Madalynn Conkle is an incoming fourth-year student at The Ohio State University where she is pursuing a double major in English literature and economics and is a scholar in the Politics, Society and Law Scholars Program.
She joined the department's staff as the student leader of the Marketing & Communications Team during the summer of 2017. Conkle focuses on managing projects; monitoring analytics; liaisoning between the department and its affiliated groups; editing stories; and producing web content to promote the Department of English.
In addition to working on the Communications Team, Conkle is part of an international research team of economists analyzing historical demographic, geographic and consumer data to study dynamics of discrimination in public accommodations in the pre-Civil Rights era.
Conkle combines her interests in English and economic literacy by mentoring in the student service organization Moneythink. Moneythink educates urban high school students in personal finance and post-secondary opportunities. In her terms as Programs Director and President, Conkle has played a significant role in revising Moneythink's curriculum and outreach initiatives.
Currently, Conkle also serves as Secretary of Ohio Staters, Inc., the university's oldest service organization and a nonprofit dedicated to creating projects benefiting the welfare and traditions of Ohio State. Projects she has completed include leading the creation a 20,000-pound granite sculpture of "Script Ohio" to install on campus and facilitating a conversation about literary censorship in American prisons. Her current projects are creating signage about the history and traditions of Ohio State's Mirror Lake; installing lending libraries on campus; and curating the University Museum.