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Robert Carter. Rob is a renaissance man. While currently a tax & finance attorney, he has done graduate studies in theology & philosophy, taught Catholic high school, lobbied Congress on behalf of the Jesuit Refugee Service, and built houses with Habitat for Humanity. Rob is an active Young Republican and has participated in numerous local and national campaigns. He is also an avid hiker and amateur historian.

His numbers: Economic Left/Right: -1.13; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 3.13

Courtney Doggart. Courtney spent the last year in Turkey on a Fulbright grant interviewing university students about their participation in civil society and attitudes regarding their role in Turkey's future. A graduate of New York University, Courtney helped develop Network 20/20, an independent educational organization that engages future leaders in the US in public security and US foreign policy matters.

Her numbers: Economic Left/Right: -1.75; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.69

Julia Kamin. Julia is one of the founders of citizenJoe. A former anti-war protester and education rights activist, Julia finds herself creeping disconcertingly closer to the center every day. Julia also enjoys playing Bach on the piano and wishes she had more opportunities to dance to 80's music.

Her numbers: Economic Left/Right: -0.75; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.87

Koli Mitra. Koli is a lawyer, formerly of Wall Street, where she learned a lot of eye-popping stuff that she still gripes about a fair bit.  She now spends her time with her first two loves, constitutional legal studies and writing of all kinds. . . and of course, CitizenJoe.

Her numbers: Economic Left/Right: -2.06; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.83

Will Wilson. Will writes and researches in Washington, DC; he comes by way of Montana and Chicago. He follows information markets and the Oakland A's feverishly.

His numbers: Economic Left/Right: 3.38; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.69

The Composite Joe: Economic Left/Right: -0.06; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.28. Meaning: we need another social conservative...

Past Volunteer Writers

The "debate overviews" on our site are created by volunteer columnists, who - as suggested by their title - don't get paid to write pieces, but do so out of their commitment to making it easy for Americans to get a grasp of what's going on. Most aren't professional journalists or policy analysts - they just like paying attention to policy discussions in their spare time. We like to call them closet policy wonks.

Lilliana Diaz-Pedrosa is a staff attorney at a NYC based legal services organization that specializes on education law. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Fordham Law School.

Roger Gibian has spent the last 6-odd years in Washington, D.C. working on international and domestic energy policy issues at a government agency, law firm, and NGO, racking up impressive mileage on his road bike, and slaving away at the Sisyphean torture of condo renovations.

Wylie Goodman is a psychologist in private practice in New York City. She was the former Health and Medical Editor for HalfthePlanet.com, a Website for people with disabilities.

Jeremy Goodridge is a vice president and chief information officer at SeniorBridge. He also has a PhD in psychology.

Erzsebet Karkus is an attorney, working in the Corporate Practice of a New York City law firm. She recently completed a clerkship at the US Court of International Trade, and was a judicial extern for the International War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda.

Thomas Lindaman is the Editor of CommonConservative.com,an online political website dealing with political and social issues. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where he works for a mortgage company.

Melissa Orlando is a Program Manager in the Diversity Department for Planned Parenthood Federationof America. Melissa graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Political Science.

Seth Pinsky is a vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. We're not really sure what he does there, but we think it has something to do with law and finance.

Irene Sanchez works at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Khizar Sheikh will be working with Securities Litigation and White Collar Crime groups at a law firm this fall. Khizar also has an MS in cellular biology and has worked in investment banking.

Kevin Speth is a copywriter at a mid-sized insurance company in Madison, Wisconsin. When he isn'twrestling with the written word, he is active in helping preserve area lakes and in preparing Humane Society refugees for adoption.

Sermin Womack is a law clerk at the Court of International Trade. She also has an MS in Economics.


Our "facts" pages are by and large researched and created by student interns - as are many of our issue briefs. Interns donate their free time and summer vacation to give citizenJoe its factual backbone.

2004 Interns: Alex Arthur, Queens College; Adam Beitman, Vassar College; Sarah Berger, Skidmore College; Jennifer Chang, Columbia University; Riva Froymovich, New York University; Ben Spoonhower, Cornell University; Andrea Woodley, Columbia University; Jennifer Zissou, University of Michigan

2005 Interns: Steven Cytryn, Columbia University; Nick Dhesi, Cornell University; Adam Gleicher,University of Michigan; Vincent Greco, Cornell University; Dylan Selterman, Johns Hopkins University.

2006 Interns: Alex Day, New York University; Hayley Gibson, George Washington University; Jamie O'Mealia, Georgetown University; Caleb Seeley, Duke University; Paul Selker, Yale University; Liz Verillo, Bryn Mawr College.

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Hats off to Alex Ruano and Jason Wojo, citizenJoe's web genii, freelance editors Alec Appelbaum and Tom Gogola. and site designers/consultants Hugh Sansom and Allen Tombello.