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Editorial Board 2017-18

Maya Yang

FullSizeRender (1)Maya Yang is a third-year student, double-majoring in English and Political Science. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi before moving to Los Angeles for college, she is particularly interested in the political and social affairs of the Middle East and its relations with the West, and the United Nations in general. In addition to working with The Generation, Maya is a Peer Learning Facilitator and Supervisor at the Undergraduate Writing Center. In her free time, she enjoys sampling different types of oatmeal, music-surfing, and occasionally finds herself in ‘third-culture kid’ identity crises that never seem to go away.

Xinong Wang 

Co-Managing Editor


Xinong is a second 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.

Katie Linder

Co-Managing Editor / Podcast Co-Director

Katie is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Political Science and minoring in Spanish Linguistics. Katie has a passion for travel and foreign affairs; in particular she is interested in studying Latin American politics and economic development. In her free time Katie tutors kids with Project Literacy, tries to go hiking and skiing as much as possible and eats copious amounts of sushi.

Sareen Ishanyan 

Outreach Coordinator / Podcast Co-Director 

IMG_8133 Sareen is a third 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.

Zach Emanuel 

Print Director

Bio PictureZach is a third-year student majoring in Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Raised in Chicago, he spent this past summer as an intern at the City’s Office of Management and Budget. Zach is also an avid runner, reader, and history-lover. In his free time, he enjoys keeping up with Chicago sports teams, going to the beach, and eating endless amounts of Chipotle.

Andrea Zachrich


IMG_5326Andrea is a third year student majoring in Communications and minoring in Global Studies and Classics. She currently works as an Athletic Peer Learning facilitator and is treasurer of the women’s club soccer team. Andrea hopes to attend law school and one day have a career in international law where she works with human rights violations, war crimes, and war refugees issues. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, reading, photography, and playing soccer.

Conor McDonald 

Staff Writer

bio2conorConor is a third-year student from Boston, double-majoring in Russian Studies and Political Science. A member of UCLA’s Army ROTC and Russian Flagship programs, he specializes in Russian affairs and politics in preparation for a career as an Eastern European Foreign Area Officer in the US Army. In his free time he serves on his fraternity’s administrative board, listens to Nickelback, rides his longboard and travels.

Jemma Tan 

Staff Writer

unnamedJemma is a second-year Political Science student minoring in African and Middle Eastern Studies. Born in Singapore, raised in China, and now living in Los Angeles, she loves learning about the world from as many different perspectives as possible. She is also an Outreach Director for Project Literacy and works at the Undergraduate Writing Center. Besides international politics, a few of her favorite things are harbor seals and breakfast food.


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 third 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 a member of ESPORTS@UCLA and lends his time helping host events and fostering a wholesome environment for gamers on campus.


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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