Young Voices Contributors
Talented young communicators knowledgeable in the classical liberal tradition
Technology & Innovation | Culture | Immigration
Adriana Vazquez is a California native currently working at the Independent Institute as social media manager. Adriana contributed research to California Dreaming, a book on how to deal with California’s pension crisis. She is passionate about open borders and ending the war on drugs. She has a BA in Political Economy and Italian from UC Berkeley.
Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations | Political Theory
Albert Gustafson is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University studying economics, political science, and humanities. Whether for students, academic journals, or op-eds, Albert’s passion is bringing economic reasoning to his readers everyday. Previously, he wrote about taxes and regulations while conducting research on Nebraska’s death tax for the Platte Institute.
Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation | Entitlements
Amelia Irvine is a student at Georgetown University studying economics and government. She hails from sunny Phoenix, Arizona and directed a congressional campaign in AZ-01 in the summer of 2016. At Georgetown, Amelia is involved with pro-life and pro-family advocacy.
English | Spanish
Free Speech | Higher Education | Civil Liberties
Bradley Polumbo is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying economics and political science. On campus, Bradley is involved with free-speech advocacy and 2nd Amendment issues. He is a former editor and columnist for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the largest daily student newspaper in New England. His work has landed him in National Review, Fox News and on the Kirby Wilbur radio show.
Free Speech | Civil Liberties | Culture
Dan King is Young Voices Advocate, digital communications professional and writer residing in Arlington, Virginia. He is a Niagara University alumnus, where he helped form the Niagara University College Libertarian chapter. Dan writes extensively on issues of surveillance, free speech and civil liberties.
Foreign Policy | Political Economy | Culture
Jerrod A. Laber is a writer and non-profit program director based in Arlington, Virginia. He writes about democratic norms, millennials and political trends. Jerrod is also a former classical singer and actor who has appeared in opera, musical theater, and concert across the eastern and mid-western United States. He grew up in Appalachian Ohio.
Entitlements | Taxes & Regulations | Foreign Affairs
Michael Shindler is a writer living in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in outlets including The American Conservative, The American Spectator, Washington Examiner, Townhall, The Hill, CapX, Economics 21, RealClearPolicy, HillRag, and RealClearDefense. Additionally, his work has been quoted or featured by the Congressional Research Service, College Republican National Committee, Millennial Report, and National Journal.
Michael is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he studied economics and political science, and is an alum of the Charles Koch Institute’s policy fellowship and America’s Future Foundation’s writing fellowship programs.
English | Hindi | French
Taxes & Regulations | Technology & Innovation
Pranjal Drall hails from New Delhi and is a sophomore at Grinnell College where he studies Math and Economics. Pranjal is a techno-optimist and advocates for public policy frameworks that allow for permissionless innovation. He is a Policy Fellow at TechFreedom, a post-partisan think-tank in Washington, where he focuses on telecom, internet freedom, and emerging technologies. At Grinnell, he is a Research Assistant in the Economics Department, the Policy Head of the newly revived Grinnell Republicans, and a member of the Men’s Tennis Team.
Immigration | Political Theory | International Affairs
Tirzah graduated from University of San Francisco with a Master’s degree in International Studies. She resides in Washington, D.C., where she works in data visualization, research, and communications. Her research interests include: international development, globalization, and innovation.
NYC, New York
Urban Planning | Technology | Poverty
Nolan Gray is the policy director for the Center for Market Urbanism and a city planner in in NY. He holds a masters in city & regional planning from Rutgers University. His areas of expertise include land-use regulation, development, and urban planning theory.
Free Speech | Civil Liberties | Taxes & Regulations
Lindsay Marchello grew up in Georgia where she studied English Literature and Political Science at Columbus State University. Her interest in journalism and politics led her to intern at Reason Magazine. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is an Associate Editor at the Carolina Journal.
International Affairs | Taxes and Regulations | Civil Liberties
Satya is a Sydney-based writer and Director of Policy at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. He contributes regularly to The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and Spectator in Australia and has been published internationally in The Hill, The Verdict and Svensk Tdskrifft. He has been featured on Radio and TV, has reviewed state and federal budgets and also provided analysis on a range of policy areas including tax reform, foreign relations, public health and civil liberties. He also appears regularly before state and federal parliamentary and senate inquiries to provide evidence on policies impacting Australia’s economic prosperity and social freedoms.
Free Speech | Political Theory | International Development
Matt Liles is an International Relations major at the University of Texas at Austin. He is from the Dallas area and was previously a Community Voices contributor to the Dallas Morning News. In Austin, Matt interns within the Texas State Senate.
Salt Lake City, UT
Criminal Justice | Political Theory | Civil Liberties
Molly is a Policy Analyst at Libertas Institute, a free market think tank in Utah. Choosing the mountains over the great lakes, she first moved from her beloved state of Michigan to attend Rocky Mountain College in Montana. After graduating, she moved to Utah where she helps author legislation and push for positive government reforms.
Free Speech | Political Theory | Culture
Patrick is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, where he is studying journalism. Outside of college, he is an editor for Lone Conservative and contributor to Catholic Link. He is a former student journalist for WMAR ABC-2 News in Baltimore and is currently an intern at the Media Research Center. When not immersed in politics, he is probably watching his hometown Ravens or Orioles.
International Affairs | Political Theory | Civil Liberties
Sophia Larson graduated from Ashland University with a degree in International Politics and Spanish. She writes on American foreign policy and non-interventionism. Her work has appeared in the New Lyceum and Res Publica.
Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation | Culture
Kayla Stetzel was raised in the Midwest. When she isn’t writing about how criminal justice, privacy or free speech issues, she’s refining her skills as a young filmmaker. She’s passionate about original reporting, and has works featured in Reason.
Free Speech | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
Mitchell Siegel is a sophomore at Duke University studying economics with a concentration in finance, and is also pursuing Duke’s philosophy, politics & economics and journalism certificates. At Duke, he is a bassist for the Duke Jazz Ensemble, a columnist for the Chronicle, and is involved on the executive boards of the Duke College Republicans and the Duke Moot Court team. In the future, he seeks to pursue a career in law. Last summer, he was a research intern for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. He has also worked as a policy research intern for the Foundation for Government Accountability through the Charles Koch Institute’s summer internship program.
Rockbridge Baths, VA
Healthcare | Taxes & Regulation | Culture
Martha is a Hillsdale College graduate with a BA in Political Economy. Originally from Florida, she has lived in Michigan, California, Illinois, and Virginia. While living in Oakland, California, she became passionate about housing and the transformative effects of cities.
Criminal Justice | Entitlements | Healthcare
Born and raised in Northern California, Jake Grant attended San Diego State University where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and minors in Psychology and Economics. After graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work in policy at the Coalition to Reduce Spending (CRS). He currently works at CRS as Outreach Director.
Free Speech | Criminal Justice | Civil Liberties
Alexis is a student at Harvard University where she studies philosophy and government, serves on the Masthead of the Harvard Political Review, and fights for absolute freedom of speech. Inspired by John Locke and Frédéric Bastiat, Alexis advocates for government policies designed to promote individual liberty, from ending mass incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses to protecting internet privacy. She is the National Campus Program Director for Unite America, and served as a Charles Koch Intern for the Foster Russell Family Foundation in summer of 2018.
Entitlements | Education | Technology & Innovation
H.J. Bennett grew up in the rural Midwest and Southern industrial towns. She advises businesses on marketing strategy, particularly integrating digital advertising with traditional channels. Bennett writes on education, poverty and emerging technologies like UAS and AI.
International Affairs | Political Theory | International Development
Alexander C. R. Hammond is a researcher at a Washington D.C. think tank. He frequently writes about economic freedom, globalization and human well-being. Hammond’s works have been translated into multiple languages and have appeared in; Reason, CapX, El Cato, Academia Liberalismo Económico, Foundation for Economic Education, Contrepoints and Newsweek USA. He is a graduate of History and Politics, from the University of Exeter.
English | Hindi
Economy | Political Theory | Tech & Innovation
Ryan Khurana is currently a Research Fellow for the Consumer Choice Center. He studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of Manchester, where his undergraduate thesis was on the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Labour Markets. He has worked with Institute of Economic Affairs, recently winning their inaugural Breakthrough Prize for Best Free-Market Proposal to Alleviate Uk Poverty.
Ryan is now based in Washington, D.C.
Environment | Taxes & Regulations | Technology & Innovation
Free Speech | Immigration | Culture | Taxes & Regulations
Sam Peak graduated from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri with a BA in political science. He has done policy research for the Cato Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council. Sam’s work has been featured in the American Conservative, the Federalist, and the Kansas City Star.
Healthcare | Entitlements | Taxes & Regulations
San Diego, California
Defense | Taxes & Regulation | Civil Liberties
Jack Hipkins is a Young Voices Advocate based in San Diego, California with a BA in History from the University of California. He has contributed to policy research at organizations including Americans for Democratic Action and the Cato Institute. Jack specializes in US foreign policy and economic theory, and his work has been featured in Townhall and Real Clear Defense.
Chapel Hill, NC
English | Spanish | Italian
Education | Political Theory | Culture
Shannon Watkins grew up in Southern California where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Linguistics from UCLA. Inspired by figures such as William F. Buckley Jr., Justice Antonin Scalia, and Thomas Sowell, Watkins became interested in public policy and political theory. She pursued these interests and now works at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal where she writes on higher education policy. Watkins is an alumna of America’s Future Foundation’s Writing Fellows Program and the State Policy Network’s Generation Liberty Fellowship. Watkins lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband.
English | Spanish | Czech
Civil Liberties | Tech & Innovation | Criminal Justice Reform
After graduating from W&M in 2016, Jonathan took a summer internship with the Daily Caller News Foundation where he penned pieces related to politics, healthcare, and gun rights. Since then he has begun work at the R Street Institute as a Tech Policy Intern, contributing research for policy papers on the sharing economy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and criminal justice reform. Jonathan aspires to be a contributor for National Review.
Spanish | English
International Affairs | Political Theory
Education | Taxes & Regulations | Tech & Innovation
Julian Adorney is a Young Voices Advocate and economic historian. His writing has appeared in a number of outlets, including National Review, The Federalist, Fox Nation, FEE, and Lawrence Read’s latest anthology Excuse Me, Professor. He’s a 2016 Thorpe Fellow with the Foundation for Economic Education.
English | Sinhala
Defense | Free Speech | Civil Liberties
Originally from Sri Lanka, Deshani graduated from Lynn University, FL, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After moving to Washington, D.C., she worked as a research assistant and intern at The Institute of World Politics–a graduate school in statecraft and national security, and a social media manager at Good of All–a human rights nonprofit. Deshani’s interests include history, global affairs, and foreign policy, and she is an avid consumer of policy and politics.
Russian | English
Taxes & Regulation | Education | Entitlements
Anil Niraula is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a MS in Applied Economics. After graduating in 2016 he has joined Reason Foundation as a policy analyst and now works primarily on public pension policy. His writing interests include effects of the financial market volatility on public policy, impacts of right-to-work laws on state employment, and student loan repayment programs.
Taxes & Regulations | Free Speech
Lili Carneglia is in her last year at the University of Alabama earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, simultaneously. Her graduate studies focus on policy, which is where her passions truly lie.
English | Luxembourgish | French | German
Political Theory | Environment | Culture
Bill Wirtz is a policy analyst and political correspondent based in Brussels, Belgium. He covers European politics as well as EU-policy measures and their effect on its citizens. His work has been published in outlets such Newsweek, Washington Examiner, RealClear, The American Conservative, Le Monde, and Le Figaro.
NYC, New York
English | Russian
Defense | Political Theory | Civil Liberties
Michael Zigismund is an attorney based in New York City. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and holds a B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations, Political Science, and Music.
English | French
2nd Amendment Law | Taxes & Regulations | Civil Liberties
Matthew Larosiere is a legal associate at a Washington, D.C. think tank, writing frequently on the subject of the 2nd Amendment, gun laws and also taxation. Matthew graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama with a J.D. and Master of Laws in Taxation. During law school, he served as the president of the Federalist Society and the ethics opinion editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Central Florida.
Healthcare | Culture
Tyler is a Communications Fellow with the Charles Koch Institute and has written for Campus Reform, The Washington Free Beacon, The Libertarian Republic, The Liberty Conservative, and other media outlets. He also contributed to Penn State’s student newspaper, the Daily Collegian, and was heavily involved with Young Americans for Liberty and Students for Rand Paul.
Oak Lawn, IL
Taxes & Regulation | Political Theory | Culture
John Kristof is a freelance policy writer from Chicago and a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics and Honors Humanities. Previously, John interned at the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), mainly writing on fiscal issues and government efficiency, reaching over 100,000 unique readers. Before his stint at IPI, John was a Junior Fellow at the Illinois Family Institute, where he wrote on religion and politics, conducted political research and launched the Illinois Family Spotlight podcast. At IWU, John serves on three student government committees and works as an assistant in the Department of Economics.
Entitlements | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulations
Alex Muresianu is a student at Tufts University and treasurer of the College Republicans chapter. He is pursuing a degree in economics, and also contributes to Lone Conservative, a website for conservatives in college and graduate school, on which he covers a mix of cultural issues and economic policy.
Criminal Justice | Healthcare | Taxes & Regulation | Culture
A military brat, Christian grew up in West Point, NY and earned a B.A. from Messiah College with a double major in philosophy and economics. He currently does policy research for the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Pioneer Institute. Christian’s work has been featured in multiple publications such as the Washington Examiner and the Daily Caller. He also is a singer/songwriter and a die-hard fan of The Office.
Immigration | Taxes & Regulation | Education
He is pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration through his university’s combined BA/MPA program. Alex previously worked as a development intern with Young Voices. He has interned on Capitol Hill, is the President of the Catholic Student Association, and is a supervisor at the AU Phonathon. Born and raised in New York City, Alex enjoys musical theater, improv and New York pizza.
International Affairs | Immigration | Criminal Justice Reform
Cory Massimino is a fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society, a Students For Liberty Senior Campus Coordinator, and a Young Voices Advocate. His writings have appeared in such publications as Town Hall, Counterpunch, The Daily Caller, The American Conservative, Antiwar.com, and The Libertarian. Cory studies philosophy in central Florida and contributes to the Students For Liberty blog and The Circle Molinari, a student-run left libertarian blog.
Defense | International Affairs
John Dale Grover is the Assistant Editor at The National Interest. He works on Conflict Analysis Resolution at George Mason University. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, John has a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies, with a focus on International Relations, from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. His work on foreign affairs can be found in Forbes, RealClearPolicy, RealClearDefense, Fox News and in a variety of national security journals.
International Affairs | Culture | Education
Education | Taxes & Regulation | Culture