Sanford J. Ungar, Director, The Free Speech Project

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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. 

Will Haskell, Principal Research Assistant

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Will Haskell is the principal researcher for the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University. He has held internships at two Congressional offices, Business Insider, and the Connecticut Public Defender. Will is a member of the Georgetown Chimes, Georgetown University's oldest male a cappella group, and he serves as director of personnel at Hoya Snaxa, a student-run convenience store. A native of Westport, Connecticut, he is majoring in Government and minoring in French. Will graduates from Georgetown University in May 2018.


Graham Piro, Research Assistant

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Graham Piro, a researcher for the Free Speech Project, is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in English and minoring in Journalism and Government. Originally from Westchester County, New York, Graham has served as editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Voice, Georgetown University's bi-weekly news magazine. He spent the summer of 2017 interning at The Hill in Washington, DC and is planning to pursue a career in journalism after graduation in May 2018.


Research Contributors 


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. 

Bridget McElroy is a senior at Georgetown University hailing from New Jersey. She studies classics and journalism and hopes to pursue a career in media after graduation.

Emma Vahey is a sophomore 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.

Jesus Rodriguez is a junior 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.

Gustav Honl-Stuenkel is a sophomore 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.

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.