5th Editorial Board of the Gate


Adam Chan is a third-year Fundamentals and Economics double major, interested in history, political philosophy and international relations. This summer, he interned at, focusing on the Russia investigation. Previously he was a research intern at the R Street Institute, a think-tank in DC and externed at the Department of the Interior. At the Gate, Adam was a Senior Writer in his first year and the Opinion Editor last year. On campus, Adam is also President of the UChicago Political Union, a member of College Republicans, has been a Fellows Team Leader at the Institute of Politics, and Vice President of Alpha Epsilon Pi. He loves studying politics, enjoys playing card and board games with friends, traveling, and eating exotic food.

Dylan Wells is a third-year Political Science major and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations minor. This summer Dylan worked at ABC News' Washington, D.C. bureau as a Political Unit Fellow. Previously, she interned twice at the Institute of Politics as the Events Intern and the Summer Programs Intern, and with POLITICO Live at the Democratic National Convention. On campus, Dylan serves on the boards of TEDxUChicago and Chicago Strategies, a political consulting group. Last year she served as The Gate's Elections Editor, and was the recipient of the inagural David Axelrod Reporting Grant, which she used for a story on domestic human trafficking. Dylan enjoys traveling, exploring the Chicago brunch scene, and playing with her dog, Wasabi.

Managing Editor

Jacob Toner Gosselin is a rising fourth-year, majoring in Math and Economics and minoring in Creative Writing. He is interested in health policy and criminal justice reform. He's currently working as a data journalist with Injustice Watch, a non-profit newsroom in Chicago. He's previously worked interned at the Brookings Institution's Center for Health Policy, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.  On campus, Jacob is the Captain of the Varsity Cross Country team, and competes in Track as well.  He enjoys reporting on local issues, running with his friends, and tutoring at Chavez Middle School with the Chicago Peace Corps.

U.S. Editor

Riddhi Sangam is a third-year Economics major. This past summer, she interned with Rutberg & Company, a boutique investment bank located in San Francisco. On campus, she is a Research Assistant at the Becker Friedman Institute and is also a member of the Women in Public Service Program.

Chicago Editor

Danielle Schmidt is a third-year Public Policy and Philosophy double major and Human Rights minor. Danielle has interned for a non-profit employment center on the South Side and a bipartisan advocacy organization for immigration reform; she served as a Field Director for an Illinois State Representative as well. On campus, she volunteers for New Americans and enjoys exploring the city with her cattle dog.

World Editors

Ashton Hashemipour is a second-year Political Science major interested in international relations and foreign policy. This summer, he interned at Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s district office here in Chicago. On campus, he’s the Director of Publication at EUChicago, a Chair for the Model UN Conference the university hosts, and on the International Policy Program at the Institute of Politics.

Saisha Talwar is a third year studying political science. This past summer, she interned with ABC News' Political Unit in Washington DC. Previously, Saisha worked at Dow Jones and the McKinsey Social Initiative. On campus, she is a research intern at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, Director of the Maroon Project on Security and Threats, and a tour guide for the admissions office. Saisha enjoys traveling and consuming unhealthy amounts of flaming hot cheetos.

Interviews Editor

Ridgley Knapp is a second-year in the College. This summer, he was an intern for Senator Richard Blumenthal in Washington, D.C. On campus, he is a member of varsity crew and the UC Democrats. He also sits on the Executive Board of College Democrats of Illinois and is Deputy Communications Director for College Democrats of America. When he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with friends.

University Editor

Sarah Wasik is a third year double majoring in Public Policy and Philosophy. This past summer, she interned with her local congressman and was a data analysis intern for American Hotel Register Company. In the past, she has worked as a campaign field organizer and election judge. On campus, she is a member of the Smart Museum of Art student advisory board and Chicago Strategies. Sarah enjoys running, drinking coffee and taking naps.

Opinion Editor

Malloy Owen is a fourth-year in Fundamentals and philosophy. He wrote his Fundamentals junior paper on the political theology of Plato’s Laws and is currently working on a BA essay about Kierkegaard’s uses of the Kantian concept of autonomy. He has interned at The American Conservative magazine and spent last summer teaching high school students in the Great Books Summer Program at Stanford University. On campus, he is the publicity chair of UChicago Students for Life.

Senior Writers

Brett Barbin is a third-year Public Policy and Political Science double-major, interested in American history, geography, and political rhetoric. Last year, he served as the Deputy Political Director for Senator Mark Kirk’s reelection campaign and previously acted as a research intern for the Michael Smerconish Program. On campus, Brett is the secretary of College Republicans and a member of the Political Union. He enjoys exploring Chicago, collecting books, and reading way too much into public opinion polls.

Yarra Elmasry is a second year prospective Political Science major and Near Eastern Language and Civilizations minor, interested in international relations, psychology, and photojournalism. Over the summer she interned at the Independent in London. On campus, she is part of the marketing team for the Major Activities Board, a photographer and designer for the culinary magazine Bite, and a member of the competitive club tennis team.

Richard Omoniyi-Shoyoola is a rising fourth year in the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science. He has served as the Communications Director of the African-Caribbean Students Association, as an intern in the office of Senator Claire McCaskill, and as a Complaint Counselor for the ACLU of Missouri. He looks forward to serving as a Senior Writer for the Gate!

Alexandra Price is a second-year History and Russian Eastern European Studies double major and prospective German minor particularly interested in the Cold War and modern developments in the former Eastern Bloc. As this year's recipient of the Gate's annual Reporting Grant, she spent the summer in Germany reporting on refugee integration in Berlin. When she's not reading for class or writing for the Gate, Alexandra participates in Model United Nations, is a member of the Women in Public Service Project, and enjoys long bike rides around the city.

Kaeli Subberwal is a third-year political science major and physics minor, interested in journalism and science policy. Over the summer, Kaeli interned at HuffPost Politics in Washington, DC; previously, she wrote a weekly column and reported for the Summit Daily News in Frisco, CO. In her spare time, Kaeli enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains and traveling with her family.


Aman Tiku is a second year majoring in history and political science. Last summer, Aman interned at the FDA working on social science research projects. He writes a column on political developments in the Asia-Pacific at the Gate, having lived abroad for much of his life as an American citizen. On campus, he also serves as a Staff Editor on The University of Chicago Journal of Human Rights.

Carl Sacklen is first year in the College. Raised in London to a Swedish family, it is no surprise he has a passion for global politics. In particular, he is deeply interested in European politics and global democracy promotion. In 2016 he founded TalkPolitics, a UK-based non-profit to enhance Britain’s democracy and its policy ideas has been endorsed by several prominent politicians including Members of Parliament and former Secretaries of State.

Chief Copy Editors

Lucy Johnson is a third-year Political Science and Fundamentals major interested in civic republicanism, reactionary political philosophy, and Russian literature. This summer, she interned at a law office in Wisconsin; in Chicago she works as an editorial assistant at the University of Chicago Press and does improv with Occam’s Razor.

Emily Lynch is a second-year majoring in English and Political Science. This summer she studied Spanish in Seville and Barcelona; on campus she is involved in University Theater, The Dean’s Men, and Sliced Bread Literary Magazine.

Design Team

Lauren Futter is a third-year majoring in economics interested in political economy and historical economics. This past summer, she interned at the Federal Communications Commission in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau. On campus, she participates in Federal Reserve Challenge and is a percussionist in the University Symphony Orchestra.

Dina Rabinovitz is a third-year Economics major and Statistics minor interested in law and economics. This past summer, she interned with the Economics Division of the Office of Policy and Planning at the FDA. On campus, she is a member of the Moot Court Team and is on UChicago Hillel’s Student Advisory Board. 

Outreach Chair

Eleanor Khirallah is a third-year Public Policy major. When she’s not sleeping or tweeting, she’s involved in Women in Public Service, the ACLU, PARR, the Undergraduate Law Review, and Student Government. This summer, she will be working as a policy analyst at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a public service agency focused on securing civil rights and representation for American Muslims. In her free time, she enjoys spending too much time on Netflix, reading, and walking around Chicago.


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