William and Mary

Journal Staff


CooperHSJack Cooper (Editor-in-Chief) is in his final year in the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at William and Mary. A Newport News, Virginia native, he is a graduate from the University of Virginia where he majored in Government. Jack has served as Political Director for the North Carolina and Tennessee House Democratic Caucuses and managed political campaigns in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He spent the summer of his graduate studies working with the Air Economics Group in the Environmental Protection Agency and is currently the graduate research assistant for Professor Paul Manna, one of the nation’s foremost education policy experts. He is also working with the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic analyzing the budgetary and regulatory processes of local wetlands boards and state agencies. In his free time, Jack serves as Social Chair for the Graduate Policy Association and enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Andrea Taylor (Managing Editoris a 2014 M.P.P. candidate at the College with a focus on social, budgetary, and criminal justice policy.  Her interest in governance issues began at Fordham University, where she majored in Psychology and Middle East Studies and from where she attained a B.S.  In the intervening years, Andrea has held a variety of positions in and around Washington, D.C. Her experiences have included Congressional offices, a lobbying firm, the government of Montgomery County, MD, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. More recently, she has worked for Energy Pathways, LLC, analyzing cap and trade programs and researched parole and probation programs at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Outside of the classroom, Andrea enjoys reading, mindless television entertainment, traveling, and volunteering for political campaigns and non-profit institutions.
drabikhsJillian Drabik (Submissions Editor) is a M.P.P. candidate at the College of William and Mary where she plans to concentrate in environmental policy. She graduated from Rutgers University- New Brunswick with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy, Institutions, & Behavior with a minor in Natural Resource Management. Throughout her academic career, Jillianhas gained professional experience in both the natural and social sciences. Most recently, she served as an intern at the New Jersey Highlands Coalition in northern New Jersey. Her other professional experiences include working as a manager and lifeguard at her local swim club. Besides her interest in policy, Jillian’s interests include tennis, running, watching old movies, playing the piano, and volunteering.

beidemanhsAndrew Beideman (Executive Editor) is a second year MPP student at the College of William & Mary and the Executive Editor of the William & Mary Policy Review. In this position, he oversees the Review’s business functions and manages promotion and communication activities. Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program, Andrew worked in the federal R&D community performing strategic communications, grant administration/program evaluation and technical writing. He received his BA in International Studies & German from American University in Washington and hails originally from beautiful southeastern PA.


CourtneyHSAlison Courtney is an Accelerated Master of Public Policy candidate at Williamand Mary where she is concentrating in economic policy.  As an undergraduate at William and Mary, she majored in Economics and Public Policy.  Throughout her academic career, Alison has gained a variety of professional experience in the public and private sectors.  Most recently, she was a Fellow at a public policy research and strategy firm, Civic Enterprises, in Washington D.C.  Her other experiences include positions at the U.S. Department of Education and TD Bank.  Apart from academics, Alison’s interests include travelling, photography, and playing lacrosse.

Alex Miller is an M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where he plans to concentrate in international development and humanitarian affairs.   He graduated from William & Mary undergraduate with bachelor’s degrees in International Relations.  Alex has had the opportunity to intern abroad with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as well as locally with the AidData Center for Development Policy. Outside of academics, Alex enjoys racing sailboats, playing video games, and tinkering with web design and data-driven software.

WillHSAmber Will is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to concentrate in international law and policy. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Political Science, History, and Humanities. Although straight from undergrad, Amber has gained a variety of experiences through internships and research projects. She currently works as a research intern for the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, VA. Previously, she worked at a Representative's Congressional Office and with AidData for a Chinese African Development Projects Database. Through her undergrad experience, she has additionally written numerous research theses for topics including comparative education policies with China, legal controls of homelessness in America, effect of propaganda on the Hitler Youth during Nazi Germany, among others. 



AymondHSAngel Aymond is an M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary, where she plans to concentrate in environmental policy. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a minor in Urban Affairs & Public Policy. Throughout her undergraduate career, Angel gained thorough experience in leadership and volunteerism. Most recently, she served as an administrator at Arlington Animal Services in Arlington, Texas. Her other experiences include positions as a volunteer director at UT Arlington, a research assistant for the UT Arlington Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and a resident assistant at UT Arlington Apartment & Residence Life. Angel's interests outside of academics include music, writing, history, politics, and volunteering.

Christian Bale. Biography coming soon.

Menuka Ban is a M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to concentrate in economic and international development policy.  She is an international student from Nepal and recently graduated from Mississippi University for Women with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Mathematics.  Throughout her academic career, Menuka has gained a variety of professional experience through extracurricular activities, student organizations, and internships. She served as the Student Government President at the Mississippi University for Women. In summer 2013, she interned for the New Leadership Mississippi Program, where she served as a mentor to the undergraduate participants with a focus on topics like Women and Public Leadership and also assisted in planning and organizing events. In summer 2012, she served as an advocacy intern for the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition International and lobbied in the U.S. congress on behalf of the torture survivors. Menuka likes swimming, dancing, watching movies and sitcom.

BostronhsBethany Bostron is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to focus on constitutional law. She graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and minors in Music and Biblical Studies. During her academic career, Bethany has been involved in varsity athletics, student government, residence life, and technical engineering. She has worked as a public relations intern for Lee Byberg for Congress and in the accounts receivable department of Central Lakes Cooperative. Her other experiences include the Alliance Defending Freedom Collegiate Academy, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and Summit Ministries. Apart from academics, Bethany’s interests include running, tennis, playing bass guitar, and being involved in her local church.

DerrhsJacob Derr is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary where he intends to focus on education and justice policy and law. He graduated from Ohio University with bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. As a student, Jacob has gained experience in journalism and the public sector. Over the summer, he served as a Summer Law Clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk. Prior to that, he produced news stories for the local PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio, wrote and anchored news coverage for local radio in Athens, worked as a research intern at Meet the Press with David Gregory and NBC News Washington, and worked in the promotions department of the Free Lance-Star Media Companies in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Outside of academics, Jacob enjoys following politics, volunteering, and traveling both locally and afar.

EricksonHSChristopher Erickson received his graduated degree from Trinity International University in 2001 double majoring in Pre-Medical Biology and Pre-Medical Chemistry.   After completion of undergraduate degree, he began a career in law enforcement as a police officer.  Chris served the Village of Northfield for 4 years.  In that time, he aided in the departments restructuring of the report writing system and developed the departments defensive tactics program.  Chris ended his law enforcement career when his family moved to North Carolina.   Chris made a transition to civilian training, writing and implementing individual and group training protocols in multiple locations.  Currently, Chris is enrolled in the College of William and Mary Masters in Public Policy program.  Outside of academics, he enjoys spending time with his family, competing as a strongman, and  volunteering in his community.

JenkinsHSEmily Jenkins is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the College of William & Mary, where she plans to focus on social and economic policy. Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After concluding her studies at UNC, a private business.  Emily also has experience as a paralegal intern with Mecklenburg County, NC's Public Defender's Office and is a certified paralegal by the NC State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.  Emily has also earned a Paralegal Studies certificate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Outside of academics, Emily enjoys walking, volunteering, and Jane Austen.

Cale Jones. Biography coming soon.

Qiu HSEmily Qiu is a M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to concentrate in environmental and international public policy.   She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor degree in Political Science.  Emily has worked in a variety of professional fields including international government agencies, local government, the non-profit sector, and the private sector.  This past summer, she served as a policy intern for the City Manager's Office in Norfolk, Virginia.  She has also gained experience from holding positions with Plow and Hearth Ltd., Meishan Island Development Bureau in Ningbo, China, and New Visions, New Ventures. She is currently a research assistant at AidData's Trafficking Unofficial Financial Flows project and an assistant for the Committee on Sustainability at the College of William and Mary.  In her free time, Emily loves to travel around the world, hike, ski, and develop black and white film and photographs.


Serena Saffarini is a joint BBA/MPP candidate at the College of William and Mary. She has particular interests in business law and policy as well as education policy implementation. This past summer, Serena completed a research project on the Race to the Top education funding program using the state of Rhode Island as a case study. Previously, she was a Development Intern at the Center for American Progress, a non-profit think tank in Washington DC. Her other experience includes working in a physics lab at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University where she conducted lab research on the mechanisms underlying hippocampal seizures and epilepsy. Serena's non-academic interests include rowing, Model United Nations, and cooking. 


William Shiflett is a Master of Public Policy student at the College of William and Mary. He dabbles in economic and monetary policy. Research interests include public sector pension reform and unexploded ordnance disposal.



Emily Uselton is a first year M.P.P. student at William & Mary where she plans to concentrate in budget and health care policy. She graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Finance. Shortly after graduation Emily received her Certified Public Accountant license in the state of Ohio. Her work experience includes public accounting and most recently Director of Accounting at Health Care REIT. Her professional experience involved exposure to the financial institution, real estate and health care industries. In her free time Emily enjoys volleyball, kayaking and camping

WaveringHSEmily Wavering is an M.P.P. candidate at the College of William and Mary who graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in June 2009 with a B.A. in economics. Emily's specific policy interests fall under the umbrella of social and urban policy, and her main focus at this point in time is housing policy. Emily's interest in housing policy was cultivated through an internship with Habitat for Humanity, volunteer work with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and extensive undergraduate research on foreclosure rates, homelessness and the housing market. Beyond academics, Emily is passionate about volunteering, baking, learning calligraphy, and practicing yoga.