Our Editorial Board

Alissa Lopez - 29 posts

Alissa López is a junior at Gettysburg College studying political science. Feel free to check out her blog: http://alissanlopez.wixsite.com/elephantintheroom. You can also follow her on Twitter, at @a_nlopez. Alissa currently serves as Assistant Editor for Content.

David Giffin - 74 posts

David Giffin (@D_Giffin) is a recent graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, and also holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been with TheCollegeConservative since early 2012, and currently serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief. In addition to writing and editing for TCC, David has also written as an op-ed contributor for The Emory Wheel student newspaper, and served as the Candler legislative representative for the Emory Graduate Student Government Association. More recently, David served as the President of the Wake Forest Law chapter of the Federalist Society.

Elizabeth "Bit" Marcello - 60 posts

Elizabeth "Bit" Marcello is our Deputy Editor-In-Chief. She recently graduated from the College of William & Mary with degrees in both Government and Psychology. Bit is currently pursuing an M.S. in Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. Originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia, Elizabeth has interned for various political campaigns and offices. She is a lover of coffee, a good joke, and guns. Follow her on Twitter @BitMarcello for your daily dose of politics and humor!

Reid Hansen - 23 posts

Reid Hansen serves as a member of The College Conservative's editorial board and is a Missouri Conservative with a dedication to traditional values. He has served the Missouri Republican Party for the last 3 years and believes whole-heartedly in the Conservative movement.

Sam Leanza - 114 posts

Sam Leanza is a recent graduate of Concordia University, Irvine where she earned a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Thought with emphases in Theology and Philosophy. As an Orange County native, Sam competitively swam for nearly 10 years in addition to her heavy class loads and volunteer work in local city governments. She loves reading, coffee, tweeting (@snleanza) and all things Christmas!

Treston Wheat - 48 posts

Treston Wheat (@Talleyrand89) is a devoted Henry Kissinger fan and believer in realpolitik. He has a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is getting his PhD in International Relations and American Government at UTK. He is a hawkish communitarian, Machiavellian, and policy wonk extraordinaire. Also, a sporadic misanthrope and jeremiad. Beware of acerbic and mordant wit.

Zachary Freeman - 22 posts

Zachary Freeman is the Publisher and CEO at TheCollegeConservative.com. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief from 2011-2016. He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and studied at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Liberty University, and Fort Hays State University (KS). He currently lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

Our Contributors

Abigail Hirn - 1 post

Abigail is a political science major at the University of Central Florida, where she is heavily involved with the UCF College Republicans.

Alan Lencz - 47 posts

Alan Lencz is a political science student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is also pursuing a bachelor's in Talmudic Law at Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He was a participant in a Tikvah Fund seminar, and has been involved in fundraising efforts for local charities. He enjoys reading, learning, and shmoozing. Alan is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.

Alex Christy - 125 posts

Alex Christy is currently a senior at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He is majoring in political science, specializing in International Relations, and has an interest in American history. Alex Christy is a native of Everett, Washington.

Alex Montgomery - 5 posts

Alex Montgomery is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he primarily studies English literature and politics. He is also an associate editor for UNC’s only journal of conservative thought, The Carolina Review, which aims to vocalize conservatism in a way that reaches students. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Alex has spent time in the conservative movement as an intern for Young America’s Foundation and as a local volunteer and student-group leader. When taking a break from politics, he enjoys reading classic literature, listening to the music of German composers, keeping up with the news, and spending time with his family.

Andrew Baker - 1 post

Andrew Baker (@andrew_w_baker) is a senior at Oakland University studying Political Science. Andrew is the President of the Oakland University College Republicans and an active volunteer for the Michigan Republican Party.

Bethany Bowra - 17 posts

Bethany Bowra is a political science student at Florida Atlantic University. She began writing at age fourteen and since then has written for various national news websites, as well as spoken at events like CPAC and True the Vote Summit. She has appeared on national television shows such as Dana on TheBlazeTV and radio programs such as NRA News and The Dana Show, and has interviewed figures such as Speaker John Boehner and Senator Mike Lee. Bethany currently lives in South Florida.

Bear Smith - 11 posts

Bear Smith (@realbearsmith) is a Senior Political Science and Criminal Justice double major at California Lutheran University, where he is also pursuing a Philosophy minor. He is a Legislative Affairs Intern for USAID and has spent his summers interning in the District Office of Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39). He has also spent time at the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis. On campus, he is the president of College Republicans, plays right tackle for the Kingsmen Football Team, and is the Southern & Central California Chair for Youth for Johnson/Weld.

Chaim Starkey - 17 posts

Chaim Starkey is an Information Systems major at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. For the past three years he has served as a marketing and website consultant for RE/MAX. He served as an American delegate for the first annual State Department Creative Minds Summit in Dublin, Ireland in order to promote collaboration between future American, Northern Irish, and Irish entrepreneurs.

Cody Hawkins - 2 posts

Cody Hawkins is a senior at The Ohio State University, where he is pursuing a degree in Education, and is a proud member of The Ohio State Marching Band. He is very interested in politics and public policy, and currently holds an internship at the Ohio House of Representatives. You can reach out to him on Twitter (@hawk4754) or e-mail (chawkins4754@gmail.com)

Chris Beyer - 11 posts

Chris Beyer is a Political Communications major at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Chris is the Chair of the MSU College Republicans and Legislative Director of the Missouri College Republicans, and committeeman for the Osage County Republican Committee. Find Chris on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram at ChrisBeyerMO. All articles express his own opinions and should not be viewed as the opinions or endorsement of any organization, business, or government entity he was, is, or will be affiliated with.