pocket herb gardens supply food to needy families, shelters, and food banks.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: community garden, pocket garden, guerilla gardening, food pantries, food banks, homelessness,shelters


Use Products to Put Clients at Ease

Many clients are nervous about trying something new, especially if it's an intimate service such as waxing. There are ways to make these clients more comfortable and to build relationships with clients to create repeat customers! This article will show you how.

Content type: Article

Keywords: waxing, salon equipment, customer loyalty, repeat customers


Finding a Safe Space

Individuals struggling with psychosis have a hard time trusting people and taking advice. This article will explain how The MendCenter creates a self-space for individuals struggling with mental illness.

Content type: Article

Keywords: psychosis, suicide, trauma, therapy, safe spaces, mental illness


Nurturing Healthy Childhood Friendships

Children are just as susceptible to toxic friendships as anyone else. Learn the signs of potentially troubling relationships, including bullying or manipulative situations between children, to help teach your son or daughter how to be a responsible friend while still maintaining safe and healthy boundaries.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: bullying,mean girls,conformity,individuality,ethics


The Hidden Causes of Addiction

This blog post will explore the latest scientific news on the genetics of addiction, and the potential scientific cures for biology-based addiction.

Content type: Blog Post


Living with Psychosis: A Caretaker's View

What can family members, friends, and other loved ones do to help the patient lead a normal family life and develop thriving friendships? This article will provide advice for caregivers on how to manage their own emotional responses in order to maintain a relationship with the patient.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: cognitive therapy,marriage,caregiver,depression


The World's Best Groups Working on Food Availability

This article will highlight some of the most successful philanthropic groups working to increase food supplies in threatened communities. One example is Sustainable Harvest International, which trains Central Americans in ways to increase the productivity of their land.

Content type: Article

Keywords: drought,famine,poverty,food insecurity,philanthropy


Foraging for Fun: September Is National Mushroom Month

This blog post will explain some of the basics of mushroom hunting, including prime locations for find edible mushrooms and the dangers of misidentification. Will include one recipe for braised wild mushrooms.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: mushrooms,truffles,savory,foraging,mycology,cooking


Banishing the Back to School Blues

Kids dread the first day of school, while parents celebrate the return of routine. Such a difference of opinion can make the first day of school a day of potential tears, frustration, and tantrums. And that's just the parents! This blog post will provide tips to help make parents manage the first day of school and make it fun for everyone.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: tantrum,meltdown,school clothes


Shake It Up: New Recipes for National Chocolate Milkshake Day

This blog post will provide the history of the chocolate milkshake and variations to make at home. It will feature organic options, alcohol-infused shakes, and new flavors. Featured products can be added based on client needs.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: milkshakes,non-dairy,almonds,amaretto,malteds


No More Tears: Making Math Homework a Fun Family Activity

Too many children struggle over math homework and develop math anxiety at an early age. Recent studies have also shown that homework stress can have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of children. This can prevent them from developing confidence in math or academic success as they move on to more complex math. These suggestions will help parents create a positive and engaging environment for their children while they do their math homework.

Content type: Article

Keywords: math anxiety, math homework, academic stress, family time, academic success, academic achievement, homework stress


10 Ways Parents Can Make the Classroom a Kinder Place

This article will focus on ways that parents can help their children have kinder and more thoughtful interactions with their fellow students. Most articles on building kindness in the classroom focus on what teachers can do. This article will show parents how they can help their children build more positive student interactions and community through at-home activities.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: kindness,compassion,fairness,friendship,self-care,boundaries,appreciation


Giving Consumers a Voice

Hello! Your clients want to expand, and I can help them. I believe it’s important for all potential consumers to feel in control, and my writing gives them that confidence, no matter what the product or company’s services. Give me a chance. You won’t regret it!

Content type: Blog Post


Top Ten Confidence Boosters

Nervous about an upcoming presentation or job interview? There are several ways to boost your confidence so you can present your best self.

Content type: Blog Post


10 Ways to Adapt the DBQ for Blended Learning

The Document-Based Question (DBQ) is a standard teaching tool, but it can sometimes seem like a rite exercise with little to excite students. Blended learning can change that by making DBQs more interactive and dynamic.

Content type: Blog Post


10 Ways to Deal with Vaginal Atrophy

Menopause changes the chemical composition of the body, and that sometimes brings discomfort. Vaginal atrophy is one possible effect of menopause but most women don’t know how to identify it or when to see an OB/GYN. This article will provide useful, practical information on vaginal atrophy.

Content type: Article


Best Ever Movie Make-Overs

We’ve all dreamed about having a fantasy make-over that magically changes our lives for the better. After all, isn’t that what we learned from the movies? This article will highlight the most satisfying movie make-overs of all time—a list that will not include the barely believable way that simply removing a pair of glasses, but will focus on true transformations—from Scarlett O’Hara’s move from poor farmer to a glamorous flirt to Goldie Hawn’s transformation in “Private Benjamin.

Content type: Article