One of the central drivers of the Journal of Politics & Society‘s success has been the Editorial Board’s vibrant diversity. The editors’ eclectic backgrounds and interests strengthen the Helvidius Group tremendously during the paper selection and vetting processes. Below, you will find the short biographies of the Twenty-Fourth Editorial Board.
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Members of the Helvidius Group
23rd Executive Editorial Board
Ross A. Bruck
Editor in Chief
Ross Bruck is a junior in Columbia College majoring in Financial Economics. He is also the Editor in Chief of the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review and is a contributing writer for the Columbia Political Review. In his free time he enjoys reading, skiing, golfing, and traveling.
Divya Subramanian is a Barnard junior majoring in philosophy and history. She recently interned at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, working on climate-related health risks in sub-Saharan Africa. Among her interests are modern British history, political philosophy, and international monetary regimes. Divya also enjoys chamber music and pick-up soccer games.
Lead Senior Editor
Tehreem Rehman is a junior at Columbia University majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies. Along with helping put the spotlight on vaginas everywhere as an Assistant Producer for the Columbia-Barnard Vagina Monologues production this year, she also recently co-founded the Gates Millennium Scholars Public Service Initiative to provide students here with further opportunities for civic engagement. She is interested in health policy, reproductive rights, and looking at access to healthcare services within urban communities.
Isha is a sophomore who is interested in public policy and international affairs.
Public Relations Director
Ben is a freshman in Columbia College majoring in Economics. He is avid photographer, serial entrepreneur, and Yankee fan.
Patrick is a junior in Columbia College studying Political Science and Sustainable Development. His academic interests include environmental policy, climate change law, American politics, and development economics. He spent the summer working in the environmental policy office of the U.S. Department of State. Patrick is also a senior editor of Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development. He sings in an a cappella group on campus and enjoys bicycling in his spare time.
24th Editorial Board
Speaker Series Coordinator
Austin is a junior at Columbia College, currently working towards a double-major in History and French Literature. On campus, Austin is actively involved in Inside New York, a guidebook for New York City. During his free time, Austin loves to write about food and travel.
Amna Ahmad is a Columbia College junior studying Sociology. She can be found admiring beautiful works of art and architecture or reading JPS submissions over coffee in Brooklyn when she should be studying.
Alex Bedrosyan is a Columbia College senior majoring in political science and concentrating in Russian. Last Spring he studied abroad at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, and this past summer interned at the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies in beautiful Monterey, CA, focusing on efforts to combat illicit nuclear trafficking in ungoverned territories and weak states. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Alex enjoys playing basketball and keeping up with world affairs.
Jonah Smith is a sophomore in Columbia College where he is planning to major in Sociology with a concentration in Statistics. His academic interests center around the role of education in social stratification. In his free time, he enjoys tutoring local middle and high school students and playing jazz (trying, at least!) as often as he can.
Antonia is a freshman in Columbia College, likely majoring in History. She is also interested in American studies, international affairs, and public health.
Rebecca is a Columbia College senior studying environmental chemistry and political science. Specializing in international relations, she is interested in climate change, human rights, and international law. She enjoys playing the piano, meandering through the city, spending too much time in coffee shops, and practicing yoga.
Michael Discenza is a Columbia College junior double majoring in statistics and sociology. At Columbia he also serves as a Resident Advisor, a research assistant in sociology department and an executive board member for the Application Development Initiative, a group for computer programers. His academic interests include economic sociology, quantitative sociology, the built environment, and international trade flows. He also enjoys photography and cycling.
Caroline Park Kim
Subscriber Liaison and Associate Editor
Caroline Park Kim is a junior at Barnard College double majoring in Economics and Political Science. In her free time, she enjoys picnicking, cooking, gardening, knitting, brisk walking, and most other hobbies associated with the elderly.
Manager at Large
Emma is a junior in Columbia College and a Morningside Heights native. She is spending the year abroad at the University of Cambridge, where she is reading history, writing essays, and learning to live outside Manhattan.
Rich Medina is a junior in Columbia College majoring in Economics-Political Science and concentrating in Hispanic Studies. He focuses on International Relations and is interested primarily in security studies and economic development in Africa and Latin America. Outside of class, Rich is active on the college Model UN circuit and is a tour guide with Columbia’s Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. This past summer he worked as an intern in the membership affairs department at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Robert is a sophomore at Columbia College. He plans to major in Econmics-Political Science or History. In addition to academics, Robert loves to watch documentaries and is an avid Yankee fan.
Kyu Seok Andrew Shim
Kyu Seok Andrew Shim is a sophomore at Columbia College majoring in Political Science and History. He hopes to get paid above minimum wage in the future.
Alexander is a junior in the college double majoring in History and Political Science (both of which he will be studying abroad this year at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University). A member of the varsity rowing team, he spends what little spare time he has serving in leadership roles within the CU College Republicans and the Columbia chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, in addition to JPS. His long term interests are in international business law and consultancy.
Sibo Wang is a sophomore in Columbia College studying economics and political science. His academic interests include political economy, international relations, and critical theory. He enjoys discovering new restaurants, reading about current events in the news, and playing the devil’s advocate in late-night discussions with friends.
Evan Welber is a junior in the College studying Political Science and Anthropology. He recently interned at the UN Headquarters, where he translated and edited UN Resolutions and Reports. He speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian. When not unraveling the knot of politics and culture or learning languages, he enjoys composing music and playing flute in the Columbia University Orchestra.
Ved is a freshman in Columbia College planning to major in biology and political science. He also enjoys conducting scientific research and is interested in global health and health policy.
Associate Editor & Subscriber Liason
Leigh Colvin is a sophomore pursuing a major in psychology and a concentration in American history. For the past three years she has interned as a research assistant at The Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College. She is currently involved in Active Minds, a national campaign to promote mental health awareness on college campuses. Leigh enjoys watching movies, skiing, and playing ping pong.
Daniela Quintanilla is a sophomore in Columbia College pursuing a double major in political science and history. Her academic focus is in American politics and the creation of strong public policy, as well as political and social polarization due to mass media; she is also specializing in ancient history and specifically the Roman Republic. She also serves as Finance Director for the Columbia Daily Spectator and is a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. She enjoys playing tennis, exploring the city, and photography.