2020–21 Contributors

The Baines Report could not complete its mission without the many contributors dedicated to putting policy in perspective!

Drayton Cullen is a first-year Master of Global Policy Studies student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs with a focus on global governance from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Samford University in 2020 with a B.A. in history and classics. He is interested in the intersection of historical understanding and policy decision-making.

Joseph Flores is a Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the LBJ School, where he focuses on migration, governance and development. He is a former Franklin H. Williams Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, and currently co-leads the Data4Development team at the Innovations for Peace and Development Lab at UT. His interests focus on governance responses to migration flows, particularly in Latin America, as well as issues of foreign policy, racial justice and domestic politics. He is a San Antonio native and his go-to breakfast tacos are migas, carne guisada and barbacoa (with plenty of salsa verde).

Sara Hutchinson is a Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School focusing on social policy and gender. Her research interests include reproductive justice, social movements and income inequality.

Emma Israel is a second-year Master of Public Affairs candidate. Prior to graduate school, she spent four years working in immigration legal aid. That work led her to LBJ, where she focuses on immigration and migration policy.

James Mismash is a senior majoring in government and history in the Liberal Arts Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Focused on budget and policy work, he has contributed to legislative research throughout the Texas government, from the Speaker’s Office to the Legislative Budget Board and, most recently, the Office of the Governor. Mismash also takes a leadership role in executing the Reagan National Defense Forum, where he has found his own passion for defense policy by working with national security experts. He currently interns for defense scholar Mackenzie Eaglen at the American Enterprise Institute. He is most interested in maximizing the effectiveness of defense spending and working to retain America’s position as a formidable force for democracy across the globe.

Nina Nomura is a Master of Global Policy Studies student at the LBJ School. She focuses on food security, political instability, conflict resolution and the roles of international organizations. She graduated from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Hyogo, Japan) with a B.A. in linguistics and education.

Ana Gabrielle Perez is a second-year LBJ student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs. Her background in community health inspired her interest in issues of social equity and economic justice, the policy areas she will pursue after graduation.

Nicholas Romanow is a fourth-year international relations major at The University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. His academic interests are in American foreign policy, China studies, democracy, human rights and alliances. He was previously a foreign and defense policy intern at the American Enterprise Institute and has published writing in The Bulwark, the Texas Tribune, and the Dallas Morning News. He is currently conducting his honors thesis project on NATO’s potential response to the emergence of China as a global power. Originally born in Canada, he naturalized as an American citizen earlier this year and hopes to commission as a U.S. Naval Officer upon graduation.

Ardian Shaholli is a first-year public affairs student with a focus on state and local government from Austin, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2019 with a B.A. in government and sociology. He has been involved in policy research and advocacy with multiple nonprofits.

Taryn Woody is the editor in chief of The Baines Report and is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. In her year at the LBJ-Austin campus, she worked as the graduate research assistant for the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas. Now in DC, she works as a special assistant at the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee.