Senior Staff

Senior Staff

Shannon McNaught, Editor-in-Chief
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Shannon McNaught is studying Intercultural & International Communication at the School of International Service. Originally from southern California, Shannon studied Art History and French at the University of Notre Dame before moving overseas to continue her studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Prior to AU, Shannon worked at the U.K. National Commission for UNESCO and has continued to research cultural diplomacy and international arts and cultural policy since beginning her studies. A new arrival to DC, Shannon is usually found wandering the District looking for the best bakeries, bookstores and markets.


Ashley Baek, Director of Operations
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Ashley Baek is a second-year graduate student studying Intercultural and International Communication at the School of International Service. She was born and raised in Orange County, California and received her bachelors in International Studies at the University of California, Irvine in 2013. After graduation Ashley joined the Peace Corps and served as a community development/ English language teaching volunteer in Mongolia from 2014-2017. She is interested in the effects of cross-cultural communication between peoples through the use of arts and cultural diplomacy as a tool to promote peace and understanding between nations.


Joseph Soley, Director of Submission, Data & Analytics
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Joseph Soley is a first-year student in the US Foreign Policy and National Security program. Originally from New Jersey, Joseph majored in Classics and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana; he enjoys hiking, and reading history and science fiction in his spare time.


Anh Ta, Director of Resources & Training
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Anh Ta is a first-year graduate student in the Global Media program at the School of International Service and the School of Communication. Prior to joining AU, Anh received her bachelor’s degree at Lawrence University of Wisconsin, majoring in International Relations and Creative Writing. She also worked as a Government Relations fellow at Washington D.C.-based advocacy non-profit Bread for the World in 2017. In her undergraduate years, Anh was the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper, and played ice hockey. She grew up in Vietnam and Singapore. In her free time, Anh loves to experiment with new recipes, go rock climbing or running, and hang out with Alex, her landlord’s cat.


Adrienne Castellón, Director of Outreach and Media
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Adrienne Castellón is a second-year graduate student studying Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She was born in California, and bred in the D.C. metropolitan area. She received both a bachelors in Studio Art and a bachelors in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. After graduation Adrienne spent a year teaching English in China. She is interested in the protection of indigenous rights and intellectual property as well as the role of art in peace-building. In her spare time she can often be found cooking a new recipe, frequenting the District’s array of art museums, and exploring places that are off-the-beaten-path.


Andre Jones, Editorial Director
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Andre Jones is studying U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security with an emphasis in Cyber Policy. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Utah Valley University with a minor in Russian. Prior to AU, he interned at the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C., where he worked with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate on topics regarding national security and defense. Andre also founded his own academic undergraduate journal and was its first editor-in-chief. In his spare time, Andre enjoys listening to cyber podcasts, going on hikes with his wife, and eating Oreos.


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