Editorial Board

Grace Adcox, Editor-in-Chief


Grace is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a double major in Political Science and Asian Studies. A Nashville native, she can most often be found in local coffee shops writing about global affairs, particularly the relationship between the U.S. and China, and China’s growing influence in South America and Africa. This is her second year on the leadership of VPR and she looks forward to working with all the excellent writers on staff and the passionate members of the editorial board.

Catherine Kvam, Deputy Editor-in-Chief


Catherine Kvam is a senior and Deputy Editor in Chief for VPR. Previously, Kvam served as a Senior Editor after joining the staff as a contributor in 2016. She is interested in social justice topics and international affairs.

Alejandro Monzon, Deputy Editor-in-Chief


Alejandro is a senior in the College of Arts & Science majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in International Conflict Mitigation and pursuing a minor in American Government. He has conducted on-the-ground research in Sarajevo and is a research assistant at the Research on Conflict and Collective Action (ROCCA) Lab. Outside of VPR, Alejandro is also the treasurer for the Alexander Hamilton Society.

Jamie Jacobson, Managing Director


Jamie Jacobson is a senior from Denver, Colorado majoring in Public Policy Studies. Jamie developed her love for politics as a high school speech and debate nerd. She is most interested in domestic policy and politics, especially health care policy and public health advocacy. Jamie also serves as a member of Speaker’s Committee at Vanderbilt. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading The Atlantic and baking cakes, cookies, and other pastries (always from scratch).

Drew Perez, Online Director & Senior Editor


Drew is a sophomore from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, majoring in Public Policy Studies. On campus, he is a member of Delta Sigma Pi and a contributor to the Vanderbilt Hustler sports section. Drew enjoys reading Nate Silver and playing with his bernedoodle puppy, Tess.


Jacqui Pittman, Social Media Director & Senior Editor


Jacqui Pittman is a senior from Denver, Colorado majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Business/Women and Gender Studies. Jacqui has special interests in international politics, animal rights advocacy, and race relations.

Eric Asen, Senior Editor


Eric is a junior from Cary, Illinois majoring in Political Science and Economics. He is particularly passionate about foreign affairs and works for the Research on Conflict and Collective Action Lab and the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt. In his free time, Eric enjoys playing foosball, jamming to music, and running his beekeeping business.

Bianca Herloy, Senior Editor


Bianca Herlory is a senior from Denver, Colorado.  She is majoring in Clarinet Performance, and European Studies with a minor in Italian Studies. Being a French citizen, she is particularly interested in European politics and international relations. She is also working for the Political Science Department in the Latin American Public Opinion Project here at Vandy.

Naveen Krishnan, Senior Editor


Naveen Krishnan is a senior triple majoring in Neuroscience, Sociology, and MHS from Orlando, FL. He is primarily focused in areas surrounding international affairs and human rights, writing his senior theses on the intersection of marginalized identities, terrorism, and healthcare. Outside of VPR, Naveen is a coxswain for the Vanderbilt Rowing Team, enjoys creating 3D origami, and watches most of the gritty crime dramas on television. After graduation he will be working as a consultant with BCG.

Roshan Natarajan, Senior Editor


Roshan Natarajan is a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee who is majoring in Political Science. His passion for politics started after he met President Jimmy Carter at a Habitat for Humanity build site in his hometown. He is interested in local politics and the American judiciary. In his free time, you may find him watching Arsenal soccer matches or eating at AVO.


Danny Harris 

Danny is a Senior from Memphis, TN majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He is active in leadership positions at KA and Vanderbilt College Republicans.

Shiva Sachdeva

Shiva is a Senior from Miami, Florida majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business, Spanish, and Psychology. He is most interested in the the legal implications of current events and international law. He spent a semester studying in Florence, Italy studying comparative European politics and summer in London, United Kingdom studying economics.

Ben Lackner

Ben Lackner is a senior from Buffalo, New York who plans to study public policy with a minor in history. He developed a love for politics while listening to his dad argue about current events with his in-laws every thanksgiving. When he is not studying or writing for the VPR, he enjoys torturing himself by watching Buffalo sports and reading. Additionally, he plays defense for Vanderbilt’s club hockey team and is involved in Greek Life.

Joe Lovinger

Joe is a senior from Purchase, New York double majoring in English and Political Science. Outside of VPR, Joe is the founder and chairman of the Vanderbilt Student Library Committee and a member of the prose staff for the Vanderbilt Review. He is particularly interested in the interaction between American politics, popular culture, and media.

Palmer Montalbano

Palmer Montalbano is a junior from New Orleans, Louisiana planning on double majoring in Political Science and Communications. He was inspired to write after witnessing the chaotic presidential election filled with false news stories and hopes to bring quality news stories to the Vanderbilt community. He is Vice President of a local New Orleans non-profit, Hams For Fams. He also writes poetry in his free time.



Ram Reddy

Ram is a senior from Upland, CA majoring in History. His political interests include geopolitics, nationalist and ethnic conflicts, the military in terms of foreign policy, and civil liberties/constitutional originality. In addition to writing for the Vanderbilt Political Review, he competes on the Vanderbilt Trapshooting Team, is the managing editor of the Vanderbilt Historical Review. In his spare time, he is a movie buff and gearhead.

Keshav Kundassery

Keshav is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. Outside of writing for VPR, he is a Commons RA, co-founded Vanderbilt Effective Altruism, and is planning to attend medical school after college. Outside of work, he enjoys reading and listening to 60’s rock music.


Gavin Yuan

Gavin is a senior Political Science/Medicine Health and Society double major from Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He is interested in how international occurrences affect local communities and is currently on the Pre-med track. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

Rebecca Brisman

Rebecca is a senior from Armonk, New York majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society, and minoring in Biology. She is on the pre-veterinary track, and is very passionate about her love for animals. Her political interests include social justice topics and environmentalism. Outside of VPR, she is a member of TAP, where she tutors children from North Nashville. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, swimming, and scuba diving. 

Tony Owusu

Tony Owusu is a sophomore from Alexandria, VA majoring in Biomedical Engineering on the pre-med track. He is interested in issues that affect Vanderbilt students as well as minority groups across the world.

Adriel Bineza

Adriel Bineza is a senior from La Vergne, Tennessee, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Art. He has been involved in VSVS and serves as chairman for Vanderbilt Student Government’s Economic Inclusivity Committee. He is interested in the intersection of science and law/public policy. After graduation he plans on attending law school to pursue a career in intellectual property/patent law.

Stephen Reisner

Katie Ward

Eric Ponce

Eric is a sophomore hailing from Dallas, Texas. Pursuing a double major in Philosophy and English, Eric can most often be found reading long novels or losing himself in thought about said novels. As a contributor to VPR, Eric hopes to add his voice to the growing chorus of active citizenship on campus.

Kate Weaver

Kate is a senior from Louisville majoring in Political Science and European Studies. After college and law school, she is planning on eventually teaching and practicing immigration/asylum law. Outside of VPR you can find her working on the exec board for College Dems and Women in Government, hiking, embroidering, or talking about cheese.

Jacques Friedman

Jacques is a senior history major and political science minor from Dallas, Texas. He is interested in Middle Eastern politics, stemming from having family in the region. Jacques enjoys traveling to politically relevant countries, including Cuba, Tunisia, Israel, and Russia.

Will Fritzler

Will is a sophomore from beautiful Portland, Oregon passionate about politics, writing, architecture, and sports. He enjoys basketball, the Pacific Ocean, and indulging his sweet tooth. Studying political science, Will is particularly interested in the presidency and technology in politics.

Jai Bansal 

Jai Bansal is a sophomore from Short Hills, New Jersey, majoring in economics and mathematics. His political interests include immigration, second amendment rights, and drug policy.  Outside of VPR, Jai is a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and coaches a high school debate program located in Massachusetts. He is interested in attending law school after he graduates.

Mary Elaine Hanna

Mary is a senior from Nashville, TN. She is studying Political Science and Medicine, Health & Society with a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about social justice, particularly as it pertains to refugees and immigrants. Outside of VPR, you can find her working at the English Language Center on campus, doing service in the community, or watching the game show Jeopardy. 



Aiyappa Bollera
Aiyappa Bollera, or Appa to his friends, is a senior from Edison, New Jersey, majoring in Political Science and Economics & History. He is the President of the Vanderbilt College Democrats, as well as a passionate member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is an avid movie lover, Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Lakers fan, and a legally ordained minister.


Emma Claire Geitner

Donald Hall
Donald, or D.J., is a sophomore from Lake City, Florida planing on majoring in Political Science along with minors in History and Russian Studies. When not watching college football, UFC, or YouTube movie reviews, he can be found hosting prospective students with Dore for a Day, working at the Pub, or attending a political convention. His interests include questioning the role of government in our lives, the evolution of party politics, and political theory.
Reed Bonee
Reed is a senior from Savannah, TN majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with a minor in Political Science. He became interested in politics during his freshman year of college because of the 2016 election. His main interests include health policy and the judicial process. He is involved with his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, both locally and internationally. Reed hopes to become a lawyer after graduation and run for office soon after.

Ben Noon

Ben is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in Asian studies. He is originally from Towson, Maryland. Ben focuses on writing about international affairs and American foreign policy for VPR.
Ellie Ward
Ellie is a Junior from Arlington, Virginia studying Political Science and English. She is primarily interested in investigative journalism, global affairs, and following the 2020 Presidential election. On campus, Ellie works in the Vanderbilt Next Steps program and is a Tour Guide. Over the past summer, she interned with ABC News in Washington, DC with the Pennsylvania Avenue and Global Affairs departments.

Rachael Osman

Rachael is a junior from Miami, Florida. She is double majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a Business minor. Her interests focus primarily on international politics as she spent the summer interning for a foreign policy think tank in Israel and participates in the European Horizons chapter at Vandy.