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Shea Lamanna, Editor-in-Chief70934293_2455529088059758_4139929018247938048_n.jpg

Shea is a second year Political Science MA student with a focus in Comparative Politics. She attended West Virginia University and graduated in May 2017 with a BA in History and Political Science. Following a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in West Virginia, she spent the summer in Germany before returning home to the District and joining the AU community.

Shea serves in a number of roles on campus, as the Graduate Student Council Political Science Representative, the Graduate Assistant for Community-Based Learning in the Center for Community Engagement & Service, the Founder/President of the Migration & Citizenship Studies Working Group, and she is working closely with CTRL on a new campus-wide survey initiative.

Her research focuses on migration, citizenship, and political economy in Europe, particularly surrounding the response to Syrian refugees.

Shea is a published author in fiction and non-fiction and is excited to explore this new role as EIC.


Arsene Frederic Jr., Communications Director

D19_575_120Arsene is a second year MPA student. As a native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; he attended Florida State University and graduated in May 2018 with a BA in English (Creative Writing) and a minor in Education. He serves as the Vice-President for the newly registered organization F1rst Gen Forward for first generation graduate students. He has held several jobs and internships in criminal justice reform, and campaign organizing and served as a staff writer for his college’s student newspaper, The FSVIEW and Florida Flambeau. He is currently a Communications Associate for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Single Family Unit.

Online Team

Tyler Jordon, Managing Online Editor

IMG_0719Tyler has held a number of jobs and internships in communications and public policy,and served as a staff writer for his college’s student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian. These experiences have taught him the value of strong policies, and how to communicate it to a target audience through strong writing. Tyler is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. He attended the University of Mississippi, majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish and history. He is pursuing a masters in political communications with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. 

edit2Ryan Cudemos-Brunoli, Associate Online Editor

Ryan is from West Hartford, CT and earned two Bachelors degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester,MA. He is a first year MPP student passionate about Science/Technology Policy and Citizen Participation. He enjoys baking, gardening, trying new things, and is conversationally fluent in Spanish (half Venezuelan).

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Dana is an online student from the Princeton area in New Jersey where she resides with her significant other, Ben, and their two cats, Petey and Archie. Dana earned a bachelor’s degree in history and is currently in her first year of working toward a master of science degree in counter-terrorism and homeland security. Dana is an avid board gamer and owns over seventy games. Other than board gaming, in her free time, Dana also enjoys baking and crafting.



Print Team

Karlee Naylon, Managing Print Editor

Karlee Naylon serves as the Journal’s Managing Print Editor. She is a second-year MPPK Naylon headshot student concentrating her studies in Social Policy and International CommunityDevelopment.

She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA, where she was involved in social science research and advocacy organizations on and off campus. Her research interests include compounding injustice, gender-based violence, disability, capacity building in developing communities, and vulnerability/underserved populations in the legal system.

She currently works as a Research Associate at the Justice in Government Project, housed in AU’s Justice Programs Office.


Erin Williams PicErin Williams, Associate Print Editor 

Erin is a first year graduate student in the Justice, Law, and Criminology program. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, but just completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. Erin’s research interests include child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and constitutional interpretation. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Palmer in the JLC Department.

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Matthew Boey,Resident Editor Matt Boey pic

Matthew Boey is a first-year student in the Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy program. A Wisconsin native, he graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, with an emphasis on supranational governance and data analytics. He has worked as a researcher and government affairs liaison for various nonprofits, including Everytown for Gun Safety and the Council on American Islamic Affairs.

Zoe Grimaila,Resident Editor

Sandra Mansour,Resident Editor

IMG_2952Sandra is a first year MPP student with a focus in social policy, specifically urban policy and immigration. She received a double degree in Government & Politics and History from the University of Maryland in 2014, with regional focuses in Latin America and the Middle East. Sandra is interested in how good policy can serve as the solution to root problems at all levels in society. She has held various internships and jobs in the Washington, DC area, especially in the nonprofit sector.


Kira McFadden,Resident EditorKira (38 of 49)

Kira is pursuing her masters in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy, focusing on the socioeconomic and political drivers of extremism. She received her BA in Linguistics and East Asian Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. A few fun facts about her:

Her favorite hobbies include anything food related, from going to happy hours to baking to watching cooking shows.
She has studied Mandarin Chinese for 4 years.
She collects shot glasses (or shot glass shaped glasses), and currently has 15.

Alex Minkoff,Resident Editor

61872970_10161979957645338_9112269681107927040_nAlex is a first year MPA student.  He is from Massachusetts originally but has been in Vermont for the last 10 years and where he got his undergraduate degree in Anthropology. He is big into outdoor activities and also enjoys cooking and board games. He is interested in working in the nonprofit sector with a focus on the environment, poverty, or immigration. He is also interested in the administrative side of disaster management and community resilience. The PPJ articles he is most interested in working on reflect his career interests.

Isabel Taylor,Resident Editor


One comment

  1. Good story on the polling industry. I had hoped I could have found some reporting on the size and scale of the industry. Media narratives rely heavily on the data, since the data itself becomes a story. Even if the data and methods would eventually be proven mostly unreliable, is the industry so big, so pervasive, and so baked-into the 24-hour news cycle that it could never be scrapped, only endlessly tweaked?


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