Fall 2020—Spring 2021 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.

Editorial Board

Mark Lu



Mark is a registered Democrat from Cupertino, California, and a double-major in Economics and Political Science at American University, and focuses on campus affairs in his column. His core issues include U.S. constitutional law, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, China in the modern era, economic affairs. He is a reader of memoirs, a lover of film, and a card-carrying member of the ACLU.

Anna Hickey

Chief Editorial Columnist

Anna 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

Managing Editor


Lana is a centrist with conservative economic views and liberal socio-cultural ones. She is most interested in legal issues including prison reform and constitutional law. Lana is an undergraduate student studying at New York University.

Dennis Marinovsky

Managing Editor


Dennis 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.

Benjamin Mermel

Director of Administration

Ben is an undergraduate sophomore pursuing a dual political science and legal studies degree. He originally hails from Central Jersey, which he vehemently insists is a real place. Politically, Ben can be best described as a moderately liberal republican Democrat (note the non-capitalized "r" in "republican".) He is most passionate about geopolitics and governmental operations/structures, as well as homeland and national security issues. His favorite show is Jericho on CBS.

David Leshchiner

Editor, Foreign Affairs

David 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

Editor, Domestic Affairs

A.J. is a student of international relations and political science. A.J. is a democratic socialist primarily interested in human rights and rolling back the post 9/11 national security state and American military primacy. Domestically, he is interested in environmental policy, criminal justice reform, and democracy reform. A.J. is originally from Indianapolis and when he isn't writing for the Agora can be found flying his W flag after a Chicago Cubs victory, tweaking his Football Manager tactics, playing pickup basketball, or reminding everyone that Eugene Debs and Kurt Vonnegut were from Indiana.

Kevin Sciackitano

Editor, Economics

Kevin is pursuing a major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). An Illinois native and a democratic socialist, he is most interested in macroeconomic policy, foreign affairs, and issues surrounding democracy and rights.

Meagan Keefe 

Editor, On-Campus Affairs


Meagan 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.

Julia Susany

Editor, Domestic Affairs

Julia is an editor as well as a Deputy Operations Manager. 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 domestically and abroad, international relations, and democratic reform. 

Staff  Writers

Matthew Levengood 


Originally from Rochester, New York, Matthew is a fourth-year Political Science major, minoring in Economics and Philosophy. He is a member of Army ROTC at American University, intent on serving as an Infantry and Military Intelligence officer. He is primarily focused on defense policy and national security, having interned at the think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, but is also passionate about civic responsibility, income inequality, gun rights, and education. Matt has been most influenced by Nietzsche, Marx, Arendt, Camus, Cioran, and Epictetus, but is perennially behind on his reading list. He donates to Wikipedia.

Nawal Ali 


Nawal is interested in international relations and economics. He is socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and advocates for a strong, active American foreign policy. Nawal has since graduated from American University and formerly served as an Editor for Foreign Affairs

Keiton Grundfast


Keiton is originally from Long Island, New York but recently moved to Maryland. He is a first-year graduate student at AU and studies Global Governance, Politics, and Security. Keiton tens to support populist movements on the left, right, and center. Issues he cares about include industrial policy, trade policy, U.S. foreign policy, and the role of the state in conservative thought. His favorite show is Deadwood on HBO.

Hallie Mauk


Hallie is a columnist for the American Agora. She is a Communications major and plans on pursuing Environmental Science. She’s a democratic socialist originally from Pennsylvania. Her interests include environmental policy, environmental justice issues, and human rights both domestically and abroad.

Sophie Rose


Sophie is a second-year Communications major in the School of Communications.

Avery James


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 that Sam Huntington got more right than people appreciate.

Robert (Bobby) Zitzmann


From St. Louis, Bobby 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.

 © 2017-2018 The American Agora. All rights reserved.

17 USC 102