I am pleased to announce the following student leaders have earned a spot on Students For Liberty’s 2016-2017 blog team! These are the most passionate student writers in the pro-liberty movement today and I’m excited to see them intelligently contribute to spreading the ideals of economic, social, and academic freedom through SFL’s blog.
Aaron White studies Environmental Policy in California. He was raised in the Palm Springs area and is a life long hiker and advocate for the open spaces of the American Southwest. He’s currently researching market-based environmental strategies to advance preservation and conservation efforts.
Alexis Garretson – George Mason University
Alexis Catherine Garretson is an undergraduate student at George Mason University, where she studies Environmental and Conservation Biology, Public Health, and Economics. She focuses on common resource problems, public lands policy, and other ways of applying free market ideas to environmental problems. Alexis is also an Undergraduate Research Scholar at George Mason University, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator with Students For Liberty, and a Joseph Schumpeter Fellow with the Mercatus Center.
Christopher Wager – Shawnee State University
Christopher Wager is a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH, where he studies Philosophy and Religion, with a focus on political philosophy and ethics. Chris is particularly interested in privacy rights, voluntary association, and non-interventionism. When he’s not spreading the ideas of freedom on campus, Chris spends his time promoting liberty on Tumblr and playing video games.
Conor Fogarty – Ohio University
Conor Fogarty is a third-year history major at Ohio University in Athens. He also serves as a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator and a Young Americans for Liberty chapter president. He currently studies abroad in Japan and his major focuses include foreign policy, environmentalism, higher education, and the ideological history of classical liberalism. Conor hopes to one day receive a PhD and teach at a university while, hopefully, continuing to work in training activists and educators to spread classical liberal ideas.
James Paek – University of Georgia
James Paek is a political science student at the University of Georgia. He has also served as the President of the Political Science Student Association, Vice-President of the Asian Student Association, Vice-President of Young Americans for Liberty, and President of the history club. James spoke at the ISFLC 2016 about human rights issues in the Korean Peninsula and how to achieve freedom in Korea. James focuses on using public speaking as an educational activism tool to spread liberty around the globe.
Jesse Velay-Vitow – Simon Fraser University
Jesse Velay-Vitow is a mathematical physics student at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator, president of the men’s issues advocacy club, and a vice president of the Science Student Union. Outside of volunteering, Jesse enjoys karate, rock climbing, and science fiction.
Jonathan Matt – George Mason University
Jonathan Matt is a junior at George Mason University where he studies economics, plays rugby, and serves as a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator. He’s primarily interested in global development, monetary theory, public choice analysis, and behavioral economics. In his free time, Jonathan also enjoys reading F. A. Hayek and Gary Becker, drinking dark beer and even darker coffee, and going to used book stores.
John Zaleski – West Virgina
John Zaleski is student at West Virginia University Majoring in Economics (B.S.) and a Campus Coordinator with Students For Liberty. He’s passionate about free trade, school choice and economic policy. John is also interested in the history of the classical liberal tradition.
Jonathan Bain – Mississippi State University
Jonathan Bain is a Junior at Mississippi State University where he is majoring in Political Science and minoring in both Economics and History. He was born in Tupelo, MS and was raised in Itawamba County for the majority of his life. In his spare time he enjoys studying different genres of political theory, as well economic theory from the Austrian school. By being a member of the blog team, Jonathan hopes to educate others on the philosophy of liberty, inspire students to join the movement and be active on their campuses.
Marissa Gentry – Indiana University
Marissa Gentry is a student at Indiana University studying Environmental Science and Policy. She is a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator and the President of her Young Americans for Liberty chapter. When not writing, she enjoys watching Survivor reruns, playing with her rescue cat Edgar, and practicing and building her herbalism business.
Maxine Cox – Florida Southwestern University
Maxine grew up in Marco Island, Florida and is currently a freshman studying biology at Florida Southwestern in Naples, Florida. She currently serves as a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator. Growing up a homeschooler, she attributes her understanding and love of liberty to the fabulous classical education she received. She likes free speech, capitalism and cool stuff.
Natalie Bao Tram Le is a student at College of Charleston studying Political Science, a South Carolina Young Americans for Liberty State Chair, and a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator. She is looking forward to further promoting the ideals of libertarianism through writing. Her interests focus on refugee acceptance and their economic impact, First Amendment issues, and classical liberalism. Aside from all things liberty, Natalie enjoys sparring and fencing.
Nicholas Mejia – George Mason University
Nicholas Bayardo Mejia is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and studies economics at George Mason University. From backpacking Europe and South East Asia, hitchhiking across America alone, and deploying to Afghanistan, he has come to love the vast diversity that makes up our world. As a member of the blog team, Nicholas seeks to share his insights on political economy, culture, and history that he has come to through his travels.
Paul Krane – Birmingham-Southern College
Paul Krane is a junior Political Science major and Philosophy minor at Birmingham-Southern College. He was born in Knoxville and raised in Sevier County, Tennessee. He is a write-in candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee’s First District in the 2016 election.
Sarah Nelson – University of Virginia
Sarah Nelson is from a small town called Berryville, Virginia and is a third year Media Studies and Drama double major at the University of Virginia. When she isn’t working on her academics, she enjoys creating art, playing sports of any kind, and relentlessly defending the honor of the Washington Redskins.
Stephen Boucher – Carleton University
Stephen Boucher is a Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator from Ottawa, Canada, where jumping regulatory hurdles is a national sport. When he’s not politely sticking it to the Man, he’s writing about anarcho-capitalism, tech freedom, the nanny state, and other issues related to liberty. Stephen also enjoys self-education, ruffling feathers, and sharing his passion for a freer society.
Zoe Callaway – University of Delaware
Zoe Callaway is a senior at the University of Delaware, studying American History with minors in Political Science and Legal Studies. She is also the Delaware State Chair and the Connecticut State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty. Zoe believe that everyone should be able to enjoy liberty without the weight of a bloated government.