The Team

Editorial Staff

Rebecca Hanks – Editor-in-Chief

Rebecca is a senior majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She is interested in evidence-based policy approaches to promote democratic governance, strengthen rule of law, and address women’s issues worldwide. She is currently the Communications Intern for the African Studies Program, and has served as a legislative intern in the offices of Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons, Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor, and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, and as a policy intern in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In her free time, Rebecca loves reading, running, and going to cafes.

Emily Janicik – Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Emily is a junior studying Economics and German. She has a strong interest in European politics and policy, specifically with a focus on Germany. On campus, Emily is a part of Wisconsin Exploration Club and Women in Economics, as well as working as a tutor for the Wisconsin Athletic Department. In her free time, Emily enjoys finding new coffee shops, reading memoirs, dancing, and spending time with friends.

Emily Wurst – Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Emily is a senior studying Economics and Political Science. Emily’s primary foreign policy interests lie in China and the European Union, specifically in Italy. On campus, she is involved in the Alexander Hamilton Society as well as Women in Economics, and volunteers in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. In her free time, Emily likes to cook, travel, and be outside as much as possible.

Ryan Bergal – Outreach Coordinator
Ryan is a senior studying International Studies and Economics. Ryan’s primary areas of interest in global affairs are the politics of the European Union, and its member states. Outside of the WIRe, he is also involved in UW’s Model United Nations Team, the Alexander Hamilton Society, and Wisconsin Union Directorate. He also enjoys finding new music and works to finance his excessive coffee consumption habits.

Caitlin Attaway – Outreach Coordinator

Caitlin is a senior majoring in Political Science and History with an African Studies certificate. She has an interest in the politics of post-colonial states in the East African region and is steadily attempting to learn Swahili. On campus, Caitlin has spent time working for the Mordgride Center where she helps with voter registration and education during the Fall 2018 midterms. In her community, Caitlin has interned for State Representative Lisa Subeck and the 2018 Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General, Josh Kaul.

Meghan Howard – Communications Coordinator

Meghan Howard is a junior studying Economics and International Studies. She is interested in the international political economy, equitable education, as well as conflict-resolution studies. She is also involved with Project 1808 on campus and works for the Rec Sports department. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and golfing.

Aly Niehans – Editor

Aly is a senior majoring in Political Science. She is interested in international human rights and the effectiveness of international organizations in protecting them. More specifically, Aly is interested in when, why, and where violations of human rights occur. On campus, Aly is the Features Editor for the Badger Herald, as well as a member of the Badger Herald Board of Directors and Editorial Board. In her free time, Aly likes to watch documentaries, drink copious amounts of coffee, online shop, and, as of late, do the New York Times Crossword puzzle.

Ashley Levi – Editor

Ashley Levi is a junior majoring in International Studies and Political Science with a certificate in European Studies. She has a specific interest in global security and its implications for local communities involved. Outside of the WIRe, she works as an editing intern through the Student Federal Service for the Veteran Affairs blog and is involved in philanthropy roles within her sorority. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, cooking, painting, and online shopping.

Ryan Thiele – Editor

Jadalyn Eagens – Editor

William Keenan – Editor


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