Madeleine Thomas is a staff writer for Pacific Standard magazine in Santa Barbara, California. Throughout her reporting, she has visited retired uranium mines in Montana, radical feminist haunted houses in Los Angeles, the drought-ridden fields of California's Central Valley and the churning waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Grist, VICE, Reuters and the East Bay Express. She has her master's degree from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She also owns too many jean jackets.