Hi there! We're Rachel, Simon, and Josiah--three friends from grad school. We're building Politik to provide a space for finding interesting foreign policy news, discussing current events, and furthering your career in public policy.
Rachel Marcus is a New York-based economist, journalist, and ENFP. Her love of good writing, great wine, and the Sunday crossword is only matched by her deep and abiding aversion to cilantro. In her career as a journalist, she has written for MSNBC and the New York Times. Her dream dinner party guests are Chris Hitchens, Fran Lebowitz, George Carlin, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She believes news comedy is the noblest art.
Josiah Tsui is a Texan with a background in foreign policy and technology. He conducted research on U.S.-China relations at the Harvard Kennedy School and has worked at Palantir Technologies and Trialspark. He loves Italian food, likes coffee, tolerates fennel, and avoids confrontation. That last part isn't true. He has never met a hill he wouldn't die on.
Simon Schmid, economist and consultant, is a German and New Yorker by way of the Netherlands and Washington DC. He is passionate about finding ways to eradicate bananas and finding hills for Josiah to die on. Also, he would never invite Chris Hitchens to a party.