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Editorial Board 2018-19

Xinong Wang 


DSCF6196Xinong is a fourth year undergraduate student from Australia double majoring in history and philosophy. Born in China, she’s particularly invested in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region. She’s a UCLA tour guide, so if you see her around campus, wave hi to her! Apart from her interest in domestic and international politics, she’s also involved in humanities research, which for her mostly involves thinking about what people said a long time ago in Latin.

Grayson Peters

Co-Managing Editor

Grayson Peters is a third-year Political Science and French double major.  Active in local politics, Grayson serves on the board of the North Westwood Neighborhood Council, an elected advisory body to the city of Los Angeles, and chairs its Transportation and Safety Committee. Grayson’s primary areas of interest in the foreign policy sphere are the French-speaking world and ethnic conflict in formerly colonized nations. In his free time, Grayson plays jazz piano, argues about zoning on Nextdoor, and daydreams about banning cars.

Eden Ballard

Co-Managing Editor

Eden Ballard is a fourth year Global Studies student. Her thesis (a work in progress) investigates how colonial legacies in international relations are influencing climate advocacy and policy. Outside of school, Eden works at Human Rights Watch as a Student Task Force Intern. She is currently developing her skills as a plant caretaker and  in her free time she enjoys reading, discovering new music, and daydreaming about adventures yet to come.

Sanah Mehta

Outreach and Recruitment Director

IMG_0104Sanah is a fourth-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. In her spare time, Sanah likes exploring new restaurants in LA and relaxing at the beach.

Katie Jones

Staff Writer

IMG_4873Katie is a third year Economics major and Global Studies minor with an interest in international trade and development. She is a research assistant in the Department of Economics, a volunteer income tax preparer with VITA UCLA, and a writer for student satire magazine Satyr. In her free time she enjoys scrapbooking, spending time with friends and of course watching copious amounts of reality television.

Zachary Durkee

Staff Writer

Zachary Durkee is a third-year student majoring in Political Science. He is interested in U.S. – China relations and would like to pursue a career in diplomacy or intelligence. In his free time, Zachary enjoys going to the beach, hanging out with friends, going to good restaurants, and painting.


Alex Choy

Staff Writer

Alex is a third-year student from New Jersey, majoring in Political Science. A member of UCLA’s Army ROTC Program, he specializes in studying international conflict in preparation for a career as a Military Intelligence Officer in the US Army. In his free time he enjoys photography, backpacking and swimming


Tiffany Zha

Staff Writer

Taylor Fairless

Staff Writer

Taylor is a History and Global Studies student with a background in Fine Arts. Her love for 20th century history largely shaped her concentrations in Cold War ideologies, with regional focuses in Asia, the Middle East, and America. Her time spent in Model UN took her to the UN headquarters in New York and to Washington D.C where she was able to share her research on nuclear and chemical nonproliferation, detailing the history behind it and its current geopolitical connotations. Her time there inspired her to pursue a J.D. in order to leverage international law in favor of human rights and prosperity. Outside of academics, you can catch Taylor capturing moments of her friends on film or painting the energetic streets of LA.

Annabelle Werner

Staff Writer

Annabelle Werner is a second year Political Science and International Development Studies double major. As an aspiring human rights lawyer, she is fascinated by transitional justice, international politics, and NGO work. In the UCLA community, she is a leader in the campus chapter of the United Nations Association and competes in Division 1 Cross Country and Track. When she is not reading or running, Annabelle enjoys enabling her coffee addiction and petting as many dogs as possible.


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