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Executive Board of the

Columbia Journal of Politics & Society


Senior Editors

Executive Board Emeriti

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Ariella Mitchel


Ariella Mitchell is a Senior studying American Studies and Jewish Ethics. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and is interested in the intersectionality between Jewish philosophy and American law. In the future, Ariella hopes to practice criminal law. Outside of her academic pursuits, she likes to go on long walks in the City and listen to podcasts. She also loves coffee, running, and reading.


Sophie Hanin


Sophie Hanin is a Senior in the joint program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia School of General Studies, at each respectively studying Jewish Texts and Sustainable Development. Sophie began working at the Journal her first semester at Columbia and has worked on editing many fascinating published papers. In her free time, Sophie enjoys trying new restaurants around the city, working on various arts and crafts projects, and trying to learn new skills. 


Samuel Braun

Lead Senior Editor

Samuel Braun (he/him) is a Senior at Columbia College studying Computer Science and History. His academics focus on computer science applications and the role of technology in twentieth-century U.S.-East Asian relations. Originally from New Jersey, Samuel often visits the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Amsterdam Avenue and creates fun DALL-E-generated photos. Samuel served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of JPS in the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Madelyn Elisondo

Business Director

Madelyn is a Barnard American Studies major with an interdisciplinary concentration on race and ethnicity (ICORE). Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she draws from the vibrant Tejano culture of her hometown, which sparked her passion for cultural studies. Her academic interests include colonial history, critical carceral studies, and social and archival theory. Outside of JPS, they are involved in on-campus organizations such as Postcrypt Coffeehouse and WKCR.


Jaehee Cho

Co-Editor-in-Chief, 2022-2023

Jaehee Cho (he/him) graduated from Columbia College majoring in Economics-Political Science. He is deeply passionate about interdisciplinary studies and their application to public policy. He previously interned at American Express, where he helped develop the company’s resolution plan submission to the Federal Reserve and FDIC, and at The Refuge pNan, a refugee aid NGO in South Korea. In his free time, Jaehee enjoys watching films, building second-hand computers, and playing pick-up basketball.


Susan Li

Lead Senior Editor, 2022-2023

Susan Li was the Lead Senior Editor of JPS, bringing her expertise in political science to her role. With her degree in political science, Susan is well-equipped to guide the selection and review process of manuscripts, ensuring that the journal publishes the best undergraduate research in the social sciences. Committed to promoting inclusivity and accessibility in academic publishing, Susan takes pride in making JPS a welcoming platform for all undergraduate researchers.


Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson (she/they) is a junior at Barnard majoring in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in History. She is also very passionate about reproductive justice, as a lead organizer at the New York Reproductive Justice Collective, a youth activist with Abortion Out Loud, and a trained abortion doula. Sydney also enjoys helping out with plays, particularly with costumes, and in her free-time, she crochets, makes jewelry and watches shows (…sometimes reality TV) with friends.


Ian Pumphrey

Ian Pumphrey is a sophomore in Columbia College, studying Political Science on the Pre-Law track. Ian began working at the Journal during the 2023 summer program, leading a team of eager freshman writers. In his free time, Ian enjoys going on walks in Central Park, listening to new music at the WKCR radio station, and watching different kinds of movies. 

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Esther Park

Esther Park is a rising Junior at Barnard College pursuing a Political Science and Religion double major. She started her work with JPS during the summer session as a Senior Editor, leading alongside her peers to produce a summer publication of the journal. On her off time, Esther expends too much time on to discover which movie she will be catching next.


Bea Wingfield

Bea Wingfield is a rising Junior at Barnard College studying History with a Computer Science minor. She first joined JPS during the summer publishing program, collaboratively leading a team of associate editors. When she’s not editing JPS docs, Bea can typically be found editing at the Columbia Journal of History, running, or making atrocious latte art at her barista job.

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