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Editorial Board



Alex Slawson



Alex Slawson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Political Review. A senior majoring in political science and economics, Alex is passionate about writing and public policy.



Chris St. Clair

Online Director


Chris St. Clair is a junior from Nashville studying political science and English. An aspiring journalist, Chris loves a good story and is always writing something. Chris especially loves to write about the intersections of politics and technology, science, and culture. He also plays the drums and is probably tapping his hands on something right now.  

Alexandra Doten

Managing Director


Allie is a Vanderbilt University junior majoring in Human and Organizational Development. Allie has a passion for domestic political issues, particularly those pertaining to racial and gender inequalities, as well as other human rights problems. She works for NASA during her breaks from school, where she participates in Students Against Modern Slavery, Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society, Kappa Delta sorority, Vanderbilt Democrats, and Vanderbilt feminists in addition to her role with the Vanderbilt Political Review. In her free time, Allie watches too many 80’s movies and frequents Chipotle.


Collin Hong

National Section Editor


Collin is a chemistry major and political science minor in his junior year. After transferring from Rutgers University, he joined the Vanderbilt Political Review to contribute as much as possible to collegiate political discourse. He is also the editorial chair for the Vanderbilt College Democrats. 


Jeffrey Greenberg

Campus Section Editor


Jeff is a Senior from Parkland, Florida majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Spanish. His political interests include counter-extremism and modern geopolitics (including Latin American politics), U.S. elections, and civil liberties in the United States.He has interned for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-26) in Washington, DC as well as on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (TN) 2014 reelection campaign. He has studied abroad in Peru and at the London School of Economics in the UK, and has also worked as an investigative intern for the non-partisan watchdog group Judicial Watch. In addition to writing and editing for the Vanderbilt Political Review, he serves on the Vanderbilt University Speakers Committee, competes on the Vanderbilt Trapshooting Team, writes film reviews for the Vanderbilt Hustler, and is Station Manager of VandyRadio. In his spare time, he likes watching movies, listening to old music, and exploring the outdoors.


Lindsay Williams

Culture Section Editor


Lindsay is the Culture section editor. She is a sophomore from Reston, Virginia and is majoring in Environmental Sociology and minoring in American Politics and French. She enjoys reading and tap dance.


Avi Mediratta

Multimedia Director


Avi Mediratta is a Sophomore from Orlando, FL majoring in Economics and Human and Organizational Development. His political interests include fiscal policy, campaign finance, and partisanship. Outside of VPR, he is involved in the Vanderbilt International Relations Association (VIRA), and Relay for Life. He also enjoys chocolate milk.


Charlotte Mellgard 

Marketing Co-Director


Charlotte Mellgard is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. She is majoring in political science with minors in both Corporate Strategy and Spanish. Charlotte contributes as both a writer and marketing director for VPR. She is particularly interested in international conflict and how it affects politics here at home. In addition to VPR, Charlotte participates in the Vanderbilt community through MentorTENNISee, VSG, and as a member of Kappa Delta sorority.  


Karim Oliver

Marketing Co-Director


Karim Oliver is sophomore at Vanderbilt studying political science. Besides managing VPR’s marketing and contributing articles, he is passionate about politics and follows domestic and international politics.




Abigail Fournier


Abigail is a sophomore at Vanderbilt from Far Hills, New Jersey. She is studying Human and Organizational Development, along with Political Science and Corporate Strategies. Abigail is particularly interested in campus politics and national politics. Besides writing for the Vanderbilt Political Review, Abigail is a involved in Kappa Delta Sorority and Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society (Vandy Paws).


Alejandro Monzon


Alejandro is a First-Year Student in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University, planning to major in Public Policy and minor in Religious Studies. From a Chicago suburb, Alejandro is interested in Criminal Justice Policy, as well as Foreign Affairs. When not busy writing, Alejandro can be found reading books on historical political figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

_MG_8665Anela Mangum


Anela Mangum is a senior studying history and political science. She is from a military family but is particularly fond of Nashville. Anela is interested in international affairs, HGTV, and South Korean pop culture.


Bailey Bowden


Bailey Bowden is a junior Political Science major from Tampa Florida. Bailey is a member of the Varsity swim team, Zeta Tau Alpha, Camp Kesem, and Next Steps.

Ben Lackner


Ben Lackner is a freshman from Buffalo, New York who plans to study public policy with a minor in history. He developed a love for politics while listening to his dad argue about current events with his in-laws every thanksgiving. When he is not studying or writing for the VPR, he enjoys torturing himself by watching Buffalo sports and reading. Additionally, he plays defense for Vanderbilt’s club hockey team and plans to be involved in Greek Life.


Benjamin Farhi


Benjamin Farhi is a Sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in French. As a New Yorker who grew up with friends and family profoundly affected by 9/11, Benjamin has been fascinated with understanding how people respond to rhetoric and policy after a monumental national or local event. As a result, his role models through elementary and middle school were predictably Derek Jeter and Eli Manning, but because of the terrorist attack also elected officials like Michael Bloomberg. In addition to carrying a pocket Constitution around with him, he is a fantasy basketball commissioner, food blog snob and host of a radio show.

_MG_8644Caelan Collins


Caelan grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C., where the never-ending talk of politics certainly had an effect on him. As a senior, he plans to graduate this May with majors in Political Science and Computer Science. Following graduation, Caelan would ideally like to utilize both degrees and return to South Africa, where he studied his junior year. In his free time, Caelan likes to fantasize about the rise of a third party and the Washington Nationals bringing a World Series title to D.C.

_MG_8642Caroline Fleischhauer


Caroline is a junior from Pensacola, FL, majoring in History and Public Policy Studies. She became interested in politics after attending a town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in fourth grade and is particularly interested in health policy, education reform, and civil liberties.


Catherin Kvam


Catherine Kvam is a freshman at Vanderbilt University.  Previously, Kvam spent three years involved in journalism with her nationally ranked high school newspaper.  She first served as a staff writer until becoming News Editor, and finally Co-Editor-in-Chief.  During the summer before her senior year, Kvam interned with Chicago non-profit magazine Streetwise (italicized).  She is interested in social justice and international affairs.

Cloe Anderson

Cloe Anderson


Cloe Anderson is a junior from Danville, Kentucky double majoring in public policy studies and human and organization development with a minor in American politics. Her interests include the electoral process, the legislative process, and gender and politics. In her spare time, you can find her watching CNN on the treadmill or taking a trip to the Sprinkles cupcake ATM.

Connor Saeman


Connor Saeman is a sophomore from Huntington Beach, California currently studying History and Economics with a minor in Corporate Strategy. He identifies as moderately conservative and has strong interest in areas including the intersections of business and policy, LGBT issues, and American foreign policy. In his spare time, he loves to read, play sports video games, play volleyball and basketball, and watch Game of Thrones.


Jack Cramer


Jack is a sophomore studying Mathematics and Political Science, with a minor in Computer Science. He is interested international relations, technology, and global business. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, he spends his free time watching the Braves or listening to OutKast.

Jeffrey Ryan


Jeffrey Ryan is a senior at Vanderbilt studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He has published three books and hopes to write many more. He loves conspiracy theories and enjoys writing on subjects related to them.

John Konicki


John is a sophomore from Oakland County, Michigan.  He is majoring in Political Science and Russian Studies.  He is interested in political culture and history, and hopes to become either a political science professor or a pundit.  In addition to writing for Vanderbilt Political Review, he is also the chair of Vanderbilt’s AEI Executive Council, is a site leader for Alternative Spring Break, and participates in Model UN.

Jordan Grapentine


Jordan Grapentine is a sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin, focusing on local and domestic politics. In addition to the Review, he’s a contributor to Vanderbilt Hustler Sports, a weekly host on VandyRadio, and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Post-college, Jordan plans to build a career in health care management and policy before working in Paul Ryan’s White House.

Josh Mendelson

Josh Mendelson 


Josh is a sophomore from Deerfield, Illinois. He is double majoring in cognitive studies and public policy studies, and minoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. His interest in politics grew from holiday discussions between his extended family and reading the Chicago Tribune every morning before school. Josh is on the club baseball team at Vanderbilt. He loves to read and hike with his Golden Retriever Sophie.


 Kit McGean


Kit is freshman from Atlanta, GA. While she hasn’t officially declared a major, she’s currently planning on studying Political Science and Economics. This summer, she interned for the Jim Barksdale for U.S. Senate campaign. Her interests include international relations, politics, travel, and Netflix.

Kyle Weil


Kylie is from Atlanta, Georgia and currently studying economics. He enjoys writing about businesses and the economy as a whole. He is a huge football and basketball fan too. Go Hawks.


Lauren Pak


Lauren is a senior in the Peabody School studying Human and Organizational Development and Political Science. She writes on international issues and is interested in transitional justice processes.

Lindsay Grizzard


Lindsay Grizzard is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Medicine, Health, and Society, and minoring in Classical Guitar Performance. She enjoys participating in campus newspapers and political organizations; she is the editor-in-chief for The Vanderbilt Torch, treasurer for Vanderbilt Students for Choice, and an editor for the Vanderbilt Historical Review. In her free time she enjoys hiking and participating in her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.


Mo Se Kim


Mo Se is a Senior from Busan, South Korea and majors in Political Science and Asian Studies. He grew his passion for politics throughout high school as he actively participated in the National Forensic League. He also served the Republic of Korea Army at the U.S. Army Garrison from 2013 to 2015. Outside of VPR, he is involved in Liberty in North Korea – Vanderbilt Chapter.


Naveen Krishnan


Naveen is from Orlando, majoring in neuroscience, with an affinity for politics, Netflix crime shows, and microwavable food from Commons. He’s specifically interested in areas regarding social policies, international relations and the field of Neurolaw.


Noah van Mierlo


Noah is a sophomore, majoring in political science. Born in the Netherlands, he has lived in 5 different countries and really enjoys politics around the world. Follow him on twitter @NashNVM77

Pawel Durakiewicz


Pawel Durakiewicz is a sophomore from Brentwood, TN; but is originally from Rzeszów, Poland. He is currently undecided, but is pursuing pre-med. His hobbies include supporting controversial presidential candidates, and being forced to provide personal biographies for web editors. He also writes for the Vanderbilt Torch, a conservative and libertarian student publication.

Shiva Sachdeva


Shiva Sachdeva is a first year student from Wallingford, Connecticut planning to major in political science. Other than writing for VPR, Shiva serves on the Freshman Steering Committee  of the College Republicans and plays on the club squash team. Shiva is most interested in domestic policy and legal issues.


Simon Silverberg


Simon Silverberg is a sophomore from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He intends to major in Public Policy and considers himself a certified American history nerd. Like many, his interest in politics was sparked by the Presidential election of 2008. He participated in his high school’s student government, interned for a Louisiana Governor’s race campaign, and is also a Stambaugh RA. Simon is particularly interested in the areas of international trade policy, environmental regulation and political rhetoric. His favorite twitter personalities include Nate Silver, Colin Cowherd and Keith Olbermann. Though from the deep South, Simon is an avid New York Mets fan (it’s a long story).

Sydney Bub

Sydney Bub


Sydney is a junior, majoring in Economics and double minoring in Financial Economics and Corporate Strategy. As a daughter of immigrant parents, Sydney is fascinated by international politics, particularly issues like free trade, national deficits and development policies in Southern Africa. On campus, Sydney not only writes for VPR, but is also the Treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi, Vanderbilt’s Business Fraternity, the Chapter Correspondent for the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Fundraising Chair for Camp Kesem.