Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

Contributing Writer

Carrie Whitney is an Atlanta-based writer with a love of all things design, particularly tile. In addition to being willing to cover any topic that sparks her interest, she has spent many years zeroing in on home improvement and currently serves as the newsletter editor for Kitchen & Bath Business magazine. Although she’s never tackled a renovation of her own, she’s pretty handy with a paintbrush.

Carrie earned a B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University, then an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in history. Along the way, she picked up a B.A. in French literature and remains a devoted Francophile (allez les Bleus!). In addition to writing, she teaches in the department of communication at her alma mater and tries to keep up with the latest trends in social media.

Recent Contributions

5 Students Talk Voting for POTUS for the Very First Time

Young voters in the U.S. have a historically low turnout, which means the democracy fails to represent the youth generation. But we talked to five college students voting for POTUS this year who are determined to make a change.

The Pomodoro Technique: You Can Tackle Any Task 25 Minutes at a Time

Whether you're a procrastinator or a workaholic, you can improve your time management. How? With a timer, scheduled breaks and some serious discipline.

How Geronimo Went From Guerilla Warrior to POW

The life and legacy of Apache warrior Geronimo is a tale that has been twisted over time. One thing that is certain is he spent much of his life avenging the death of his wife and children.

Who Is In Charge of Policing Mask Mandates?

You've probably seen at least one video of someone berating a store employee about why they don't have to wear a mask. So how much can retail stores do to police the mask mandates?

The Man Behind the Legend Who Is Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull is one of the most famous Native Americans in history. And he's way more than just the Lakota warrior he's known for.

Shakespeare Wrote in Iambic Pentameter. But What Is That?

Both William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer are known for using iambic pentameter in their famed works of literature. But what is iambic pentameter and how can you spot it?

The Pros and Cons of Pandemic Learning Pods

The coronavirus is forcing many parents to form at-home 'learning pods.' But who could potentially benefit from these and who could be left behind?

Is It Time to Seriously Consider an Online School for Your Child?

Are you considering a straight-up online school for your child? Here's what you need to know before you make the switch.

Bastille Day: The French Holiday Celebrating Peace and Revolution

The July 14 holiday celebrated by the French is way more complicated than the term "Bastille Day" might suggest.

I Can Go For That: The Yacht Rock Quiz

This smooth music style of the late '70s and early '80s features a SoCal vibe and lots of collaboration among its practitioners (Toto, Michael McDonald, etc.) Don your captain’s hat, grab a pina colada and test your yacht rock knowledge!

Can the President Cut Federal Funding to Schools for Not Reopening?

President Trump is threatening to pull funding from public schools that don't open due to coronavirus. Can he even do that?

Vote By Mail: What You Need to Know for the 2020 Presidential Election

The U.S. presidential election is just around the corner and the country is in the throws of a global health crisis. Is voting by mail the way to stay safe this election cycle?

London Bridge Has Never Fallen Down, But It Keeps Getting Rebuilt

Despite what the nursery rhyme says, London Bridge is not falling down — and never really has. But the bridge that spans the Thames has been rebuilt again and again for two millennia.

Hubble Hubble: Telescope Provides Stunning New Images of Two Planetary Nebulas

Astronomers used Hubble's full range of imaging to dissect wild 'fireworks' happening in two nearby young planetary nebulas.

How to Safely Use Public Bathrooms in the Age of Coronavirus

Sometimes you just can't avoid using a public bathroom. Is it safe with coronavirus raging? How can you be sure?

How to Clean and Store Your Cloth Face Mask

Wearing some sort of face mask is more important than ever now to protect you and others from coronavirus. But how do clean and safely store it?

Is It Safe to Swim During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Now that summer is here, you're probably itching to hit the pool or water park. But is it safe during the coronavirus pandemic? We've got good news and some not-so-good-news.

Read J.K. Rowling's New Book, 'The Ickabog,' Online for Free

J.K. Rowling fans rejoice! The beloved author is releasing a brand-new book online. And it's totally free.

Crayola Unveils New Crayons for Kids of All Colors

Gone are the days of peach and flesh crayons. Crayola just created 24 skin tone crayons to help advance inclusion through coloring.

Unraveling the Romanticized Story of Pocahontas

History and the movie studios have twisted the story of Pocahontas into one of a mythical woman who saved John Smith, willingly converted to Christianity and married an Englishman. The truth, however, isn't so rosy.