Spring 2020 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 introducing yourself, telling us what topics you are interested in, and whether you'd like to be a tech specialist, a writer, or an editor.
Mark Lu is the Editor-in-Chief of the Agora. He is a registered Democrat from Cupertino, California, studies economics and constitutional law at American University, and focuses on campus affairs in his column. He is a reader of memoirs, a lover of film, and a card-carrying member of the ACLU. He has written a series of articles on China in the 21st century under the name Mang Lu.
Anna Hickey is Chief Editorial Columnist for the Agora. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and is a progressive Democrat. She is studying Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government (CLEG) at American University and is particularly interested in critiquing how the news media and politics pundits report on politics and political figures.
Lana Green is a Managing Editor of the Agora. She is centrist with conservative economic views and liberal socio-cultural ones. She is most interested in legal issues including prison reform and constitutional law.
David Leshchiner is Deputy Editor for Foreign Affairs for the American Agora. He identifies as a secular, liberal technocrat (whatever that means) who’s from the northern suburbs of Chicago. He cares about promoting policies that tackle climate change, resolve inter- and intrastate conflicts, and increase freedom of choice, religion, and speech. When he isn’t working for the Agora, David likes to play any racket sport, rave about Douglas Adams or the Expanse, and dabble in Pastafarianism.
A.J. Manuzzi is Deputy Editor for Domestic Affairs for the Agora and a student of international relations and political science. A.J. is a progressive primarily interested in human rights and nonproliferation abroad. Domestically, he is interested in environmental policy, criminal justice reform, and gun policy reform. A.J. is originally from Indianapolis and can be found flying his W flag after a Chicago Cubs victory. He is in an Elizabeth Warren for President meme group.
Kevin Sciackitano is Deputy Editor of Economics for the Agora pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). An Illinois native and democratic socialist, he is most interested in macroeconomic policy, foreign affairs, and issues surrounding democracy and rights.
Nawal Ali is Deputy Editor for Foreign Affairs for the American Agora and is from Texas. Nawal studies at American University, and he is interested in international relations and economics. He is socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and advocates for a strong, active American foreign policy.
Dennis Marinovsky is a Managing Editor for the Agora. He is a moderate social democrat and a San Francisco Bay Area native who studies Political Science and Public Relations at American University. If he isn't sleeping or procrastinating on yet another research paper, you'll probably find him in Starbucks, nursing a chai latte and talking about In 'N' Out.
Meagan Keefe is a Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government (C.L.E.G.) major at American University. She hails from the liberal Mecca of Burlington, Vermont, home of Bernie Sanders and Ben & Jerry’s. She is most interested in women’s rights and health advocacy, as well as racial, LGBTQ+, and environmental issues. Most importantly, she is a die hard supporter of the Boston Red Sox and Elizabeth Warren.
Alex de Ramon is a small-government liberal from Pennsylvania and a columnist for the American Agora. Additionally, Alex has managed the American Agora podcast. He is a student of international relations at American University interested in foreign policy and governmental reform. For fun, Alex plays the euphonium.
Julia Susany is the Deputy Operations Manager for Printing and a columnist for the American Agora. Originally from the Cleveland area, she studies Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (C.L.E.G.) at A.U. A liberal Democrat, she is interested in women’s rights in the United States and across the globe, international relations, and democratic reform.
Brad de Ramón is a liberal columnist for the American Agora. Brad is a communications major at American University. Originally from Pennsylvania, Brad is most interested in environmental policy, health care policy, and urban development. Brad is also an advocate for music education and can often be found sorting other people's trash into the proper bins.
Christopher Fenn is a guest writer for the American Agora and served as a former Columnist, Managing Editor, and Director of Administration. Chris graduated with a BA in International Studies with a concentration in US Foreign Policy and National Security from American University. Chris is a moderate Republican, whose interests include cybersecurity, foreign policy, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. In his free time, Chris is an avid sports fan, rooting for the New York Islanders and Villanova Basketball.
Sameera Rajwade is a guest writer for the Agora and a freelance journalist and graphic designer based in the Bay Area and Washington D.C. metro area. A former intern for News2Share, Sameera has investigated both the left and right-wing ideologies in the United States and heavily monitored protest trends. She is currently passionate about design and aesthetics and has worked on various graphics for clients across the United States.
Hildana Ferede is a liberal columnist for the American Agora from Maryland. She is a political science major at American University. She takes an interest in social issues, public affairs and foreign policy.
Larissa Breit-Nicholson is a third year at American University studying Political Science and Environmental Science. She is a democratic socialist born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Her primary interest is environmental policy, but is also passionate about women's issues and bringing a Culver's to Washington, D.C.
Avery James is co-founder of the American Agora and currently a columnist. Avery is a moderate conservative from the San Francisco Bay Area who studies political theory and economics at American University. He is most interested in immigration, globalization, technology, and culture war topics. In his free time he enjoys procrastinating going to the gym and arguing Sam Huntington got more right than people appreciate.
Omkar Hosad is a columnist for the American Agora and a student at American University interested in education and civil rights. He is a democratic socialist from Tennesee
Bobby Zitzmann is co-founder of the American Agora and is currently a columnist. From St. Louis, he is a student of international relations and political science at American University in Washington, D.C. Bobby is a social democrat who is interested in US foreign policy, environmental issues, government reform, and international development. In his free time he likes to watch every minute of every Planet Earth series documentary.
Nicholas Illuzzi is a Republican columnist for the American Agora. Nicholas is interested in American history and foreign policy, on which he takes a neoconservative stance. Nicholas studies international relations at American University, and he is originally from Long Island, New York.
Nicholas Kinberg is a columnist for the American Agora from Los Angeles. Nicholas is a foreign policy realist who studies political science and international relations at Washington University in St. Louis. Nicholas is interested in Middle East policy.
Mason Peeples is a Political Science major from Los Angeles, California. Mason is a left-leaning political moderate who values political discourse between opposing ideals. Mason's interests include Public Affairs, Education, and Foreign Policy