Fall 2021—Spring 2022 Masthead

We are always looking for new members for our team. If you are interested in politics and policy, or you want to work on media and podcasts, please e-mail us at americanagorasite@gmail.com introducing yourself and telling us what topics you are interested in, your political ideology or affiliation (or lack thereof), and whether you'd like to be a tech specialist, a writer, or an editor.



Anna Hickey

Anna Hickey is a third-year student at American University majoring in CLEG (Comm., Legal Inst., Econ., Govt.) and minoring in International Studies. They are a progressive who writes about domestic and campus affairs. Anna mostly focuses on critiquing structural electoral and political issues that they view as stifling the democratic process. In their free time, Anna likes to play Dungeons and Dragons, cooking, and doom scrolling Twitter. 


Director of Administration

Benjamin Mermel

Ben Mermel is a native of Central Jersey, which is a place he vehemently swears actually exists. He is a junior, majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies and he is interested in studying law after he graduates. His favorite TV show at the moment is Silicon Valley on HBO.


Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

David Leshchiner

David Leshchiner is a Junior majoring in International Studies and Data Science. At the Agora he is the editor of foreign affairs, writing articles ranging from political philosophy to post colonial independence movements in Oceania. His political beliefs greatly vary from issue to issue but fall around the center left. He is interested in public policy, grand strategy, and all sorts of history. In his free time, he likes to play racket sports, listen to podcasts, and rave about board games.


Managing Editor, Domestic Affairs

Kevin Sciackitano

Kevin Sciackitano is a third-year at American University majoring in Economics and minoring in Finance. An Illinois native and democratic socialist, he writes mostly about macroeconomic policy and reforming our political-economy.


Managing Editor, Campus Affairs

Meagan Keefe

Meagan Keefe is a third-year Public Relations and Strategic Communications major with a minor in Political Science. Her writing focuses mainly in the realms of campus and domestic affairs, with particular interest in civil rights of all sectors. Outside of the Agora, Meagan is an avid lover of her home state, Vermont, and is a self-proclaimed foodie.


Deputy Editor, Domestic Affairs

Kimberly Kraska

Kimberly Kraska is a first-year American University student from New Jersey. She is majoring in CLEG (Comm., Legal Insti. Econ., and Govt.) with aspirations for a career in the political or legal field. Kim is passionate about environmental policy and women's issues. In her spare time, she loves bike riding, playing volleyball, and debating. 

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Staff Writer, Domestic Affairs

Siena Cooney

Siena Cooney is a freshman who hails from northern NJ, and maintains her “NJ pizza and bagels are better” superiority complex. She is majoring in Political Science and is interested in going to law school after college. In her free time, Siena enjoys archery and Krav Maga.

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Staff Writer, Foreign Affairs

Caden Umansky

Caden Umansky is a First Year International Studies Major with a planned minor in history. He was born and raised in San Diego, California. Caden’s main interests include foreign affairs and history. He writes mostly about Foreign affairs and the way the American Government should or shouldn't be involved.


Staff Writer, Domestic Affairs

Jack DiPrimio

Jack is a freshman studying political science focused on covering current events and pop culture. Jack is also involved a a member of the club swim team, Residence Hall Association, AU College Dems, and student government. His favorite spot to study on campus is a secret and he won’t be telling you. 

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Staff Writer, Domestic Affairs

Molly Dugdale

Molly is a freshman in the School of Public Affairs studying Political Science. She is proud to be from Boulder, Colorado. She is interested in both foreign and domestic affairs, and in her free time she likes to thrift shop, read, and listen to music. 


Staff Writer, Domestic Affairs

Alex Moskovitz

Alex is a first-year CLEG (Comm., Legal Inst., Econ., Govt.) major from Central New Jersey. He swears he’s writing an article definitively proving its existence, but we’re beginning to doubt that. Alex is a liberal who focuses on domestic affairs. Aside from writing, Alex loves reading reports from his favorite think tanks and taking care of his dorm plants.