Sanford J. Ungar, Director, The Free Speech Project

Sanford Ungar headshot

Sanford J. Ungar, president emeritus of Goucher College, is director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University. He has been director of the 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 an AB 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.

Grace Aldridge Foster, Project Manager/Editor

Grace Aldridge FosterGrace Aldridge Foster is project manager and editor of the Free Speech Project. A recent graduate of Georgetown’s English M.A. program, Grace previously worked as a graduate writing associate in the English department, as lead instructor for the university’s Dissertation Boot Camp, and as coordinator of the Writing Center. She builds on her graduate research about post-9/11 war films by maintaining a blog, Tell Me a True War Story, where she posts interviews with young military veterans, and she teaches workshops on concise writing to the Special Operations military community. Grace earned her BA in English summa cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, where she worked as an admissions counselor and writing center director. 


Research Contributors 


Jesus Rodriguez is a senior in the School of Foreign Service studying international politics. A first-generation student from Orlando, Florida, Jesus has served as an editor and writer for The Hoya and as an editorial intern for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Emma Vahey is a junior Government major at Georgetown University, originally from Fairfield, CT. She is passionate about supporting diversity of thought and opinion on her campus, which she does as an Associate Board Member of the Lecture Fund.

Gustav Honl-Stuenkel is a junior at Georgetown University studying Government and Philosophy, originally from Minneapolis, MN. He works 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.

Maya Gandhi is a junior in the School of Foreign Service studying international history. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she has worked for The Hoya throughout her time at Georgetown, previously serving as an executive editor.

Denna Nazem is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Originally from the Bay Area, California, she is vice president of external affairs for the Georgetown Lecture Fund and is passionate about Free Speech on and off college campuses. 

Will Haskell, a 2018 graduate of Georgetown University with a major in Government and a minor in French, was the principal research assistant for the Free Speech Project during its first year. He is a candidate for the Connecticut State Senate.

Graham Piro graduated from Georgetown University in 2018. During his time at Georgetown, he was editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Voice, and is now pursuing journalism. 

Bridget McElroy is a member of the Georgetown College Class of 2018. At Georgetown, she studied classics and journalism, while writing for the school newspaper, The Hoya. After graduation, Bridget returned home to New Jersey in hopes of beginning a career in TV production in New York City.

Adelina Lancianese (@AdLancianese) is a 2017 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a 2017-2018 Kroc fellow at NPR.

Chris Castano 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 Professor Sanford Ungar. 

Jack Lynch is 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 politics.