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Editorial Board 2018-19

Xinong Wang 



Xinong is a third year undergraduate student from Australia majoring in history and minoring in philosophy. Born in China, she’s particularly invested in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region. Aside from her interest in both domestic and international politics, Xinong spends her spare time trying not to fall off horses (she’s a member of the UCLA Equestrian Team) and thinking about ancient Romans.


Zach Emanuel 

Managing Editor

FullSizeRenderZach is a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Raised in Chicago, he spent this past summer in Washington, D.C. interning for a digital advertising firm. Zach is also an avid runner, reader, and history-lover. In his free time he enjoys keeping up with Chicago sports, going to the beach, and eating endless amounts of Chipotle.

Andrea Zachrich

Recruitment Director & Editor

IMG_2370 Andrea “Andy” Zachrich is a fourth-year Communication major with a double minor in Classical Civilizations and Global Studies. She currently works as an Athletic Peer Learning Facilitator and soccer coach, and is Vice President and Captain of UCLA’s Woman’s Club Soccer Team. She spent most of the summer studying the ancient Romans in Rome, traveling through Europe, and backpacking in Sequoia. She hopes to go into the field of International Law and work with human rights abuses. In her free time she enjoys volunteering to walk dogs at the local No Kill Shelter, reading historical fiction, hiking, and photography.

Sareen Ishanyan 

Print Director & Editor

IMG_8133 Sareen is a fourth year Political Science major planning to attend law school after college. She is a member of the UCLA Pre-Law Society’s Executive Board and works with young children. In the future, she hopes to devote her law career to helping children. She is particularly interested in both food policy and education. In her free time, Sareen listens to her favorite podcasts (Radiolab, A Way with Words) and sends in unsuccessful submissions to The New Yorker’s weekly Caption Contest.



Grayson Peters

Staff Writer

IMG_20180828_153927_872Grayson Peters is a second-year Political Science major pursuing minors in French and Public Policy.  He is also a staff writer at Ha’Am, UCLA’s Jewish Newsmagazine, and is active in the Westwood Forward movement as a liason to the USAC Office of the President.  Grayson‘s areas of interest in the foreign policy sphere include the Israel-Palestine conflict, Western Europe, and the French-speaking world.  In his free time, Grayson enjoys playing jazz piano, arguing about zoning policy, and reading The Atlantic.

Kasia Kosmala-Dahlbeck

Staff Writer 

IMG_6204Kasia Kosmala-Dahlbeck is a third year undergraduate student studying Political Science and minoring in Environmental Systems and Societies. Her primary fields of interest are international peace and conflict, the politics of the Middle East, and global environmental change. In the future, Kasia hopes to go to law school and work in international conflict resolution. In her free time, Kasia enjoys hiking, playing music, traveling, and eating bread and butter.

Landon Hsieh 

Political Cartoonist 

Landon Hsieh is a fourth year Anthropology student from Las Vegas who has a passion for art and comedy. Landon has a keen interest in the relationships in East Asia in addition to the domestic political atmosphere. He is president of Bruin Gaming and lends his time helping host events and fostering a wholesome environment for gamers on campus.


Sanah Mehta

Staff Writer

sanahSanah is a third-year undergraduate student, double majoring in Economics and International Development Studies. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, issues related to women’s safety and gender equality are particularly close to her heart;  she likes writing about the same and hopes to advocate for it by working at the UN in the future. She is also a volunteer at VITA at UCLA, an organisation that prepares income tax returns for low-to-middle income individuals. In her spare time, Sanah likes exploring new restaurants in LA and relaxing at the beach.


Alex Langsam

Staff Writer

alexAlex is a second-year exchange student from Australia, double-majoring in Political Science and Creative Writing. He’s here on assignment from the small country-town of Melbourne, to find out how politics works in the big smoke. Alex is interested in writing about personal narratives, as well as human rights and the politics of the Asia-Pacific region. In his free time,                                                                                                    he produces music, plays guitar and drinks vodka.

Eden Ballard

Staff Writer

edenEden Ballard is a third year Global Studies student. She is an active member of the UCLA Model United Nations travel team and a Volunteer Exchange Coordinator for AIESEC. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and discovering new music. Last summer, she did a solo backpacking trip around Eastern Europe and was working as Blog Manager for startup that focused on increasing international awareness and enabling more informed and active global citizens. Eden hopes to end                                                                                                  up living in Spain and working in diplomacy or                                                                                                                  international law.

1 comment

Don Bacon September 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

to Maya Yang–

You mentioned Samarra recently in a posting on Lobelog. If you are interested, I have a lot of information on the 2006 destruction of the mosque there as an instigation of the Shia-Sunni ME conflict. If you’re interested please respond and I’ll send it to you.
Best regards,
Don Bacon


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