Hampton Stephens
Hampton founded World Politics Review with the aim of creating a better discourse about global affairs in the U.S. and around the world. He has a background in both the editorial and business sides of publishing. He has been a reporter, editor and freelance writer, and also worked on the business side of publishing before founding WPR. He is a member of the board of directors of EBSCO, the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, ebooks and discovery service for academic and public libraries. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's in Statecraft and World Politics from the Institute of World Politics.


Judah Grunstein, Editor-in-Chief
Judah's coverage of French and American politics, foreign policy and national security has appeared in World Politics Review, the International Herald Tribune, the Atlantic online, Politico Magazine, Foreign Policy online and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a regular guest commentator on France 24, as well as a published playwright.

Prachi Vidwans, Associate Editor
Prior to joining WPR, Prachi was a research associate at the Human Rights Foundation and talk development coordinator at the Oslo Freedom Forum, where she worked with grassroots activists to advocate for civil and political rights in authoritarian countries. Vidwans specializes in authoritarianism, democratization and human rights, with a focus on East and Southeast Asia. She also previously worked as an assistant editor at Foreign Policy's Democracy Lab and a research consultant at Global Concerns India. Vidwans has a master’s in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of arts from New York University, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, TIME, and more.

Christ Alaoluwa Ogunmodede, Associate Editor

Chris is an associate editor with World Politics Review. He specializes in comparative authoritarianism, regional integration, diasporism and social movements in Africa, with a focus on the West Africa region. He has extensive experience working across Africa with governments, civil society organizations, diplomatic missions, development and multilateral organizations, and private sector firms. His coverage of African politics, international relations and security has appeared in War on The Rocks, Mail & Guardian, The Republic, Africa is a Country and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @Illustrious_Cee.

Jakob Cansler, Production Associate

Prior to joining WPR, Jakob worked as an editorial intern at the Washington Monthly and WUVA, Inc. He has a B.A. in political science and drama from the University of Virginia.


Charli Carpenter

Charli is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her teaching and research interests include the protection of civilians, laws of war, humanitarian affairs, humanitarian disarmament, global advocacy networks, political violence and the role of pop culture in global security. She has published three books and numerous journal articles, and has served as a consultant for government agencies and NGOs.

Howard W. French
Howard W. French is a career foreign correspondent and global affairs writer and the author of four books, including most recently “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power.” His WPR column appears every other Wednesday. From 1990 to 2008, French reported overseas for The New York Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China, based in Shanghai. He has served as the president of the board of directors of the IRIN News Agency, and is a member of the board of the Columbia Journalism Review. He also is a professor at the Columbia Journalism School.

Erica Gaston

Erica Gaston is a senior policy adviser at the United Nations University Center for Policy Research and a non-resident scholar at both the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Global Public Policy institute. She is an international lawyer and conflict analyst with specific expertise in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Her Twitter is @ericagaston.

Frida Ghitis
Frida started her career at CNN, where she worked as a producer and correspondent covering international news. In addition to CNN, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) and in scores of publications in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Her regular column on global affairs in the Miami Herald is distributed worldwide by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Her weekly WPR column, World Citizen, appears every Thursday. She is a public speaker on world affairs and the author of “The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television.”

Aishwarya Machani

Aishwarya Machani is a U.N. Foundation Next Generation Fellow. She led a consultative process bringing together hundreds of young people from around the world to contribute to the U.N. secretary-general’s “Our Common Agenda” report. She also co-authored “Our Future Agenda,” an accompanying vision and plan for next and future generations. She recently graduated from the University of Cambridge.

Stewart M. Patrick
Stewart M. Patrick is the James H. Binger senior fellow in global governance and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation on global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile and post-conflict states. He was previously a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, and also served on the secretary of state's policy planning staff from 2002 to 2005.

Candace Rondeaux
Candace Rondeaux is a senior fellow and professor of practice at the Center on the Future of War, a joint initiative of New America and Arizona State University. Her WPR column appears every Friday. She has documented and analyzed political violence in South Asia and around the world for The Washington Post, International Crisis Group, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the U.S. Institute of Peace and a host of international publications. An expert on international security affairs, she has focused on anti-corruption, justice and accountability as a throughline in all her work. She holds a B.A. in Russian area studies from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. in journalism from New York University, and an M.P.P. in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


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