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Jamila dePeiza-Kern

As the editorial assistant for Arnoldia, I support the editor and work with contributors to guide them through the editorial and production process. In particular, I enjoy witnessing the journey a story takes—from seed to leaf to polished finished product.

I have a longstanding interest in urban green spaces and public horticulture, beginning with my childhood in Jamaica Plain, where I grew up next to a community garden and spent many happy hours at local parks, urban woods, and on the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum. I graduated from Smith College in 2022, having spent all four years working at the college’s botanic garden—as an indoor educator as well as on the outdoor crew. Today, I continue to be passionate about exploring the connections between landscapes and people, and how to create and cultivate public green spaces that are equitable, accessible, and healthy for all.


BA, Anthropology
Smith College