Our Team

The WIRe is proud to have a team of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of different disciplines. Our writers and editors are passionate and engaged global citizens who strive to learn and educate others about global issues, and understand that quality is of the utmost importance. 

Editor-in-Chief: Daniel Zaydman

Daniel is a Senior majoring in Economics and Political Science and hopes to study labor or civil rights law after graduating. Through his time at the WIRE, he has written mostly about Western Europe and Latin America, focusing especially on the United Kingdom. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, spending time with friends, and getting angry at things he reads on Twitter! Check out his LinkedIn here!

Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Nils Peterson

Nils is a Junior studying History, Spanish, and Chinese. His writings focus on jihadi groups, cybersecurity, and China. Post-graduation, he plans on attending law school. Outside of the WIRe, he enjoys running marathons. Check out his LinkedIn!

Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Cormac O’Harrow

Cormac O’Harrow is a Junior studying Economics and International Studies with a concentration on global security and diplomacy. His writing has become more focused on technology policy and cybersecurity. Outside of the WIRe, Cormac is an avid skier and enjoys travel. Here’s his LinkedIn

Communications Coordinator: Pooja Gundimeda

Pooja is a Junior majoring in Political Science with a certificate in African Studies, and has the intention of going to law school after graduation. Her writing focuses on domestic issues that occur in the Middle East, as she is very interested in the social and political issues of that region. Outside of the WIRE she is involved in philanthropic organizations in the Madison community and she loves to dance! Check out her LinkedIn!

Editor: Lydia Nyachieo

Lydia is a Senior majoring in International Studies and Philosophy with a French certificate. Her writings tend to focus on African affairs, and her general interests lie in issues of social, political, and economic marginalization and inequality. Outside of the WIRe, she enjoys bike riding around Madison, reading thought-provoking books, and listening to music. Here’s her LinkedIn!

Editor: Dana Craig

Dana is a Junior studying Political Science and English. Her writing for the WIRe focuses on issues of inequity and social injustice that she feels have been underrepresented in mainstream media. Post-graduation, Dana plans to attend law school, but for now she spends her time outside of the WIRe taking hikes and reading good books.

Editor: Jadalyn Eagens

Jadalyn is a senior majoring in International Studies, International Business and Finance. For the WIRe she has mostly written about issues that pertain to Africa and the Middle East, however she likes to look for stories that don’t get a lot of media coverage. Outside the WIRe, Jadalyn likes to frequent coffee shops along with getting together with close friends.

Editor: Kamika Patel

Kamika is a Sophomore double majoring in International Studies and Communications with certificates in Business and Educational Policy. Her writing for the WIRe tends to focus on humanitarian issues and social injustices that she feels have been underrepresented in mainstream media. Outside of the WIRe, Kamika enjoys travel, taking hikes, and drinking coffee with friends. Check out her LinkedIn!

Editor: Sophia Halverson

Sophia is a junior majoring in International Studies, English, and History and is pursuing a minor in European Studies. Her writing for the WIRe tends to focus on events in the European Union. Outside of the WIRe she likes to read, write stories, travel, and spend time with her pets.

Editor: Ken Wang

Haoyan “Ken” Wang (he/him/his) is a junior studying Political Science, International Studies, and Journalism with certificates in German, Public Policy, and European Studies. His articles for the WIRe focus on foreign policy and international affairs. He plans to continue studying international affairs in graduate school and write after getting his master’s degree. When not writing for the WIRe, he enjoys reading and playing open-world role playing games and first-person shooting games. Check out his LinkedIn!