The Team

Editorial Staff

Michael Orlowski – Editor-in-Chief
Michael is a senior studying Economics, English, and Mathematics. His academic interests include currency market intervention, Russian politics, and post-colonialism in modern world literature. Michael doesn’t have free time, but if he did, he would probably spend it skiing or working on his reading list.

Iakovos Balassi –Editor
Iakovos is a fifth-year senior at UW Madison, majoring in International Studies and Political Science, with a certificate in African Studies. He focuses on conflicts, terrorism and politics in Africa and the Middle East. In the Fall of 2015, he participated in the International Studies Washington DC Internship Program.

Alexandra “Sasha” Barkhaus

Sasha is a senior majoring in International Studies, focusing on security topics in French and Arabic-speaking regions. She interned in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and studied Arabic in Oman and Jordan. She fences saber at UW-Madison and her study breaks involve watching movies or baking.

Erik Rubinyi – Editor
Erik is a sophomore studying economics with certificates in Development Economics and French. Erik has a strong interest in the economic growth of developing countries, specializing in South Asia. He is also an active member of Wisconsin Model United Nations and enjoy playing raquetball whenever possible.

Executive Staff

Sam Alhadeff – Co-Founder, Executive Director
Sam is a senior studying political science and economics. He has intense interest in all policy areas around the world, from African development to Brexit to Latin American corruption, as well as domestic policy. Sam is the Founder and President of the Alexander Hamilton Society and Editor-in-Chief of Sifting & Winnowing: The Undergraduate Journal of Political Science. In spring 2016, he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain where he gained fluency in Spanish.

Jarjieh Fang – Founder
Jarjieh is a senior studying Political Science and Neurobiology. He is interested in emerging threats, the future of warfare, and human security. On campus, Jarjieh is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Wisconsin International Review and Co-President of The Alexander Hamilton Society. He has experience working on political campaigns, on substantive policy issues at the local, state, and federal level, and in research. In his free time, he is a distance runner, a news and policy junkie, and a professional West Wing re-watcher.

Max Seltzer – Co-Founder, Site Design, Webmaster
Max is a sophomore studying Political Science with a certificate in Digital Studies. Max has strong interests in both International and Domestic politics, having significant experience working in numerous congressional offices as well as a senatorial re-election campaign. Max is the Co-Program Coordinator for the Alexander Hamilton Society as well as holds executive positions in the Student Alliance for Israel and Badgers for Israel. In his free time, Max  plays recreational Ice Hockey as well as works for the Department of Information Technology for UW-Madison.


Samuel Ropa

Tommy Clark

Evan Thomsen

Nathaniel Krakauer