Meet the Editorial Board

The Georgetown Journal of History is:

Alyssa Russell
Justin Abello
Noah Buyon
Elizabeth Cavacos
Hannah Mermin
Daniel Paradis
Jonathan Lanz
Kyuwon Shim

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Alyssa Russell, Editor-in-Chief

Alyssa Russell is a senior studying history and government in the College at Georgetown University. She hopes to extend her love of historical writing and research into graduate school to study U.S. labor history. In addition to her work as Editor-in-Chief, she is a research assistant with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor as well as a research assistant for Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution David Skorton through the Office of the President at Georgetown University. Alyssa is currently writing two theses; her history thesis centers on the SEIU’s Justice for Janitor’s campaign while her government thesis focuses on progressive coalition-building.


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Justin Abello, Editor

Justin Abello is a senior in the College at Georgetown University, double-majoring in government and history with a minor in English. He is from Los Angeles. He hopes to enter into a career in politics after he graduates. His studies in history have concentrated on the United States and Western Europe, focusing on political, military, and social issues.


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Noah Buyon, Editor

Originally from White Plains, New York, Noah Buyon is a senior in the College at Georgetown University, where he studies history, journalism, and theology. He is currently writing a thesis — or trying to — about American-Hungarian relations at the end of the Cold War.


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Elizabeth Cavacos, Editor

Elizabeth Cavacos is a senior in the College majoring in both History and Art History, hailing from Rochester, NY. She has been an editor for the Journal since its inception last year. Elizabeth focuses on Latin America and the U.S. within her history major, and specializes in late medieval and early Renaissance art history.


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Hannah Mermin, Editor

Originally from Portland, Maine, Hannah Mermin is a sophomore in the College at Georgetown University where she is double majoring in French and History with a regional focus on the U.S.. She loves reading and writing about history but has absolutely no idea what she plans to do after college.


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Dan Paradis, Editor

Daniel Paradis is a senior in the College at Georgetown University, majoring in history and minoring in classical studies as well as mathematics. His studies in history have focused on the political and cultural developments of Europe and the Middle East, particularly in relation to their ancient civilizations.


Jonathan Lanz, Editor

Jonathan is currently a junior at Georgetown University with a major in history and minor in Jewish Civilization. His research centers around Holocaust history and genocide studies. Specifically, Jonathan is interested in the sociological aspects of genocide: how ordinary men and women can commit extraordinary acts of atrocity given the right circumstances. Outside of his role as Editor-and-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of History, Jonathan works as a research assistant at Georgetown’s Center for Jewish Civilization. Outside of academia, you can find Jonathan reading a good book, watching something on Netflix, or debating with his friends. 


Kyuwon Shim, Editor

Kyuwon Shim is a current senior studying international history in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her interests are memory and oral history, specifically of the Holocaust and atrocities in the Pacific theater. She is also interested in the history and historiography of human rights. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, cooking, and watching stand-up comedy.