Editor-in-Chief Allison McCarty joined the Liberator as a staff writer in the fall of 2018, and is serving as Editor-in-Chief for the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020. She is a third year Philosophy major from Cedar Park, Texas and is hoping to go into radio journalism after she graduates. When she isn’t working on the Liberator, she has an active (some might say concerning) passion for the 1970s, classic rock, HBO docudramas, stroopwafels, any mockumentary starring/written by Christopher Guest, and radio (catch her weekly show on KVRX).

Associate Editor of Content Samantha Chavez, or Sam for short, is a second-year liberal arts student from the Rio Grande Valley hoping to pursue a double major in Humanities and Mexican American Studies with a focus on borderlands. She joined the Liberator in Fall 2018 as a writer and is now hoping to highlight different perspectives throughout the magazine as an Editor of Content. On the side, she enjoys telenovelas, her mother’s tacos, bargain hunting, chocolate, and the simple things in life.

Associate Editor of Content Shini Meyer Wang joined the Liberator staff Spring 2019 as a writer. She is currently a sophomore studying Philosophy and Chinese and is thrilled to begin The Liberator’s podcast this year. In her free time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, swimming, and planning an uncontrollable future.

Associate Editor of Media Emma Robinson joined The Liberator as a staff writer in the Spring of 2019 and became an Associate Editor of Media in the Fall of 2019. She is a third year Political Communications and Humanities major, studying Urban Development and Policy. In her free time, Emma enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, going to trivia nights, and doing arts and crafts.

Staff Writers:

Aryan Bhalla is a first year International relations and Global studies major who likes to read books and write poetry. He loves to listen to music of all genres, watch movies and loves deep, late night conversations and meeting new people. He likes to play soccer and enjoys occasional runs.

Hayle Chen is a first-year English and Government major who joined the Liberator staff Fall 2019. As an aspiring author and devoted bibliophile, writing is a passion that allows her to creatively express her love for words and experience the numerous lives that a reader has the opportunity to live. For her, being a part of the Liberator is just another way to contribute to the literary community that she and the rest of the staff hold dear.

Kate Diller is a Government and History major in her last semester at UT, with minors in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. She hopes one day to be a professor and combine a love of teaching with almost constant curiosity. She enjoys writing flash fiction and occasionally an essay or two, though definitely not the ones for class. Outside of academia, Kate loves The Bachelor franchise, riding horses, reading all the time, and eating entirely too much candy.

Jennifer Dong is a third-year English and Government double major and a writer for The Liberator. She enjoys reading and writing in her free time.

Harrison Fernelius is a first year Economics and Plan II major. He joined the Liberator in fall 2019. In his spare time you can find him looking up new facts about fish or training in jiu-jitsu.

Varun Hukeri is a fourth-year International Relations & Global Studies and Government double major, with a minor in Chinese. He was an associate editor for The Liberator during the spring and fall semesters of 2018. He enjoys going to museums, watching Star Wars, and ranting about the economy. The Mongol Empire ranks first on his list of favorite empires followed closely by the Ottomans, and he studied abroad in China during the spring semester of 2019.

Morgan Jeitler is a second-year English, Plan II, and Rhetoric & Writing major who joined the Liberator in Fall 2019. In her free time, she enjoys reading the classics, raving about her family’s four dogs, eating too much chocolate, and UT’s Texercise classes. She also thinks (knows) the greatest band of all time is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hector Osegueda spends his time binge-watching The West Wing and House, M.D. when not writing or avoiding homework. He is in his sophomore year, pursuing a double major in Government and International Relations & Global Studies. He tends to pet one too many dogs when walking through a park and mains King Dedede in Super Smash Bros.

Quynhmai Tran is a first-year Sustainability Studies major planning to go into Environmental Law. She does the graphics for the Liberator, and she likes to draw, drink matcha lattes, and update her bullet journal in her free time. Quynhmai is a plant owner and is desperately trying to find ways to keep them alive.