About Us

Mission Statement

To give student voices an outlet to spread civic engagement, report on local politics, and increase overall academic political awareness.

Florida Political Review is affiliated with the Bob Graham Center; however, all opinions published represent the opinions of individual contributors and not FPR or the Bob Graham Center itself.

Email us at floridapoliticalreview@gmail.com with questions, comments and concerns. 

Executive Board

MacKenzie DiLeo 

Editor-in-Chief

MacKenzie is a senior at the University of Florida studying journalism and psychology. In addition to her involvement with Florida Political Review, MacKenzie is also the former Mock Trial Director in Pre-Legal Honor Society, the former Vice President of Membership for the Association for Media Professionals, and both a marketing intern and former research intern and ambassador for Student Legal Services. Email: mdileo@ufl.edu 

Andy Shodell

Managing Editor

Andy is a junior from Miami, Florida, studying English and Political Science at the University of Florida. Outside of FPR, he participates in Engage Florida and is active in Bob Graham Center events and initiatives. He enjoys editing and writing articles, speeches, poems, and whatever else he can think of. Email: andrewshodell@ufl.edu 

Adi Basu-Dutta

Treasurer

Adi is a sophomore political science major from Palm Bay. He is a volunteer for many causes and a 2020 Data Visualization Intern with the City of Gainesville who plans to serve in elected office in Florida after graduating. If you meet him- talk about cooking, languages, or history. He'd love that. Email: a.basudutta@ufl.edu 

Gustavo Duran 

Director of Internal Affairs

Gus is a senior studying political science and history. He is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, but grew up in sunny South Florida. Besides writing for FPR, Gus works as a civic engagement assistant for the Bob Graham Center, was the lead coordinator for the Gator GOTV Coalition, and is a Policy Research Fellow for the City of Gainesville. Gus is also a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholar, where he conducts research on Brazilian campaign finance, and was a captain on the UF Mock Trial Team. Gus plans on taking some time off to work after graduating – don’t ask him what though, because he will give you a different answer depending on the day. Email: g.duran@ufl.edu 

Andrew Taramykin

Director of External Affairs

Andrew is a sophomore from Orlando, Florida, studying political science and economics. He enjoys writing about labor, business, and economic issues at the state level. Beyond his involvement with Florida Political Review, he is a student fellow at the Bob Graham Center and remains active in state and local politics. Andrew plans to study labor and employment law after undergrad. He also has a moderate caffeine dependency. Email: andrewtaramykin@ufl.edu

Makiya Seminera

Copy Editor

Makiya is a junior from Crystal River, Florida. She is triple-majoring in international studies, political science and Arabic. In addition to writing and editing for FPR, Makiya is the University Administration Reporter for The Independent Florida Alligator, Director of Recruitment and Retention for Model United Nations, a Policy Research Fellow for the City of Gainesville, and is conducting research on Turkish foreign policy. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career that can make a meaningful impact in her community through journalism. Email: semineram@ufl.edu

 

 

Shayna Schulman

Copy Editor

Shayna is a junior from Boca Raton, Florida, studying political science and history. As a University of Florida University Scholar, she was awarded a scholarship to undertake a research project that explores Americans' support for religious freedoms and their perspectives on the First Amendment. In addition to her involvement with Florida Political Review, Shayna is a research assistant studying police violence in early-twentieth century America, a competitor and captain on the University of Florida Mock Trial Team, and is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. Shayna plans to attend law school in the future. You can find Shayna's stories here. Email: shayna.schulman@ufl.edu

 

Danielle Dietz

Opinions Editor

Danielle is a junior from Winter Park, Florida, studying political science and statistics, minoring in economics. Beyond her involvement with Florida Political Review, Danielle is a research assistant investigating the impact of expansionary and contractionary VBM legislation and serves the Dean of Students Office as a Campus Diplomat. After graduation, Danielle plans to pursue a career in law or public policy. Email: danielle.dietz@ufl.edu

 

Staff Writers

Andrew Taramykin

Andrew is a sophomore from Orlando, Florida, studying political science and economics. He enjoys writing about labor, business, and economic issues at the state level. Beyond his involvement with Florida Political Review, he is a student fellow at the Bob Graham Center and remains active in state and local politics. Andrew plans to study labor and employment law after undergrad. You can find Andrew's stories here. Email: andrewtaramykin@ufl.edu

Maahum Haider

Maahum is a junior at the University of Florida studying philosophy and Spanish. Aside from being a writer for FPR, Maahum is a member of UF's Pre-Legal Honor Society and a research intern for UF Student Legal Services. After graduating, Maahum hopes to study immigration law. You can find Maahum's stories here. Email: maahumhaider@ufl.edu 

Emma Behrmann

Emma Behrmann is a sophomore journalism and political science major from Clearwater, Florida, minoring in Spanish. In addition to writing for FPR, she writes news for Her Campus UFL, serves as vice president of the Association for Media Professionals, and manages UF's chapter of Habitat for Humanity's social media as public relations chair. In her spare time, you can always find her at the gym. In the future, Emma hopes to pursue a career in political journalism. You can find Emma's stories hereEmail: emmabehrmann@ufl.edu 

Alexandra Staller

Alexandra is a sophomore from Jericho, New York majoring in political science. In addition to the Florida Political Review, she is a co-director for the Pre-Legal Honor Society’s Mentor/Mentee program. She is also a member of the Phi Mu fraternity. In her free time, she loves to read and (on most days) go to the gym. After graduating from UF, she plans to attend law school. You can find Alexandra's stories hereEmail: astaller@ufl.edu

Mia Cafaro

Mia is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida, studying political science and criminology. In addition to writing for FPR, she serves as the large group coordinator for RUF, a campus ministry, and is training for her second half marathon. After graduation, Mia plans to attend law school. You can find Mia's stories hereEmail: miacafaro@ufl.edu

Paul Fernandez

 Paul is a sophomore from Saint Petersburg, Florida, studying statistics and economics. While he’s not scrolling political twitter for story ideas, you can find him at the gym or in front of a piano, though he’ll still be listening to a podcast. After graduation, he hopes to work in the political commentariat, but he knows he will end up as a statistician. You can find Paul’s stories hereEmail: paulfernandez@ufl.edu

Evan Smith

Evan is a sophomore from Estero, Florida, studying political science and history. In addition to writing for FPR, Evan is the president of Florida PIRG Students at UF, vice president of the Political Science Honor Society, and the parliamentary debate captain. After graduation, Evan plans on becoming a high school social studies teacher and working in local politics. You can find Evan's stories here. Email: evan.smith@ufl.edu

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