The Politic is Yale University’s Undergraduate Journal of Politics. The quarterly magazine traces its roots to 1947, when the Yale Political Journal: A Magazine of Student Opinion was founded. The Politic was revived in 1979 as the Yale Political Monthly by future political commentator and historian Robert Kagan. Past editors-in-chief include Kagan, Fareed Zakaria and Gideon Rose. Building upon Yale’s rich political heritage, The Politic strives to inform the greater Yale community about the most important local, national and global policy issues, as well as promote greater understanding and cooperation between academia and the world of politics. The Politic features articles and commentary from politicians, academics and students. CONTACT US
• Editors-in-Chief •
Justin Schuster is a junior in Branford College, double majoring in Global Affairs and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. He served as the Director of Development for The Politic during his freshman year, Managing Editor his sophomore year, and now he is one of the two Editors-in-Chief of The Politic. Aside from The Politic, Justin is a leader of the Yale International Relations Association. He served as the Secretary-General of Yale’s first Model United Nations conference in China and currently serves as the Director-General of Yale’s flagship Model UN Conference in New Haven. He has organized conferences around the world, from Beijing to Shanghai to Prague to Budapest. In addition, Justin is a member of the Yale Refugee Project and a member of the Yale Krav Maga team. Justin uses his summers to travel extensively. In the last two years alone, he has traveled to eighteen countries; he has scaled the Great Wall of China, met the Dalai Lama in India, floated in the Dead Sea in Israel, casino-hopped in Macau, and stormed the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. This past summer, Justin interned in the heart of Cairo until the country’s revolution forced him to finish his internship in Amman. Justin then backpacked through the Middle East from Jordan to Israel and the West Bank. Justin is currently pursuing fluency in Arabic in hopes of one day working for the Foreign Service in the Middle East. Since he grew up in Baltimore, Justin is also a die-hard Ravens football fan, and interestingly, Shaquille O’Neal once called him “swaggerific.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Stern is a junior in Pierson College, majoring in Political Science. During his freshman year, Eric served as Online Editor of The Politic, and during his sophomore year, he served as one of the Managing Editors. Currently, he is one of the two Editors-in-Chief. Aside from running The Politic, Eric is the Northeast Regional Director for the College Democrats of America and the President of West Wing Weekly. This fall, he represented the Yale College Democrats on Fox News’ The Hannity Show, where he debated politics with Sean Hannity and 13 other college students from across the country. This summer, Eric worked in London as an intern for Member of Parliament David Lammy, where he wrote policy briefs and speeches, conducted research and aided with constituent casework. Eric has also interned for the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Bob Casey and for Joe Sestak’s 2010 senatorial campaign. In case you did not know, Eric is an identical twin, a West Wing junkie, and an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. (Hey Justin: how many Super Bowls have the Ravens won again?) Email: email@example.com.
• Managing Editors •
David Roosevelt Lawrence is a junior in Calhoun College majoring in Economics. David served as a staff writer for The Politic his freshman year, International Editor his sophomore year, and currently serves as Managing Editor. He is also a Senior Consultant for Elmseed Enterprise Fund in New Haven, Chairman of Academics on the Yale College Council Management Board, and a student representative to the Yale Course of Study Faculty Standing Committee. This past summer David wrote business cases at IE Business School in Madrid. Interestingly, Mr. Lawrence is from the town Lawrence, Kansas, and he is an Eagle Scout of Troop 55. In his free time, David can be found taking care of his pet buffalo Max, learning about North Korea, cheering for the University of Kansas Jayhawks, and discussing Jitneys. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel O’Connell is a junior in Davenport College studying the intersection of democracy promotion, human rights, and international security. She has written for The Politic on topics ranging from cyber security to immigration. Rachel serves as Managing Editor of The Politic. She also is the Director General of the Security Council Simulation at Yale, a competitor on the Model United Nations Team, an officer of the Davenport College Council, and a performer in Danceworks. She has worked for the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence as well as the International Organization for Migration in Geneva. When not debating or writing, she enjoys running outdoors, visiting art museums, and cheering her Yale friends in their performances. Email: email@example.com.
• Senior Editors •
Josef Lionel Goodman is a senior in Morse College, majoring in History. Born and raised in New York City, Josef attended the Bronx High School of Science. He took a gap year to study in Israel and since arriving at Yale, has focused his studies on British and American military and political history. Josef is very interested in politics. After freshman year, he interned for his congressman in NYC. This past summer he worked in Washington D.C. with a financial regulation advocacy group and in London with the Conservative Party. Josef has served as one of the Editors-in-Chief of The Politic, and is an elected official of the city of New Haven, serving as Co-Chair of the Democratic Party for Ward 22. His favorite books include I, Claudius by Robert Graves and Master of the Senate by Robert Caro. He loves the movie The Great Escape, the show Band of Brothers, anything related to British humor like Monty Python, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, his parents, and his six siblings. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noah Remnick is a junior in Stiles College, majoring in History. During Noah’s freshman year, he served as the Director of Development for The Politic, and during his sophomore year, he was one of the Editors-in-Chief. This year, Noah is a Senior Editor. In addition to his editorial position on The Politic, Noah is the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Historical Review. The summer after his freshman year, Noah worked in Chicago as an intern for the Obama re-election headquarters, where he was eventually hired as a paid staffer. Noah decided to take off his fall semester to continue working for Obama. When Noah returned to campus, he worked for ReadWorks, which provides teachers with free tools that help schools with little resources. This past summer, Noah worked in Washington D.C. for West Wing Writers, a speechwriting firm started by former Clinton White House speechwriters. In case you didn’t know, Noah once shook hands with Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead. Email: email@example.com.
• Business Manager •
Aaron Mak is a sophomore in Berkeley College. This year, he is one of The Politic’s Associate Editors. Aside from writing for The Politic, he is the Business Coordinator for Yale For Autism Awareness. In past summers, Aaron has taught English in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. When not writing or teaching, Aaron can be found on the slopes either skiing or snowboarding. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Associate Editors •
Amy Chang is a sophomore in Trumbull College. After a year as a staff writer for The Politic, she will be an Associate Editor of The Politic for the 2013-2014 term. Apart from her involvement in The Politic, Amy also teaches with the Hemispheres program of the Yale International Relations Association and works in neurobiological research at the medical school. This past summer, she took on a public policy internship in Manhattan, NY with Operation Hope. Every chance she gets, Amy boasts about Trumbull and consumes inhuman amounts of coffee. Email: email@example.com.
Rod Cuestas is a junior in Pierson College majoring in Economics and Political Science. Rod was the Online Editor for The Politic last year and is one of the Associate Editors this year. Aside from The Politic, Rod is also involved with the Pierson College Council, the Yale College Council, and Camp Kesem. He is also an avid runner. In case you’re interested, Rod is also from the great state of Kansas. This past summer he spent time in Europe. His favorite part of the experience was informing others in France that his dog’s name is Tiny, not Toto. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna-Sophie Harling is a sophomore in Davenport College. This year, she is one of the Associate Editors for The Politic. Aside from editing the magazine, Anna-Sophie is a runner on the Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams, a contributing writer for the Yale Herald, and a contributing photographer for the Yale Daily News. Two summers ago, Anna-Sophie spent nine weeks in Beijing interning at the Columbia East Asia Center. This past summer, she spent eleven weeks in Berlin studying journalism and interning for a German newspaper. Email: email@example.com.
Cindy Hwang is a junior in Berkeley College, majoring in political science. For The Politic, Cindy was a staff writer her freshman year, a National Editor her sophomore year, and now she is an Associate Editor. Her favorite memory from The Politic was when she needed to call someone in Dharamsala, India, for an interview. Aside from The Politic, Cindy is the Direct Assistance Coordinator and External Relations Liaison for the Yale Refugee Project, and she is the Legislative Captain for the Yale College Democrats. Two summers ago, Cindy studied Chinese in Beijing, and this past summer, she interned with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. In her free time, she enjoys dabbling in graphic design and can usually be found jamming out to new music. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ezra Ritchin is a junior in Stiles College, majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. This past year, he served as a staff writer for The Politic and this year, he will serve as one of the Associate Editors. Aside from writing for The Politic, Ezra is an intern for the Mayor’s Office Prison Reentry Initiative, the captain of Yale’s club basketball team, a tutor for the Urban Improvement Corps, and an intramural sports supervisor. He recently discovered Spotify and has not been able to stop listening to music ever since. When he’s not writing for The Politic, shooting hoops, or listening to music, Ezra is playing Mario Kart Double Dash as his favorite player, Diddy Kong. Email: email@example.com.
• Online Editors •
Derek Soled is a sophomore in Branford College. Derek served as a staff writer for The Politic his freshman year and is now one of the Online Editors. In addition to The Politic, Derek is a fencer on the Varsity Fencing Team, the Social Activities and Alumni Chair for the Independent Party of the Yale Political Union, and a researcher at the Loria Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Lab. Two summers ago, Derek was a medical researcher at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. This past summer, Derek conducted research at the Loria Lab and studied in China at Peking University, which is part of the Global Summer Program run by the International Alliance of Research Universities. In his free time, Derek can be found commissioning fantasy football and baseball teams, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Yankees, watching Community, playing trumpet, or eating green peppers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Steiner is a sophomore in Silliman College. This year, after serving as a staff writer for a year, he is one of the Online Editors of The Politic. Outside of The Politic, David is deeply involved in the Yale International Relations Association, serving as Alumni Coordinator and working on various Model UN conferences here in New Haven as well as abroad in Europe and Asia. He’s also been an account executive for the Yale Daily News, a section editor for the Entrepreneurial Magazine, and a member of the Yale Jazz Collective. This past summer, David studied at the London School of Economics and had the opportunity to travel throughout England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. In his free time, David loves listening to jazz and dabbling on the piano. On Sundays, you can find him cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Email: email@example.com.
• Blog Editor •
Alisha Jarwala is a junior Political Science major in Pierson College. While she has lived in Seattle and Raleigh, she now has embraced SoCal and calls San Diego home. Alisha blogged for The Politic last year and is excited to serve as the Blog Editor this year. When she is not blogging, she writes for The Yale Herald, works as a Recruitment Coordinator for Yale Undergraduate Admissions, and debates with the Yale Debate Association. She is especially interested in American Politics, but had a blast studying Spanish history and politics last summer in Léon, Spain (and seeing the running of the bulls in Pamplona!). In her spare time, you’ll find her planning Pierson’s jello-wrestling contest and watching Law & Order: SVU. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Webmaster •
David Mandelbaum is a junior in Ezra Stiles College, majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. Last year, David was the Layout Editor for The Politic, and this year he is the Webmaster. Aside from handling the magazine’s online presence, David is also involved with FOOT, YIRA, and the Yale Prison Initiative. This past summer, David spent two months interning in Tel Aviv, Israel. One can often catch David on his iPhone, as he is a connoisseur of iPhone games, namely Fun Run, Paper Toss, and Tiny Wings. Email: email@example.com.
• Illustrator •
Madeleine Witt is a junior in Silliman College double-majoring in Art and English. In addition to her work for The Politic, Madeleine is a writer and illustrator with the Yale Daily News, The New Journal, Broad Recognition, the Logos, the Yale Record, and the Yale Journal of Medicine and Law. On campus, she sings a cappella with Living Water. Madeleine spent last summer in Yellowstone National Park, working in the Old Faithful area through Cru, an international Christian organization, where she hiked too much and worked to make safe spaces for other employees to explore faith. When she’s not writing or drawing (and sometimes when she is), Madeleine likes to listen to other people, drink coffee, make music, and sleep outdoors. Her work can be found online at madeleinewitt.tumblr.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Board of Advisors •
John Lewis Gaddis
Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military
& Naval History, Yale University
Editor-at-Large, U.S. News & World Report
Former Dean, Yale Law School
Sterling Professor of Political Science
All pictures courtesy of Creative Commons.