Past Contributors

ROBERT ARJET
Robert Arjet (MPAff ’17) holds a Ph.D. from Emory’s Institute of the Liberal Arts, where he studied violence in American culture. His focus at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he focuses on criminal justice, poverty and social inequality.

DRAKE BAGLIETTO

JONAH BHIDE
Jonah Bhide (MGPS ’20) is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy whose LBJ School studies focused on international relations and national security policy. After completing his master’s program, he went through pilot training.

CLAIRE BURRUS (MPAff ’20)

LEO CARTER (MGPS ’16)

MARCELLE COHEN (MGPS ’16)

CATHERINE COUSAR
Catherine Cousar (MGPS ’17) specialized in international development at the LBJ School. She also writes about policy at her blog, Policy Chick.

RYAN DUFFY
Ryan Duffy (MGPS ’19) is interested in national security, energy and the environment and technology, and he also enjoys writing on the side. He graduated with a degree in international studies and political science from Boston College in 2016. He is a Texas native but has lived in Boston, Washington DC, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

MARCOS DURAN
Marcos Duran (MPAff ’17) previously worked as a juvenile probation officer for Travis County, and is a past editor of The Baines Report. In 2010, he received his B.A. in psychology with a minor in philosophy from Southwestern University.

MAYA EFRATI
Maya Efrati graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, earning both her J.D. and her M.P.P from the Ford School of Public Policy in May 2016. She is currently a legal fellow with FairVote, where she works on issues related to fair representation and election law.

CHARLOTTE GORMAN
Charlotte Gorman (MGPS ’20) served as podcast editor and global writer for The Baines Report. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2016 with degrees in international relations and modern history. She has previously held internships at the Middle East Institute and the U.S. House of Representatives. She has been studying Arabic since the experience she had living abroad in Rabat, Morocco, in 2014. Her studies focused on U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy with a particular interest in conflict negotiation.

PATRICIA HART
Patricia Hart (MPAff ’19) was a dual degree student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business. Before graduate school, she was a policy analyst at the think tank New America, where she provided research and analysis on the relationship between work and wealth, developments in tax policy, and financial inclusion in the developing world. Prior to New America, she worked for FairVote, a research and advocacy group focused on structural electoral reform. Her hobbies include tacos and beer.

BENJAMIN HIRSCH (MPAff ’17)

ISABEL HOVEY (MGPS ’16)

SALIMAH JASANI
Prior to LBJ, Salimah Jasani (MPAff-DC ’19) taught special education English at the high school level for four years in Baltimore. She is the co-founder and co-host of the “Point of Hue” podcast, which seeks to amplify the voices of women of color creating positive social change. Her policy interests are in K-12 education policy and disability advocacy.

CONNER JOYCE
Conner Joyce (MPAff ’20) focused on intelligence and international security at the LBJ School. He interned with the Department of State’s Bureau of Near East Affairs and the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar.

DANNY KHALIL
Danny Khalil (MPAff ’16) specialized in the study of social and economic policy at the LBJ School. He graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with his Bachelor of Arts in political science and anthropology in 2014.

CONOR LAING
Conor R. Laing (MPAff ’16) is a former associate policy analyst at Consumers Union, where he works on health care reform. At the LBJ School, he studied economic, environmental and higher education policy.

JESSE LIBRA (MGPS ’15) and NATALIE BALLEW (MPAff ’15)

NOELLE LONDON (MGPS ’15), JAMIE OLSON (MGPS ’15), AMELIA PITTMAN (MGPS ’15) and ANDREW UHLER (MGPS ’14)

ALISON MCGUIGAN
Ali McGuigan (MGPS-DC ’17) focused on the role of international institutions in conflict zones and aid delivery. Prior to attending to the LBJ School, she received her bachelor’s in political science and international relations from Texas Christian University. While earning her undergraduate degree, she worked at Dream Outside the Box, a nonprofit designed to propel children in underserved communities to higher education through career-centered programming led by college student volunteers.

TIMOTHY MICHALAK
Timothy J. Michalak (MPAff-DC ’19) graduated from Fitchburg State University with a bachelor of arts in history education, and he is interested in equal opportunity policy, particularly at the intersection of urban housing policy, poverty and education. Prior to graduate school, Michalak worked as a high school social studies teacher in a Title I school and as a program supervisor for the federal Upward Bound program.

BRENT PERDUE
Brent Perdue (MPAff ’17) earned dual master degrees in public affairs and community and regional planning. As a Crook Fellow, he worked with a solid waste management nonprofit in an informal settlement located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a director of a solid waste management nonprofit in Austin, Texas. He holds a B.A. in history and government from The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in the relationships between cities, consumption and integrated solid waste management.

BOBAK REIHANI
Bobak Reihani (MPAff ’17) holds a B.A. in history and government from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, he lived in Haifa, Israel, for three and a half years, where he assisted with records management at the Baha’i World Center and in Vladivostok, Russia, for two years where he worked as an English teacher at the Far Eastern Federal University.

KELSEY RITCHIE
Kelsey Ritchie (MGPS ’19) is interested in the intersection of nationals security and international religious freedom. She served as the graduate assistant at the Clements Center for National Security, and was the head writer of the global section for The Baines Report.

DELFINA ROSSI
Delfina Rossi (MPAff ’16) studied economics in Barcelona and Florence. She is formerly co-spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens (2010-11) and she has been working as a policy adviser in the European Parliament for Green MEP Raül Romeva (2011-14).

LORETTA TAYLOR
Loretta Taylor (MPAff ’16) has a background in Latin American Studies, and is interested in afrolatinidad and race relations in Latin America.

FRANCOISE VAN KEUREN
Francoise Van Keuren (MGPS ’16) focused at the LBJ School on international development and economic policy.

MARY VO
Mary Vo (MGPS ’17) is a transportation supervisor with the City of Austin.