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8th Editorial Board of the Gate

Editors-in-Chief

Ronan O'Callaghan has always been passionate about history, writing, and politics, and his experience at the IOP has allowed him to further explore the intersection of these subjects. He began at the IOP through joining the Gate as a junior writer in Fall 2020 and became co-Editor-in-Chief in Spring of 2021. Outside of writing about politics for the Gate, he has an interest in creative writing.

Madeleine Wonneberger is a fourth year majoring in Public Policy Studies and Anthropology, minoring in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Outside of the Gate, she is an undergrad writing tutor and the soprano section leader of Motet choir. In her free time, she loves to play piano, paint, explore downtown, play violin, and travel with friends. Since beginning at UChicago, she's worked in China, Hong Kong, Michigan, Chicago, and D.C. She is super excited to work with this year's writers and board!

Managing Editor

Kaitlyn Van Baalen is a fourth-year public policy major and statistics minor with a special interest in education and urban policy. Outside of class, she is a captain of the varsity cross country and track teams and a financial literacy mentor in Chicago high schools with Moneythink. She loves cooking and trying out new Chicago restaurants. After serving as a senior writer and the Chicago section editor with the Gate, she is excited to oversee the senior writers this year as the Managing Editor.

U.S. Editors

Gabrielle Meyers is a fourth year majoring in Public Policy and History. She has been writing for the Gate since the beginning of her freshman year, and is excited to be managing the US Section for the second year in a row. Currently, Gabby is getting more involved in local politics by interning for one of Chicago’s aldermen. She is also a Copy Chief for the Chicago Maroon, a Crisis Director for ChoMUN, and the co-Vice President of Membership for APO, the community service fraternity on campus.

Chicago Editor

Molly Morrow is a second year majoring in English Language and Literature. She will be serving as the Chicago Section Editor and is looking forward to writing about Chicago politics and policy this upcoming year!

World Editor

Donna Son is a third year political science and French double major. She has held various positions at The Gate since she first became involved in her first year, and now serves as the World section editor. Though she mostly researches French racial politics, Donna is excited to explore other topics concerning international politics and economy.

Interviews Editor

Emma Burstiner is a second-year intending to major in Business Economics and Law, Letters, and Society. She started writing for the Interview section of The Gate in fall of her first year, and has loved being involved ever since. On campus, she is involved with TAMID, Student Government Community Service Fund Committee, Phi Alpha Delta, Women in Business, Women+ in Law, The Maroon, and her sorority, Delta Gamma.

University Editor

Chelsea Seifer is a second-year studying Political Science and Health and Society from Santa Monica, California. Outside of The Gate, she works on events planning for the Careers in law office and is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She has interned at the New Orleans Public Defenders office and in her free time, she enjoys speeding on Lake Shore Drive, buying plants that die in her Max P suite, and going to jazz clubs.

Opinion Editor

Emily Grant is a third-year student majoring in Political Science. Although she is a true generalist, with interests spanning a broad range of subject areas, she most enjoys reading and writing about international politics. In addition to editing the Opinions section of The Gate, Emily is a co-director of the undergraduate Society for International Relations and a researcher at the Paul Douglas Institute. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading classic novels, running, and watching TV dramas in languages she does not yet understand.

Senior Writers

Julianna Rossi is a fourth year political science major and human rights minor in The College from Los Angeles, California. She is also on the IOP's Student Advisory Board as the Communications Co-Chair and serves as the Co-Chair of UChiVotes. When she's not writing or encouraging her classmates to get out and vote, she loves to read, bike, and explore Chicago.

Sukhm Kang is a second-year student majoring in math. He is interested in writing about Indian politics and progressive politics in the United States. Outside of the Gate, he enjoys playing the guitar, drawing, and reading.

Maggie Rivera is a second-year student hoping to major in Public Policy or Law, Letters, and Society, with special interests in education and immigration policy. In addition, Maggie works for the Chicago Public Schools's School Supports Team and as a research assistant for the Beyond Schools Lab. Outside of writing for The Gate, she also enjoys writing both fiction and creative nonfiction. 

Eli Wizevich is a second year in the College planning to major in history and/or Near Eastern archaeology. He is interested in exploring international politics, elections, and uprisings as a Senior Writer, with a special focus on the Middle East. Aside from the Gate, Eli is an active member of the UChicago Folklore Society and enjoys playing various folk instruments in his free time.

Tyler Okeke is a third-year in the College studying political science. In addition to writing for the Gate, Tyler serves as the Vice President of Advocacy in the Undergraduate Student Government, President of the African & Caribbean Students Association, a Junior Editor for the Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy, and an intern in President Ivo Daalder’s Office at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His research and writing interests are in international political economy, African political economy, international trade & finance, and extractive industries in Africa.

Olafur Oddsson Cricco is a third year studying Economics and Law, Letters and Society. Growing up in Iceland and upstate New York, he enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, running and climbing. In addition to his work at the Gate, he is a member of the varsity UChicago Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

Nina Iyer is a second year planning to major in Economics specialized in Data Science. She enjoys following politics and has a particular interest in the legal system and issues in the Supreme Court. Outside of The Gate, she is active in a couple of finance RSO’s and you can usually find her getting coffee at Pret!

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