Contributor Bios

Sanford J. Ungar

Director, Free Speech Project

Sanford J. Ungar, president emeritus of Goucher College, is director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University. He has been director of Voice of America and dean of the School of Communication at American University. During his journalism career, he was a staff writer for The Washington Post, Washington editor of The Atlantic, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, and co-host of “All Things Considered” on NPR. He is the author or editor of six nonfiction books, including The Papers & The Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle over the Pentagon Papers. Ungar earned a bachelor’s in government magna cum laude from Harvard College and a master’s degree in international history from the London School of Economics. He teaches undergraduate seminars on Free Speech at both Georgetown University and Harvard College.

Contact: sju5@georgetown.edu

John McCabe

Program Manager/Editor

John McCabe is the program manager and editor of the Free Speech Project. Before joining FSP, John worked as a freelance reporter for Science|Business and as a writer in the entertainment industry. He earned his bachelor’s in Writing for Film and Television (minor in Political Science) from Emerson College.

Contact: jm3479@georgetown.edu

Research Contributors

 

Caroline Coggan ’23 is studying chemistry and linguistics, and is the copy editor for the Free Speech Project. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she is an editor at The Hoya and has been a state chair for Georgetown’s admissions ambassador program.

Ryan Finster ‘26 is an international politics major and pursuing a minor in journalism. Originally from St. Petersburg, he is a writer and editor for The Caravel, as well as a member of the swim club.

Rachel Gurevich ‘26 is majoring in international politics and minoring in journalism. She is from East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a writer for The Caravel and is a member of the club boxing team.

Annie Kane ‘24 is an American Studies major and is minoring in journalism and Chinese. She is from Wilmington, North Carolina and is a deputy news editor for The Hoya, as well as an intern for the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative.

Ryan Knapick ‘24 is majoring in international politics and minoring in German. He is from Sammamish, Washington, and is also a writer for The Caravel.

Lexi Nelson ’23 is a government major and journalism minor from Newton, Massachusetts. She is a writer for The Hoya and is on the club field hockey team.

Andrew Parry (COL ’22, SCS ’24) completed a government major and sociology minor in 2022 and is now pursuing a master’s in journalism. He is originally from Nantucket, Massachusetts, and sings for the Georgetown Chimes a cappella group.

Logan Richman ‘25 is majoring in international politics and is pursuing a graduate certificate in diplomatic studies. He is the principal research assistant for the Free Speech Project, and also plays the jazz trombone.

Gabriel Salazar-Morón ’25 is majoring in Business and Global Affairs and is originally from Washington D.C. He is interested in the intersection between international politics and technology, and also is a DJ.

Liza Smaliak ‘25 is a science, technology, and international affairs major. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the club tennis team.

Jacob Sowers ’23 is a government major and is also pursuing minors in journalism and psychology. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and is interested in American law, foreign policy, immigration, and labor.

Julia Swerdin ‘26 is an English major and pursuing minors in philosophy and Jewish civilization. She is from Long Island, New York, and is also a deputy in the Georgetown University American Civil Liberties Union.

Past Contributors

 

Khoury Johnson served as project manager and editor of the Free Speech Project from January 2018 – July 2021.

Grace Aldridge Foster served as project manager and editor of the Free Speech Project during its first year. A graduate of Georgetown’s English master’s program, Grace now works as a writing consultant in the DMV area.

Chris Castano ’16 is a journalist in Washington, D.C., and a former Georgetown Hoya. As a student, Chris was an editor at the Georgetown Voice, a member of the Capitol Gs a cappella group, and a research assistant under Sanford Ungar.

Kiara Chiddick ’22 studied international politics with a concentration in international law, institution, and ethics with a minor in theology. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Kiara was the women’s rugby president and director of purchasing for Hoya Snaxa.

Grace Chisholm ’22 majored in government and minored in Spanish and religion, ethics, and world affairs. Originally from Fairway, Kansas, Grace was an associate board member of the Georgetown University Lecture Fund and is interested in public policy and law focused on advocacy.

Jack Churchill ’21 majored in science, technology and international affairs. In addition to free speech issues, Jack is interested in human rights, food security, and Latin America.

Will Cromarty ’21 majored in government and history with a minor in journalism. He’s a proud New Jerseyan, who’s passionate about civic engagement and finding solutions for the future.

Rose Dallimore ’22 majored in international politics with a minor in theology. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, she served as the editor of Free Speech Today, the project’s periodic newsletter. Rose has also worked as a teacher and playwriting fellow outside of the Free Speech Project.

Erin Doherty ’20 served as principal research assistant for the Free Speech Project during AY 2019-2020. She graduated from the College at Georgetown with a major in government. A native Washingtonian, Erin served as a reporter for her high school newspaper. She has since been a political data reporting intern at FiveThirtyEight, the editorial intern at Bethesda Magazine, and the senior news editor for The Hoya.

Max Dunat ’22, originally from Brooklyn, New York, majored in international politics. Max was an editor for The Caravel and has interned at Reason magazine.

Madelin Finn ’21 graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a major in Culture and Politics; she has contributed to The Hoya and led backpacking trips as an Outdoor Education guide. In addition to Free Speech, Madelin is passionate about cultural property and legal philosophy issues.

Maya Gandhi ’20 served as principal research assistant for the project during summer 2019, and later as engagement coordinator. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Maya is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and was editor-in-chief of Georgetown’s student-run newspaper, The Hoya. After stints at Foreign Policy and NPR, Maya is now a student at Georgetown Law.

Clara Grudberg ’23 is majoring in history with a journalism minor. From New York, NY, Clara was formerly executive editor of The Hoya, having previously served as news editor.

Will Haskell ’18 was the first principal research assistant for the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University. Will graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2018. He was subsequently elected to the Connecticut Senate and currently serves as the Senate chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee.

Katie Hawkinson ’23 is majoring in history. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Katie has done previous work on the historical relationship between Free Speech and labor unions in Washington State.

Gustav Honl-Stuenkel ’20 is a graduate of Georgetown University who studied government and philosophy, originally from Minneapolis. He worked as a writing consultant in Georgetown’s Writing Center and is interested in the ways that traditional political concepts, especially Free Speech, evolve in modern politics.

Jack Horrigan ’21 majored in international politics with a concentration in international security. Originally from Simsbury, Connecticut, Jack is interested in Middle Eastern politics and energy policy.

Sarah Keisler ‘22 majored in science, technology, and international affairs and minored in Journalism. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Sarah was also an editor at The Caravel.

Catriona Kendall ’19 is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she studied culture and politics with a particular focus on how we use language. She is originally from New Jersey and spent the majority of her undergraduate career working for The Hoya, where she served as copy chief and managing editor.

Adelina Lancianese ’17 is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and was a 2017-18 Kroc fellow at NPR, where she now works as a production assistant.

Julianne Licamele ’21 majored in psychology and justice and peace studies with a concentration in justice in the media. Originally from Easton, Connecticut, Julianne helped start Georgetown’s on-campus food pantry and is interested in the intersection of policy, media, and social justice.

Jack Lynch ’18 was a member of the Georgetown College Class of 2018 and a government major. He was formerly a writer for The Hoya and a member of its editorial board and now works in Washington, D.C., at a political messaging firm.

Elizabeth Marcinkowski ’21 majored in culture and politics with an emphasis on environmental justice and a minor in journalism. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Elizabeth was also a design editor for The Hoya and helped to produce Georgetown’s Wealth of Nature podcast.

Bridget McElroy ’18, originally from New Jersey, studied classics and journalism while at Georgetown and is now working in the travel industry.

Meredith Miller ’22 majored in culture and politics with a focus on media and international affairs. In addition to her work with the Free Speech project, Meredith managed communications for Georgetown’s Center for Latin American Studies, and has previously worked in political fundraising in her home state of Maryland.

Jaime Moore-Carrillo ’22 served as the principal researcher at the Free Speech Project from 2019–2022. Jaime majored in international politics and minored in history and Arabic. Originally from Boston, Jaime worked as a senior news editor at The Hoya.

Denna Nazem ’20 is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where she majored in science, technology, and international affairs. Originally from the Bay Area of California, she is vice president of external affairs for the Georgetown Lecture Fund.

Graham Piro ’18 currently works as a media analyst for The Washington Free Beacon, and his reporting has been published in National Review, The College Fix, and The Detroit News.

Kevin Pollack ’21 majored in international politics and minoring in music. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Kevin is interested in race relations, foreign policy, and the intersection of culture and politics. 

Michelle Renslo ’22 majored in English and minored in both computer science and film and media studies. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Michelle has a distinct interest in Free Speech issues pertaining to entertainment and technology.

Jesus Rodriguez ’19 served as principal research assistant during AY 2018-19. From Orlando by way of Venezuela, he graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 2019 with a major in international politics. He interned for the Council on Foreign Relations, and his work has appeared in The Hill and Politico. He is now a student at Georgetown Law.

Aditya Sehgal ’24 is studying international politics and philosophy. Originally from Long Island, Aditya founded Genius In Need, a non-profit focusing on global education, and is interested in the nuances of social thought, especially when concerning Free Speech.

Emily Shambaugh ’22 studied science, technology and international affairs with a concentration in global health and biotechnology. Beginning in March 2020, Emily worked with the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security on a project to track legal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cade Spencer ’25 seeks to major in Government and English with a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. For the Free Speech Project, he conducted research under the Race and Identity beat. Prior to his work at the project, Cade served with the Student Press Law Center, New Voices Texas, and Pen America.

Connor Thomas ’22 majored in American studies and philosophy. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, he served as both city news desk editor and senior news editor at The Hoya. In addition to contributing to the Free Speech Tracker, Connor wrote and produced Speaking Freely’s podcast series on the state of Free Speech during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Emma Vahey ’20, originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, studied government at Georgetown. She served as an associate board member of the Lecture Fund.