Staff

  • Gregory Rodriguez

    FOUNDER & PUBLISHER

    Gregory is the author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America, which The Washington Post listed among the “Best Books of 2007.” Formerly a longtime op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, and The Atlantic. In 2012, he was named a Goldman Sachs Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where he founded and now directs the “What It Means to Be American” project.

  • LISA MARGONELLI

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    Lisa has written for publications including The AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Wired. Her first book, Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, won a Northern California Book Award. She is also the author of Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, published in 2018 by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, which the New York Review of Books described as "an extraordinary provocation.”

  • LOUIS WHEATLEY

    DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING & ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

    Louis was previously based in Budapest for the communications arm of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, covering rural development in the post-Soviet region. He also serves on the board of Mission: Citizen, a civic education nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Dartmouth College with degrees in history and romance languages.

  • JOE MATHEWS

    CALIFORNIA & INNOVATION EDITOR

    Joe was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Baltimore Sun. He is co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It and author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.

  • Kianoosh Hashemzadeh

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR

    Kianoosh previously worked at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) as a publications manager. Prior to ISAW, she worked in trade book publishing for several years. She received a MFA in creative writing from the New School as well as an MA in Islamic studies from McGill University.

  • Claire Krelitz

    Assistant to the Publisher

    Claire was a 2018 Zócalo Public Square fellow. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College in Los Angeles, with degrees in political science and sociology. 

  • Andrea Sasso

    Programming and Outreach Assistant

    Andrea previously worked in art museum education at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. She holds an MA in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in American history and literature from Harvard University.

  • Eryn Brown

    EDITOR-AT-LARGE

    Eryn is a Los Angeles-based writer who has reported on science, health, business, and a variety of other subjects. A former staff member at the Los Angeles Times and at Fortune Magazine, she has also written stories for The New York Times, Wired, Nature, and other outlets. She graduated from Harvard College in 1993.

  • Andrea Pitzer

    EDITOR-AT-LARGE

    Andrea has written for Slate, Vox, USA Today, Lapham's Quarterly, McSweeney's, and other outlets. She is the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. After reporting from four continents, she is now working on a book about the Arctic.

  • SARAH ROTHBARD

    BOOK PRIZE EDITOR

    Sarah is senior manager of communications and editorial at Center Theatre Group. She is the former editor and associate publisher of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Colette LaBouff

    POETRY EDITOR

    Colette is the author of Mean, a book of prose poems, as well as other essays and poems. A Southern California native, she has an MFA in poetry and a doctorate in English from the University of California, Irvine. She currently lives in New Mexico.

  • Stefan G. Bucher

    Illustration Editor

    Stefan is a Los Angeles-based brand designer, illustrator, and writer. He is the author of seven books, including the best-selling 344 Questions—The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival & Artistic Fulfillment. He was named a Young Gun by the Art Directors Club of New York and is a recipient of D&AD’s Yellow Pencil for book design.

  • Dulce Vasquez

    Special Advisor to the Publisher

    Dulce is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Arizona State University and the former managing director of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Debbie Seeley

    Special Events Coordinator

    Debbie holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in physical therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College. She is a longtime volunteer at Zócalo Public Square.

  • Asha Rangappa

    Contributing Editor

    Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a legal and national security analyst for CNN. She is a former Associate Dean at Yale Law School and previously served as a Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.

  • James C. Cobb

    Contributing Editor

    James C. Cobb is a Distinguished Professor in History of the American South at the University of Georgia. He has published 13 books focusing on the interaction of economy, politics, and culture in the American South. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, he was recently inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

  • Jennifer Mercieca

    Contributing Editor

    Jennifer Mercieca, a historian of American political rhetoric, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Founding Fictions, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency, and a forthcoming book on Donald Trump and demagoguery.

  • José González Vargas

    Contributing Editor

    José González Vargas is a Venezuelan journalist and writer. Formerly a professor at Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, he has contributed to Americas QuarterlyIntoCaracas Chronicles, and ViceVersa Magazine. His literary work, written in Spanish and English, has been published by Strange HorizonsLetralia, and Fireside Quarterly. In 2017 he won the Solsticios Prize, Venezuela's top science fiction and fantasy award, for his short story "E Pluribus Unum.”

Interns

  • Emily Jo Wharry
    Summer Fellow
    Occidental College
  • Rachel Lu
    Summer Fellow
    Brown University

Contributors

  • AARON SALCIDO
    PHOTOGRAPHER
  • BOALT MEDIA GROUP
    AUDIO & VIDEO
  • JOE MCGARRY
    WEBMASTER