The Team

Editorial Staff

Sam Alhadeff – Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Sam is a Master’s Candidate in International Public Affairs where he strives to be a generalist on all issues related to foreign policy. On campus, Sam is the Founder of the Alexander Hamilton Society where he currently serves as President Emeritus. Sam received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from UW in May 2017 where he also received a Leadership Certificate, which is something. In his free time, Sam likes to make microscopic dents in his reading list, which is taller than he is. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Max Seltzer – Co-Founder, Editor, Webmaster
Max is a junior studying Political Science with certificates in Digital Studies and Entrepreneurship. 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 Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Society as well as holds executive positions in Badgers for Israel and is the Treasurer of his Fraternity. In his free time, Max plays recreational Ice Hockey and works for the Department of Information Technology for UW-Madison.

Chande Blurton – Editor
Chande is a senior studying Spanish, Environmental Studies, and International Studies with a focus on policy and economics. She has explored her interest in politics through congressional internships and currently works on policy analysis for a Wisconsin state representative. Chande is particularly interested in the political climate of Central and South America, and is fluent in Spanish. For the WIRe, she is an editor and contributor. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and drawing.


Avneesh Chandra – Editor

Avneesh is a Masters student in International Public Affairs with an interest in international media and free speech issues. He graduated in 2017 with a BTech in Computers and Communications Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology where he helped found The MIT Post. He shifted to policy-making in order to apply some technical know-how to the public sector. In his free time, Avneesh likes to read, run, write, and learn more about his favorite movies.

Rebecca Hanks – Editor

Rebecca is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She is fascinated by all United States policy-making both foreign and domestic, but is especially interested in U.S. involvement in the Middle East as well as domestic voting rights and economic equity. She has background as a legislative intern in the offices of State Representative Carol Ammons and State Senator Lena Taylor, and she is currently an Organizing Fellow with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. In her free time, Rebecca loves reading, running, and going to cafes.

Konnor Heyde – Editor                                                                                                                                                        Konnor is a senior studying Political Science and Russian, and a student in the Russian Flagship Program at UW-Madison. He has a strong interest in the Russian region (obviously). On campus, he is the Chief Policy Chair for the Alexander Hamilton Society. Konnor also teaches yoga for UW-Madison Rec Sports. In his free time, Konnor loves to cook (especially cheesecake) and do pretty much anything related to fitness.

Neil Kline – Editor

Neil is a senior majoring in Political Science and History. He has a strong interest in counterinsurgency and is writing a Senior Honors Thesis on counterinsurgency doctrine formation and dissemination in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He is also the Outreach Coordinator for the UW-Madison Alexander Hamilton Society. Neil currently works for a Wisconsin State Senator in their Capitol office. In his free time, Neil enjoys doing research for his thesis, watching Netflix while thinking about how he should be doing research for his thesis, and doing research for his thesis. 

Noah Roberts – Editor 
Noah is a Masters of Public Affairs student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs with an interest in both domestic and international public policy. On campus, Noah is a Policy Chair for the Alexander Hamilton Society and Associate Justice on the Associated Students of Madison’s Student Judiciary. In his community, Noah is the President of the Verona Area School District Board of Education, and has served as a Trustee on the Fitchburg Public Library Board.

Annie Schoenfeldt – Editor 

Annie is a senior studying Economics and Art History. She is specifically interested in how domestic policy affects international affairs but enjoys consuming news of any topic. At the WIRe, she edits pieces and participates in podcasts. On campus, she leads group cycling classes and participates in running club. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, reading mystery novels, and attempting to cook. If she had to choose three things she could not live without, they would be coffee, the Wall Street Journal, and her bike.



Adrian Arcoleo Alex El Ghaoui Aly Niehans
Alyse Samoray Arriana Dawidziak Ashley Levi
Caitlin Attaway Chandrea Baster Cherui Chew
Connor Touhey Courtney Erdman Dan Ramallo
Danielle Schmitz Emily Janicik Emily Wurst
Ilana Friedman Jack Urban Jacob Albergo
Jared Lang Jasmine Owens Jason Geissler
Julie Schneiberg Kelli Liegel Maggie Winding
Matteo Palermo Matthew Quraishi-Landes Maura Palitta
Nick O’Connell Nishant Sabnis Rachel Watson
Robert Ryu Ryan Bergal Ryan McGuine
Sam Buisman Samantha Mintz-Agnello Simon Fischer
Soeun Lee Zhuoyan Li