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Flynn Heegyun Yang

Flynn Heegyun Yang is a student at Chonnam National University in South Korea. He is majoring in Chinese language and literature. He also works as an animator for a computer graphics company and has spent time as an interpreter. Currently, he is a reporter at Korea Creative Content Agency and Gwangju Cultural Foundation.

Garic K. Lawrence

Garic K. Lawrence is the Executive Director of Mattoon (IL) Area P.A.D.S. Homeless Shelter. He has a Master's Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics.

Gary Winter

Gary Winter was a member of OBIE Award winning 13P. His plays have been seen at The Flea, P.S. 122, HERE, The Chocolate Factory, 167 Tongues, defunkt theatre, The Brick, Dixon Place and the Cherry Lane Alternative. He served as Literary Manager of the Flea Theater from 1998-2008, where he still helps organize Pataphysics, workshops for playwrights. In September his play See Dick and Jane Get Ready for School will be performed at Cedar Crest College. He earned his MFA from NYU.

Gay Uganda

I am a Ugandan. Born in Uganda. Grew up in Uganda. Studied in Uganda. An African. I also happen to be gay, and that small fact has come to change my life, and rule my destiny. From the time that I found that I was different, to the time I embraced and then wore with pride my difference. I started to write of my life to vent, something that I could not do in my country. But now, I write to celebrate the life that I have been able to live, as a Ugandan who is gay in Uganda. Read my blog here -

Giacomo Boitani

Giacomo Boitani was awarded a Film Studies PhD in 2012 by the National University of Ireland, Galway for his research on Italian cinema.

Gibson Bateman

Gibson Bateman is an international consultant based in New York City. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). A former Peace Corps volunteer, Bateman has worked for leading NGOs in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia. Most of Gibson's work has focused on infrastructure development, grassroots politics, and human rights.

Grace Kim

Grace Kim immigrated to South Africa with her family at the age of two, and is currently studying at Universiteit Stellenbosch for her MA in English with a focus on marginalized South African narratives. She loves bubbles, likes strawberries, dislikes cigarette smoke, and hates the feeling of nausea. When she’s not going through existential crises about her writing, her drug of choice is poetry and has had some of her work published by local journals and publications. Writing reviews is a new adventure for her. 

J. K. Fowler

J. K. Fowler is an adjunct professor in the sociology and anthropology department at Rutgers University Newark, the founding and managing editor of the nomadic sojourns creative collective based in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY, a full-time editor, and a doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. 

In addition to his work featured on The Mantle, additional selections can be found on his website at 

Jake Perry

Jake Perry is a media-everyman with experience in evaluating, directing, and assessing multiple media campaigns across varied mediums. Also a seasoned researcher and writer specializing in digital media, Jake graduated from The New School University with an MA in International Affairs in January 2010. Currently, Jake spends his time watching social media's steady march while writing and working from his home in upstate New York.

See his other blogs here and here.

James Tate Hill

James Tate Hill is the author of Academy Gothic, winner of the 2014 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel, which will be published in 2015. A graduate of the writing programs at Hollins University and UNC Greensboro, his fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Sonora Review, The South Carolina Review, The Texas Review, and elsewhere. He has been a finalist for the Hudson Prize and the St. Lawrence Book Award. He serves as Reviews Editor for Monkeybicycle. Find him on Twitter @JamesTateHill. 

Jeremy Worthington

Jeremy Worthington is a graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He has held internships in the U.S. House of Representatives and the European Central Bank. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America and speaks fluent French and Spanish. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Jermaine Fletcher

Jermaine Fletcher is a producer and director who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He's the son of Wibly Fletcher Jr, the jazz musician, and has been working with music since age seven. Fletcher studied Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Business Administration at Florida A&M University. Since then, he's worked with CBS, CBS Sports, ESPN, MTV, Bloomberg TV, History Channel, CNN, Discovery Channel, and Military Channel as a freelance producer/contractor. 

Jika González

Jika González is a freelance journalist, photographer and multimedia producer from Mexico City. She is currently pursuing her master's degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Jika has gained experience at Magnum Photos, BizBash Media, Conde Nast Traveler, and CNN's Mexico City bureau. For more information please visit


Jimmie Thomas

Jimmie Thomas is a filmmaker from Tallahassee, Florida. He Studied Broadcast Journalism with a minor Education at Florida A&M University. Since then Thomas has worked at Morris Communications as an account manager, Building Communities Today for Tomorrow as a behavioral specialist, HGTV, the Doni Glover radio show, Fulfilling The Promise, and Da Vision Films as a freelancer producer/contractor.

Joanna Scutts

Joanna Scutts is a literary critic and cultural historian with teaching and research interests in all aspects of modernism. She holds a BA in English from the University of Cambridge, MA from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where her research focused on World War One commemorative practices and their impact on British literary modernism.

Joe Bigley

Joe Bigley is a multi-media visual artist who has shown work in the U.S., Europe, and China. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Alfred University in 2008 and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.  

John Schellhase

John Schellhase is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Philippines. During his twenty-seven month assignment, John taught English and education courses at the University of Antique, led HIV/AIDS prevention seminars, and conducted professional development trainings for Filipino teachers. He received a B.A. with a double-major in English and Classical Studies from the University of Arkansas in 2006. In the fall of 2011, he will begin an M.S. in Global Affairs at New York University.

JoJo Brisendine

JoJo Brisendine is a former student of continental philosophy and a PhD candidate in biochemistry at the City University of New York. His main interest is the application of statistical physics to problems in the organization and evolution of life. More information about his research group may be found here and more of his fledgling efforts as a science writer may be found here. You can follow him on Twitter @VivaMachina.

Jonas Claes

Jonas Claes is senior program specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace's Center for Conflict Management, focusing on conflict prevention and the prevention of mass atrocities.

Jonathan Amid

Jonathan David Amid was born in Israel and moved to South Africa at the age of four. He is currently pursuing a Masters in English Literature at Stellenbosch University.


Josh Linden

Josh is a graduate of James Madison University where he earned a degree in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Communities. After spending his junior year studying at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, Josh moved to Tel Aviv to serve as a volunteer coordinator for Amnesty International’s Israel Section, working to promote awareness of Israel’s less-talked about humanitarian crisis: the influx of African refugees.

Justin Petropoulos

Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, and <Legend>  </Legend> (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Mandorla, Portland Review, and most recently in Spinning Jenny. He has an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University.

Karl Fotovat

Karl Fotovat studies and teaches philosophy and psychoanalysis in New York. He represses literary aspirations, runs a nonprofit prevarication organization for the wealthy, helps young ladies cross the street, and wavers between sardonicism and misanthropy.

Katherine Chen

Katherine J. Chen is a sophomore at Princeton University majoring in English with certificates in Creative Writing and East Asian Studies. She is involved with publications on campus and currently works as a writer and intern for several professional websites and online magazines.


Kavitha Rajagopalan

Kavitha Rajagopalan is the author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West, a narrative nonfiction examination of migration, integration and identity formation in three Muslim immigrant families: a Palestinian family from Jerusalem to London, a Kurdish family from Turkey to Berlin, a Bangladeshi family from Dhaka to New York City. Her research involved policy analysis, in-depth interviews and social immersion, and media monitoring, and took her to Germany, the U.K., the Palestinian Territories, India, Syria, and Turkey.

Kayhan Irani

Kayhan Irani is an Emmy award winning writer, a performer, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer.Through theater, storytelling, and art-making, her work creatively addresses real-world issues and builds spaces for interaction, dialogue, and deeper civic engagement.

Kerem Sengun

Kerem Sengun is a German-Turkish researcher and writer with an interdisciplinary background and omnivorous inclinations. Kerem holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School University in New York. His research and writing interests have centered on the lived experience of socioeconomic transformation as it is affected by dispossession and accumulation.

Larisa Bomlitz

Larisa Bomlitz holds an M.P.H. and an M.A. in International Affairs and currently lives and works in New York city, NY. 

Laura Leigh Abby

Laura Leigh Abby is a writer in New York City where she lives with her wife and their two Pomeranians. She is currently developing her blog, into a wedding resource for lesbian brides. Find her on twitter: @lauraleighabby and read more of her work here. 

Laura Rodríguez Arias

Laura Rodríguez Arias is journalist, focusing on culture, politics and society for numerous online publications. Previously she worked for several print publications in Spain, and brought to fruition a cultural television program. Laura now lives in Uruguay where she is earning her Master’s in Latin American studies.

Laura Scheriau

Laura gained her M.A. in GFL, Linguistics and Comparative Literature Studies, with extra credits in Literary Translation, Prehistoric Archaeology, as well as Polish, Spanish, and Korean Language Studies. She is the translator of "Sins of the Crown" by Aidan Davidson.  Through her work as language specialist, the EU funded "Youth in Action" projects, and her travels she has established strong networks with artists, comedians, playwrights, directors, and musicians all over the world.Laura gained her M.A.

Laura Thies

A native of Germany, Laura has earned her BFA in Musical Theater, a Certificate in Screen Writing, a Certificate in 16mm Film Production, an MA in Media Studies, and an MA in International Affairs. She lives in New York City.

Lauren Young

Lauren Young is currently a research assistant looking at governance and private sector investment in Africa at the Center for Global Development. Lauren joins CGD from Monrovia where she worked for the past year in Liberia facilitating projects related to returnee reintegration as a Grants Manager for the American Refugee Committee. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and honors in International Security Studies.

Leigh Held

Leigh Held is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication. During her time in Boston she worked as a nighthawk on the Boston Globe’s sports desk and for CFO magazine. She began writing her first novel as a senior in college, and is now working on the second. Currently, she freelances her work can be also be found at 

Leila Seth

Leila is a former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and the author of a memoir, On Balance.

Leslie Hodgkins

Leslie Hodgkins is a writer, editor, and filmmaker who views the creation of work across different media as interchangeable according to needs and circumstances. Materials, ideas, language, narratives, technologies, and actions are all particularized to complex machinations and are often repeated through whatever forms are desired or accessible.

Lisa Allen

Lisa M. Allen holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She is currently enrolled in the Terrorism Studies Certificate Program through the University of St. Andrews, and is a Terrorism Blogger for the Foreign Policy Association. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Guáqueta

Lisa Guáqueta studied economics at Universidad Externado de Colombia and holds a master's degree in international affairs from The New School. Her interests include the urban dynamics of Latin America, especially the role of cities and local governments in international issues. She is both fascinated by and fearful of boarded up windows and doors, and, for some strange reason, takes many photos of abandonded industrial structures.

Lisa McKeown

Lisa is a PhD student at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She earned her B.A. (Hon) from the University of Toronto, and an MSc in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. Her interests hover around the intersections of ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of language. She’s currently writing a dissertation on feminism and speech-act theory, and teaches philosophy at New School University. She lives in Toronto and New York City.

Lucía Madriz

Born in Costa Rica, Lucía lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany. Her production comprises painting, video, and installation. Lucía studied painting at the Universidad de Costa Rica (1995-2000) and she was awarded with the DAAD (German Service for Academic Exchange) Artist’s Scholarship to study Media Art in the Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe- Germany (2003-4).

Luis Perez Garcia

Luis Perez Garcia, aka "Luiki" is a Mexican comedian / actor, who was raised in Monterrey, Mexico and Chicago, USA. He started comedy at the age of 27 and acted in various plays since 2001. In June 2013, Luiki started the stand-up comedy scene in Monterrey, Mexico, opening and hosting the first event of it's kind at the bar "La Charranda." He now performs as stand-up comedian on a regular basis in the Escoces Pub in the Barrio Antiguo in Monterrey, Mexico, and holds workshops for comedy newcomers.

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor, lives in New York. He has been published in several outlets, including,, and The Nation's website. He writes about America and Islam on his website, Crossing the Crescent.

M.C. Armstrong

M.C. Armstrong was recently embedded with JSOF in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He published extensively on the Iraq war through The Winchester Star. Armstrong is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Monkey Bicycle, Epiphany, The Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies. He is the guitarist and lead singer for Viva la Muerte. You can follow him on Twitter @mrvivalamuerte.

Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya is one of Afghanistan’s leading democracy activists. In 2005, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Afghan parliament. She was suspended in 2007 for her denunciation of warlords and their cronies in government. She has just written her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Woman Who Dared to Speak Out (Scribner, 2009). Visit her personal website here.

Margaret Benison

Margaret Benison is Ukrainian by birth, Lebanese by force, a daydreaming dweller, a relentless writer, an eloquent speaker of five languages, an annoying perfectionist, an occasional pianist, an aspiring world traveler, and a pet lover. Benison has a BBA and a creative writing degree; her work has appeared in several fiction and nonfiction journals. She's currently polishing her first novel and writing a second one. You can read more at her personal website and follow her on Twitter. 

Maria F. Loya

María Fernanda Loya is a Mexican post-graduate student in Barcelona. She specializes in social politics and community mediation.

Marianna Gurtovnik

Marianna Gurtovnik's interests lie in foreign policy, international security, and energy security. She has written on these topics for World Politics Review, Transitions Online, and the Congressionally-funded Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). For PNSR, she completed research studies on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Government's response to the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and the Suez Canal Crisis (1956). She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC.

Marianne LeNabat

Marianne LeNabat is a doctoral fellow in philosophy by day, and adventurer of New York by night, and a class struggle anarchist at heart.


Marie Mainil

Marie is a political scientist/analyst and organizer/strategist, peace-builder and facilitator trained in international criminal law, and social entre/intrapreneur. She currently consults for organizations such as The Peace Alliance, The Amani Institute, The New Organizing Institute, and The Open Society Foundation, as well as for a range of individuals (in the public, private, and non-profit sectors) seeking professional and creative/innovative organizational development in the fields of international development, foreign affairs, and social change in general.

Marina Iordan

Marina Iordan is a freelance writer, editor, and art consultant based in the United Arab Emirates. She regularly contributes to a number of publications, which all have Middle Eastern culture as common thread. Her most recent publications include Aesthetica Magazine, Global Citizen Magazine, and Buro 24/7 Middle East. In her blog, she explores the art scene in and out of Dubai, focusing on contemporary art from the Middle East and Arab world. Follow her on Twitter @myVelvetinstant.

Marion Arnaud

Marion Arnaud is Project Officer at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP). The Coalition, launched in January 2009, is hosted by the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). Currently composed of 16 organizations from all regions of the world, the Coalition works to advance RtoP at the international, regional and national levels. 

Mariya Yefremova

Mariya Yefremova is a dual citizen of Russia and the United States. She received two Bachelor degrees from Hunter College (New York City) in Political Science and English Literature. After working for an environmental organization recruiting volunteers and teaching people how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, she receieved a Master of Human Rights degree from Central European University (Budapest). Mariya is now studying Human Rights and Humanitarian Action in Sciences Po Paris and teaching French students English. In her free time, Mariya blogs for the Huffington Post.

Martin Searle

Martin Searle graduated with a B.A. in European Social and Political Studies from University College London. He subsequently worked for an international risk management company, and then on a campaign for the European Election held in 2009. He is now a graduate student of International Affairs at the New School.

Mary Refling

Mary K. Refling completed her Ph.D. in Italian at Columbia University and teaches as an adjunct professor at Pace University. 

Matthew Young

Matthew Young is a DJ, artist, and designer. Spinning records since 1993, he is an avid collector of soulful music from around the globe. With DJ sets ranging from house music in Washington, DC to reggae in Shanghai, he is currently active in the nightlife scene in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Matthew is called Chewie by his mates, DJ Chew Rocks by clubgoers, and Madhav by his in-laws.

Max Currier

Max Currier is a recent graduate of Hamilton College, where he wrote his senior thesis on economic development in post-war Iraq.

Max Weintraub

Max Weintraub received his Ph.D. in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2006, where he completed his dissertation on the art of Bruce Nauman. Max has worked in curatorial and educational departments at the Denver Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. From 2006-08 he was the curator of The Reis Collection of Modern & Contemporary Art in New York City.

Maximillian Ashwill

Maximillian Ashwill is a DC-based writer and specialist in many themes related to international affairs. He has published dozens of articles for journals, blogs, and books. Prior to completing his Master’s degree at The New School in New York, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and lived for over a half of decade in other developing countries, especially in Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2008, Maximillian has worked with the World Bank.

Meg Beach-Hacking

Meg Beach-Hacking holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. A self-described “citizen of the world,” her youth was spent cultivating irreplaceable life experiences in Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, and South America. An amateur psychoanalyst, she explores the interactions of characters in film and how the character’s own psychological development affects his or her interpersonal relationships.

Michael J. Jordan

Michael J. Jordan is a foreign correspondent and journalism teacher-trainer now based in southern Africa. Over the past 20 years, Jordan has reported from 30 countries, mostly across post-Communist Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. He was first based in Hungary, then the United Nations, then in Slovakia, and today, in Lesotho – reporting for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Global Post, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, and many others. He is currently producing a documentary film on racial healing in post-Apartheid South Africa, called The Clubhouse.