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Ravi Veriah Jacques (Founder and Editor-in-Chief)

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Ravi is a sophomore majoring in history from London, with English and Malaysian-Indian heritage. He is passionate about left-wing causes and exploring contemporary political themes from a more historical perspective. Ravi started the Stanford Sphere both to diversify discourse in the face of a claustrophobic ‘liberal consensus’ as well as to create a powerful, intellectual left-wing presence on campus. Beyond politics, Ravi is a keen violinist, and back in his native England is a Manchester United fan, though he is currently disillusioned in Jose Mourinho.

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Annette Egerstrom (Co-editor and Writer)


Annette is a junior from Mexico City, majoring in chemistry and minoring in physics. She believes that the divisions between sciences are somewhat artificial, and so loves exploring questions at their intersection. Like in her scientific endeavors, Annette does not identify with any one political orientation, but prefers to take the best ideas each has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys curling up with a good book or binging on Netflix.

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Sun Woo Lee (Co-editor and Writer)


Sun is a sophomore majoring in philosophy and political science. Needless to say, she is interested in political philosophy. She is particularly interested in how current political systems can be informed by musings on radical political reform. She is from South Korea but she does not consume dogs. She is a self-proclaimed EDM critic who enjoys techno, trance and house music, while criticizing mainstream EDM. In her free time, she plays squash and Overwatch.

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Gülin Ustabas (Co-editor and Writer)


Gülin is a freshman from Istanbul majoring in philosophy. She is Armenian-Turkish and speaks five languages including an endangered language, Homshetsi. She is passionate about philosophy of law, political theory and ethics. She is interested in developing an ideal of international justice through universal principles. She absolutely adores cats and is a fan of open world RPGs and a wanna-be artist.

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Jacob Kuppermann (Writer)


Jacob is a sophomore majoring in History and Biology who hopes to someday figure out how to link the two together. They originate from the most liberal area of the most conservative area of the most liberal large state. Raised on a philosophical diet of pluralistic Judaism, Theravada Buddhism, and atheistic humanism, Jacob was radicalized by the least bad corners of various microblogging sites into some form of vulgar leftist. They care deeply about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, radical democracy, the state of the left in America, universal healthcare, and the Chainsmokers.

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Benjamin Maldonado (Writer)

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Benjamin Maldonado is a sophomore majoring in history from an agricultural town in California’s San Joaquin Valley. He identifies as a leftist and is very interested in the forgotten history of the Left in America. He is also fascinated by the construction of historical narratives, especially ones which are empirically false. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing the harmonica, watching musicals, and catching up on sleep. While he enjoys reading poetry and drama, he dislikes novels.

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Elijah Spiegel (Writer and Meme Artist)


Elijah is a sophomor[e/ic] philosophy major who spends more time in the Comparative Literature department than in Philosophy. His political affiliation is Left writ (very) broadly. His primary influences include whoever he happens to be spending the most time with at the moment and some old Germans. His interests outside of academics include convincing himself he has a life outside of academics. He believes that form is function, or at least that’s his given excuse for why memes have a place in trying to shape the 21st century conversation.

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Chapman Caddell (Writer):


Chapman is a sophomore majoring in history. Born in California and raised in Texas, he’s back in California for the foreseeable future. Chapman’s main academic interests are nationalism and colonialism, especially in the United States and Africa. His main non-academic interests are mostly creative: film, literature, photography, and the “Beautiful Game.” Politically, he misses the New Deal; apolitically, he misses Jack Kerouac.

Joyce Xu


Joyce is a freshman majoring in computer science and history. She is fascinated by how historical legacies shape and entrench the dynamics of modern-day society. She is particularly interested in urbanization, the future of work, and their interplay with globalization at large. One day, you will find her building an AI to violently and militaristically take over the world. In the meantime, she will be watching HBO and non-ironically listening to The Chainsmokers.

Jacob Nierenberg (Writer):

The second (and less prolific) of the two Jacobs that write for The Stanford Sphere, Jacob Nierenberg ’17 M.A. ’18 is a graduate student in the Journalism program. Prior to that, he completed a B.A. in American Studies and minored in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His work has been featured in The Stanford Daily and The Seattle Times, as well as on Crosscut.com. He writes about everything from Australian psychedelic rock bands to Stanford’s handling of sexual misconduct. He rarely leaves the house without a pair of earbuds.

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Christina Egerstrom (Co-Founder and Advisor): 

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Christina is a co-term in the journalism department having earned a B.A. in History from Stanford. During her time at Stanford she also took creative writing courses and is interested in pursuing a M.F.A. in the future. She loves to tell stories and interview people to expand her perspective and believes that story telling is a very powerful awareness raising tool. She loves food and could not live without Netflix.

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