Isa Spoerry

Isa Ananya Spoerry is a senior majoring in Social & Cultural Analysis and minoring in Global & Urban Education and Peace & Conflict Studies. Originally from Chicago’s North Shore, Isa is making the most of her time in New York City while aspiring to see as much of the world as possible. Her research interests include South Asian studies, diaspora communities, human rights, and education. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she will pursue a Master’s at NYU’s Center for Experimental Humanities. In her spare time, Isa enjoys international travel, writing personal essays, and going to brunch with her eight-year-old sister.

She can be reached at isa.spoerry@nyu.edu and would love to hear from you.


Digital Managing Editor & Web Director


Hakan Stanis

Hakan Stanis is a senior in the College of Arts and Science, majoring in economics. He is interested in the economics and political situations of the Middle East, Western Europe as well as economic development. After completing his Bachelor's degree, Hakan plans on pursuing a Master's in International Relations from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. He hopes to pursue a career in either diplomacy or international development. Hakan loves to read, run, or go on long walks with his dog when not in class or writing for the journal.

Feel free to contact Hakan at hcs323@nyu.edu



Print Managing Editor

Cynthia Tong

Cynthia Tong is a senior majoring in Public Policy with focuses in environmental and social policy. Born in Shenzhen, China, and raised in Irvine, California, she hopes to bring together her two worlds by pursuing a public service career that engages with the international community. As a lover of East Asian languages, she can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean; she hopes to add Japanese to her list next.


Chief Operating Officer

Janet Lee

Janet Lee is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics. Taking particular interest in international business and human rights, Janet has interned for the United States Public Interest Research Group and volunteers for UNICEF on a regular basis. She characterizes herself as an ambitious individual- although many describe her as a girl with commitment issues. At the moment, her hobby seems to be kickboxing (which will definitely change soon).

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Digital Chief of Staff

Jessica Steele

Jessica Steele is a senior in the College of Arts and Science majoring in history. She is interested international law, human rights, and Russian history. After she finishes her BA, Jessica plans on getting her Masters in history from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. When she’s not in class or working on JPIA, she likes loitering in bookstores and drinking coffee.



Managing Editorial Associate (Print)


Charles Moxley

Charles Moxley is a Junior in CAS majoring in Politics and minoring in French. His research interests include US foreign policy, democracy promotion, neoliberal economic theory and macroeconomic policy. His professional experience includes interning with an advocacy agency, the asset management firm Gabelli Funds, and a securities law firm. He is currently preparing a DURF on how renewable energy companies can borrow financial practices from private military corporations who have successfully innovated their R&D practices. Charles is fluent in Macedonian, and enjoys recommending Mediterranean food dishes to foodies. Charles plans to get an MBA after college and go into either investment banking or management consulting. A native New Yorker, Charles enjoys jogging around Central Park, enjoying new music, swimming, and reading various international affairs and business journals.


Design Editor (Print)


Phoenix Chen

Phoenix Chen is a sophomore at College of Arts and Science double, double majoring journalism and politics. Born and raised in China, she’s curious about east Asian cultures and relations. Academically, she is interested in international relations, relationships between social media and political participation, history, cultural analysis and media criticism. In her spare time, she loves watching movies and documentaries, doing sports and writing. She’s also an avid traveler and reader, a musician and a foodie obsessed with Chinese foods.


Social Media Editor

Eva Gu

Eva Gu is a sophomore in CAS, and is primarily interested in East Asian relations, the intersection of linguistics and politics, and interracial relations within the U.S. Although currently an NYC resident, she remains a Bay Area native at heart, and passionately believes in the life-changing powers of West Coast boba. She is currently pursuing a minor in Creative Writing, and hopes to attend law school in the future. When not working on her political agenda, she can often be found crying over the lack of cat walkers on NYC sidewalks, or pursuing her skincare agenda by encouraging random strangers to wear sunscreen. 


Print Editors


Manpreet Kaur

Manpreet Kaur is a senior majoring in politics and minoring in Spanish and economics. She is particularly passionate about studying the role of women in politics and raising awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, meditating, and reading.

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Rachel Law

Rachel Law is a junior studying Politics and Economics in the College of Arts and Science. Originally from Hong Kong, Rachel is interested in international political economy, international law, as well as regional institution building for economic and military cooperation and integration in East Asia. Aside from JPIA, Rachel is also heavily involved with Student Government and the NYU chapter of Global China Connection on campus. In her free time, Rachel enjoys napping, learning new languages, and chilling with friends.

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Lenard Moxley

Lenard Moxley is a junior in CAS majoring in Politics with Minors in Economics and French. He is interested in researching foreign policy, international trade, international security and human rights promotion. He has researched national security and nuclear weapons as well through the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy. On campus, Lenard enjoys debate, practicing Tae Kwon Do, running, and playing soccer. He hopes to get an MBA after graduation and work in consulting.



Ahmad Rahman

Ahmad Rahman is a freshman in CAS hoping to major in Economics-Mathematics and minor in Philosophy. Academically, he’s interested in political economy, macroeconomics, U.S. politics, and history. He hopes to pursue either a J.D. or a Ph.D. in Economics or Finance after college. Ahmad has previously interned on Capitol Hill for his local Congressman, Rep. Filemon Vela. Outside of class and the Journal, he enjoys reading books, watching Netflix, and being one with nature.

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Gian Marco Candolo

Gian is a junior majoring in Politics, and double minoring in French and Media, Culture, and Communication. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, he currently calls Miami home.

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Digital Staff Writers


Ava Vecellio

Ava Vecellio is a sophomore in the Liberal Studies core program. She is interested in ultimately majoring in politics. Her political interests include millennial voter turnout, international human rights, and civic education. On campus, she is a part of the Mock Trial team. In her free time, she enjoys sleeping, reading, and starting TV shows that she’ll inevitably never finish.

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Emma Mahler

Emma Mahler is a freshman in Liberal Studies, hoping to major in Public Policy. As a military brat, she spent most of her childhood moving around the United States but now calls Fairfax, Virginia home. At NYU, she is involved in various LGBT and women's rights organizations and WNYU. Emma is interested in social welfare policy, education reform, human rights, and criminal justice. When she’s not busy studying or getting lost on her way to class, Emma enjoys spotting dogs in the park and getting far too invested in Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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Grace Kuang

Grace is a freshman at the College of Arts and Science, hoping to major in Philosophy and International Relations. Her academic interests include the military strategies of great powers, weapons development (particularly targeted towards United States weapons development), US-Russian relations, and space militarization.

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Jake Steel

Jake Steel is a junior in Steinhardt majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication and minoring in Business, Entertainment, Media, and Technology. Originally from Atlanta, GA, his academic interests include the relationship between politicians and the public, electoral strategies, historical comparisons to modern events, how policy affects race and religion, and the United States relationship with Israel. Jake has interned on Capitol Hill and on the 2017 NYC mayoral campaign, and he would like to go into political consulting in the near future. In his spare time, he is either hanging out with friends, playing guitar, or watching his beloved New York Yankees try to win the World Series.

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Jessie Rong

Jessie is currently a sophomore in CAS majoring in Politics and minoring in Economics. After college, she hopes to attend law school. Originally from California's bay area, Jessie is excited to explore all that New York has to offer. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys napping, golfing, lifting, and going to Broadway shows.

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Keri Shi

Keri Shi is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is hoping to major in English and Philosophy, though she has yet to take a single Philosophy class. She is interested in human rights violations, refugee and immigration policy, and the impact of international politics on pop culture. She is currently interning at an immigration law firm and plans to attend law school after graduation. In her free time Keri enjoys vegetating in Washington Square Park, scrolling through her phone even though her open laptop is right in front of her, and Googling what philosophy actually is.


Ludovica Grieco

Ludovica Grieco is a senior majoring in Media, Culture and Communications at NYU Steinhardt, and minoring in History. Her academic focus lies in the role of media in the politics of persuasion as well as the field of global and transcultural communication. She is particularly interested in pursuing a career in political journalism, reporting on international affairs. After she graduates, Ludovica plans to attend graduate school for journalism and master her skills in the field of writing, her utmost favorite thing. In her free time Ludovica likes to cook and read the New Yorker.

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Mehr Suri

Mehr Suri is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences seeking to double major in Economics and Philosophy. His academic concentrations lie in health care policy, the nexus of economic policy and US racial dynamics, and criminal justice reform. When he's not writing for the journal, you can find Mehr playing basketball, or re-watching Friends.

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Omar Naguib

Omar is a junior in CAS majoring in International Relations with a concentration in the Middle East. In addition to international relations, his interests lie in diplomacy, economics, finance, and aviation. Having internship experience at the UNDP and Senator Gillibrand's office, he's become keenly aware at how finance and economics are inextricably linked to politics. In the near future he hopes to work in finance or diplomacy. When he isn't studying or writing for the journal, he's probably watching football, basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, Rick and Morty, Archer; or getting his pilot's license.


Punn Siwabutr

Punn is a first-year Liberal Studies student, hoping to study International Relations. He comes from a British international school in Thailand, where he studied History, Psychology and English Literature.  Punn is interested in international relations, especially in historical IR and military affairs. The former stems from his academic study of history, which focused particularly on 19th and 20th Century politics, as well as his strong involvement in Model UN. The latter comes from his service in the Royal Thai Army Reserves, furthered by the security-minded questions in MUN. His interests include strategy games, debate and musicals about US founding fathers.

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Simone Kanter

Simone is a junior in CAS studying Politics. Academically, he is interested in the relationship between foreign and defense policy and the use of the military as a tool of diplomacy. Practically and professionally, Simone has a passion for the campaign trail and an obsession with public opinion. He has interned in the U.S. Senate and worked on various campaigns for office, ranging from State House of Representatives to President of the United States. When he's not writing for the Journal, Simone is either playing soccer, listening to a podcast, or indulging his guilty pleasure: 'Closer' by the Chainsmokers.