7th Editorial Board of the Gate


Noa Levin is a third-year Political Science major and Human Rights minor from New York. On campus, Noa works as a research assistant for Professor Paul Staniland and as Communications Director of the Maroon Project on Security and Threats (MPOST). She has previously served as a Policy Research Lead for Neal Salés-Griffin’s campaign for Mayor of Chicago, and this past summer, she interned at the U.S. Department of State. In her free time, Noa enjoys watching Seinfeld and bullet journaling.

Mariana Paez is a third year Economics and Political Science double major. She first became involved with The Gate winter quarter her first year, and since then has served as the U.S. section editor and now as a co-EIC. In addition to The Gate, she is a researcher for the Paul Douglas Institute, a student-run public policy think tank on campus. This past summer, she worked as a Communications Intern for the Becker Friedman Institute. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, running, exploring the city with friends, and spending time in cafes.

Managing Editor

Ashton Hashemipour is a fourth-year majoring in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. Last summer, he interned at Kaiser Associates, a consulting firm, and will be returning there after graduation.  Outside of the Gate, Ashton is writing a thesis on the Iranian Revolution and chairs a committee for the university’s annual Model UN conference. In his spare time, he enjoys arguing with Aman, The Gate's Opinions Editors, about the legacy of Kobe Bryant and the Mamba Mentality, challenging his friends in basketball and FIFA, and discussing Iranian history from 1921 to the modern day. 

U.S. Editor

Francesca Martini is a second-year majoring in philosophy and minoring in statistics. Francesca spent the first half of her summer interning at New York-based nonprofit The Common Good. She worked in the commercial division of the Supreme Court of New York County for the remainder of the summer as an intern for Hon. Saliann Scarpulla. In her free time she enjoys jamming with friends and going hiking.

Chicago Editor

Maddie Parrish is a second year from Westfield, New Jersey majoring in Political Science. On campus, she is the Chicago Section editor for The Gate and a Mind Over Matter Peer Health Advocate. She has previously interned in the Special Victim’s Unit of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and at BallotReady, and is currently interning in the Journalism and Media program at the MacArthur Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys running, exploring downtown with friends, reading, and making playlists.

World Editor

Meghan Ward is a Political Science and Economics major from Oak Park, a Chicago suburb. She’s a member of the class of 2021 and started writing for The Gate’s world section in her second year. She’s looking forward to editing for the world section this year!

Interviews Editor

Claire Cappaert is a third year studying Public Policy and (maybe) Russian & East European Studies. This past summer, she interned at UK Parliament for MP Ed Miliband. She previously has worked on two campaigns, at an alderman’s office, and for a literacy non-profit. On campus, Claire is president of EUChicago. In her free time, she enjoys café-hopping around the city, cheering on the Chicago Bears, and being by the lake. 

University Editor

Chase Gardner loves writing and editing for the Gate, but if you can’t find him lounging in the IOP living room, he’s probably busy running around campus and making life difficult for pedestrians as a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams. As his Environmental and Urban Studies major might suggest, he also does his best to help the planet by working remotely for a food hub in his hometown Cincinnati, OH. When not on the job, Chase enjoys making too much noise in the OI reading room, perusing postmodern fiction, and writing songs that no one will hear. 

Opinion Editor

Aman Tiku is a fourth-year double majoring in history and political science. His senior thesis addresses the role of security interests in democratization during the American occupation of Japan. In the past, he has interned at the Food and Drug Administration, Calvert Impact Capital, and Morrison & Foerster LLP. In addition to serving as Opinion Editor, Aman writes a column about Asia-Pacific political developments. He studied abroad in Paris in 2017 and was a Data Research Assistant at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats. In his spare time, Aman enjoys socializing with his college house, exercising, and following the NBA and the NFL.

Senior Writers

Jake Biderman is a third-year political science major interested in law who spent the summer covering the Democratic caucuses in Des Moines. When he’s not worrying about Americans’ critical thinking skills, he’s exercising, learning foreign languages, or watching baseball. Go Nats!

Matthew Heck is a second year in the College studying math and economics. Over the summer, he worked as a research assistant in an evolutionary biology lab at the University. Beyond the Gate, Matthew competes on the Model UN team and runs a committee at ChoMUN. In his free time, Matthew enjoys reading, exercising, and arguing semantics with his people in his house.

Sophia Lam is a second-year chemistry and political science major. Originally from New York City, she has spent past summers interning for Justin Brannan for City Council and Boies Schiller and Flexner LLP. On campus, she is a tutor at Maroon Tutor Match and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.

Alina Kim is a second year History major, hailing from Chino Hills, CA. When she's not a hermit at Harper, she brainstorms terrible puns at production nights for The Chicago Maroon, runs screenings at Doc Films, bangs away with her percussion instruments, or is a hermit at Mansueto instead. In her free time, she ranks boba shops, collects books, discusses literary and cinematic tropes, and explores musical events and performances around Chicago.

Ken Krmoyan is a third-year majoring in Economics and Political Science. He is also a Research Assistant for Professor Monika Nalepa from the Political Science Department, the Head of Membership at Phi Alpha Delta International Pre-Law Fraternity’s UChicago Chapter, as well as the Treasurer of the University of Chicago’s Armenia Students Association. In his spare time, Ken likes to read Architectural Digest and engage in very amateur photography.

Kaitlyn Van Baalen is a second-year Public Policy major interested in covering lesser-known domestic policy developments. On campus, she is a varsity cross country and track and field athlete, a volunteer mentor in local schools with Moneythink, and a Fellows Ambassador at the Institute of Politics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading trashy books and watching trashy television.

Valerie Zhu is a third-year student, double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. This past summer, she interned at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Beijing branch, investigating the outlooks of U.S-China relations and their respective strategic agendas in Asia-Pacific. On campus, she serves as the Chief Coordinator of The Peacebuilding Project at UChicago.

Chief Copy Editors

Jonathan Foldi is a third-year majoring in Molecular Engineering. He spent this past summer in Chicago working as a research assistant on the Hospitalist Project, and during the year is on the board of New Americans and is an avid fan of the Washington Nationals.

Alexa Saccone is a fourth-year Psychology major and History minor, interested in political psychology and 20th century history. This past summer, she worked as a marketing intern at Quizlet. On campus, she is involved in UChicago’s marketing club and works as a research assistant for the Cognitive Development Lab.


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