William and Mary

Journal Staff


Wavering HeadshotEmily Wavering (Editor-in-Chief) is an MPP candidate at the College of William and Mary where she is concentrating in social policy, with a particular emphasis on housing policy and homelessness. Emily  graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary's College of Maryland in June 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, and a minor in mathematics. This past summer, Emily interned with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland, during which she gained experience in transportation policy. Prior to graduate school, Emily cultivated additional experience through internships with Access Intelligence LLC and Habitat for Humanity, volunteer work with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and extensive undergraduate research on foreclosure rates, homelessness and the housing market. Outside of academics, Emily serves as the President of the W&M Graduate Policy Association, and loves travelling, hiking, and learning calligraphy.

Derr HeadshotJacob Derr (Managing Editor) 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.

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Angel Aymond (Submissions Editor) is a MPP candidate at the College where she is concentrating in environmental policy. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and minored in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Throughout her academic career, Angel has gained professional experience in a variety of positions, largely through community service and in the social sciences. Most recently, she spent the summer of her graduate studies in North Carolina as an intern with the Air Economics Group at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Angel is also the Social and Service Chair for the Graduate Policy Association and enjoys talking about Texas, singing, crafting, and road trips in her free time.


William Shiflett (Executive Editor) is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the College of William and Mary,   which also served as his undergraduate alma mater. His interests are applied econometric and statistical methods, public and private retirement systems, behavioral finance and economics, and efficiency gains in American social welfare programs, especially Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, and Medicaid. Prior to matriculating (again), William taught American Literature in the Republic of Korea, served as a program director for the Bridge Community Development Corporation, and worked as a manged care discrepancy analyst for Hospital Corporation of America during its launch of Parallon Business Solutions. In his free time, Willliam enjoys reading Don DeLillo and Harold Pinter, listening to Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, and eating copious amounts of pecan pie. 


CourtneyHSAlison Courtney is an Accelerated Master of Public Policy candidate at William and 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 millerAlex 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 with a bachelor’s degree 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.

Amber Will iWillHSs 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, and the effect of propaganda on the Hitler Youth during Nazi Germany, among others. 


deAzagraCharles de Azagra is a first year MPP student at the college of William and Mary’s Thomas Jefferson School of Public Policy. He is enrolled in undergraduate courses and is finishing his degree in Public Policy concurrently. His policy interests include tax and regulation, harm-reduction narcotics reform, economics, and space. Charles is captain of the W&M Fencing team where he enjoys teaching and coaching on a regular basis. In his free time, he also enjoys PC gaming, playing chess, reading science-fiction, and rocking out to rock and roll.

Christian Bale. Biography coming very soon.

Menuka Ban is an 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 the summer of 2013, she interned for the New Leadership Mississippi Program, where she served as a mentor to the undergraduate participants with a focus on topics including Women and Public Leadership and assisted in planning and organizing events. In the summer of 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 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.

EricksonHSChristopher Erickson received degrees from Trinity International University in 2001, double majoring in Pre-Medical Biology and Pre-Medical Chemistry.  After completion of his undergraduate degrees, 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 department's restructuring of the report writing system and developed the department's defensive tactics program.  Chris ended his law enforcement career when his family moved to North Carolina and 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's Master of Public Policy program.  Outside of academics, he enjoys spending time with his family, competing as a strongman, and  volunteering in his community.

horsfieldGeoff Horsfield is a MPP candidate at the College of William and Mary with a focus on environmental policy. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Management and a Minor in Religion. After completing his undergraduate degree, Geoff served as an AmeriCorps member with AIDS United and the Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina in Durham, NC. Geoff's interest in environmental policy, specifically wildlife policy, grew when he served as Volunteer Coordinator at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Geoff enjoys spending time with his dog, learning new subjects and traveling with friends.


Emily Jenkins is a current second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the College of William & Mary, where she plans to focus on health policy and justice related issues.  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, Emily worked in the private sector.  Emily has volunteered 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 recently concluded a summer internship providing grant and program support for the Department of Justice/ Office of Justice Programs. Outside of academics, Emily enjoys walking, traveling, and Jane Austen.
Will Nisbet is a M.P.P candidate at The College of William and Mary where he hopes to concentrate on economic and social issues. Will graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in Economics and History. Throughout his academic and extracurricular career, Will has gained beneficial professional experience in economic analysis and organizational leadership. Most recently, Will worked for the Department of Defense in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Will has also worked as a soccer coach, camp counselor, and media manager beyond his roles as a leader in collegiate organizations. Beyond his interest in public policy, Will enjoys soccer, tennis, volunteering, watching sports, and passionately cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers.

Cale Jones. Biography coming very soon.


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, D.C. 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. 

  scharffSara Scharff is a first-year J.D./M.P.P. candidate at William and Mary where she plans to focus on family and juvenile law and policy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Throughout her academic career, she gained a variety of experiences in both the public and private sectors, including as a swim instructor for special needs children and as a mentor for youth struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Most recently, Sara served as a court judicial assistant for Colorado's 18th Judicial District, where she managed a variety of court dockets, including domestic relations and truancy. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. 


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 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, serving as the Director of Accounting at Health Care REIT. Her professional experience involved exposure to financial institutions, real estate, and health care industry. In her free time, Emily enjoys volleyball, kayaking, and camping.