We are pleased to present you with the first in a new series of Alumni Spotlights. Each month, we'll be posting an interview in which we catch up with one of our 600+ Publius, Lincoln, Speechwriters, and John Marshall Fellows. 


Alexandra Harrison, John Marshall Fellow 2016
Associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Joseph Tartakovsky, Publius 2006
Contributing Editor of the Claremont Review of Books

Mary Beth McConahey, Publius 2007
Assistant Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought, Saint Vincent College

Ryan T. Anderson, Publius 2007
William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, Editor of Public Discourse

William Haun, John Marshall 2013
Associate Attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP

David DesRosiers, Publius 1994
President at the Real Clear Foundation

Ilan Wurman, John Marshall 2012
Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP

May Davis, John Marshall 2015
Special Assistant to the President and an Associate White House Staff Secretary

James Baehr, Lincoln Fellow 2012
Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office

Chris Malagisi, Lincoln Fellow 2012
Editor-in-Chief of the Conservative Book Club

Kaytlin Roholt, Marshall Fellow 2014
Judicial Law Clerk at United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Ben Shapiro, Publius Fellow 2006
Editor-in-Chief The Daily Wire

William Smith, Lincoln Fellow 2015
Founder & Chief of Staff for Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06)

Ben Weingarten, Publius Fellow 2015
Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media.

Ryan Walsh, 2012 John Marshall Fellows
Chief Deputy Solicitor General of Wisconsin.

Melika Willoughby, 2016 Publius Fellow
Communications director for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Ms. Willoughby’s duties include speech writing, press releases, interview preparation, and grassroots engagement.

Paul Teller, 2005 Lincoln Fellow
Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Day in and day out, Paul keeps the office of Senator Ted Cruz running smoothly, working tirelessly on behalf of the people of Texas and the conservative movement.

Cheryl Miller, 2002 Publius Fellow
Director of Educational Programing,
Hertog Foundation

Cheryl organizes and recruits for advanced seminars in war, grand strategy, economics, and political thought. Her programs are geared toward everyone from high school students to rising young professionals.

Mollie Hemingway, 2014 Lincoln Fellow
Senior Editor, The Federalist

A longtime journalist, Mollie Hemingway writes about culture, policy, and the political horse race for one of the Right’s hottest new web magazines.

Keith Urbahn, 2014 Lincoln Fellow
President and Founding Partner, Javelin

Keith works with authors, journalists, political figures, and organizations on book and television deals, website and app design and development, and public relations.

Brittany Corona, 2013 Publius Fellow
State Programs and Government Relations Director at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

Brittany oversees 19 states and provides policy analysis to advance parental choice in education. Her research and commentary has appeared in National Review Online, The Federalist, and The Daily Signal

Scott Keller, 2013 Lincoln Fellow
Solicitor General of Texas.

Scott represents the state of Texas is all manner of litigation. He has argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.



"The Lincoln Fellowship is a life-changing experience. The lessons I took away from professors and peers alike instilled a depth of understanding about the founding and intent of our nation far beyond my already high expectations. I highly recommend this program.

—Natalie Burkholder, Lincoln ‘13
Creator and Editor, Girl's Guide to Guns

"The Publius Fellows program provides an education in American political thought and understanding that is simply unparalleled. Fellows' eyes are opened to new ways of understanding the American Founding, the country's greatest leaders, and what the future might hold for progressivism and conservatism. What fellows take with them is a strong intellectual foundation for their future work or studies, a foundation that is critical to affecting the country's political direction.”

—Jennifer Tiedemann, Publius ‘14
Senior Associate, Burson-Marsteller
Former Research Associate, American Enterprise Institute

"The John Marshall Fellowship is a chance to re-examine everything you learned in law school in light of the original structure and goals of the Constitution.”

Daniel Guarnera, John Marshall ‘15
Associate, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans, & Figel PLLC​
Alumnus, University of Virginia Law School

"I learned more about the deep principles of the law during the John Marshall Fellowship than I did during three years of law school. … The Fellowship is an amazing opportunity to spend a week talking about big ideas with brilliant people in a beautiful place.”

—Scott Glabe, John Marshall ’13, clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and previously worked at Covington & Burling LLP