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Fellowship Recipients


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2017 Fellowship Recipients

Part-Time Fellowships

Helen R. Andrews
Project: “Eminent Boomers: The Worst Generation from Birth to Decadence”

Originally from North Carolina, Helen earned a degree in religious studies from Yale University, where she served as speaker of the Yale Political Union. Currently a freelance writer and commentator, she served for three years as a policy analyst for the Centre for Independent Studies, a leading conservative think tank in suburban Sydney, Australia. Previously, she was an associate editor at National Review. Her writing has appeared in First Things, Claremont Review of Books, The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard, among other periodicals.


Madison E. Iszler
Project: “What’s Killing Middle-Aged White Women—and What It Means for Society.”

Madison is originally from Florida and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree, cum laude, in politics, philosophy and economics from The King’s College. Currently, she is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Reporting Fellow. She has interned for USA Today and the National Association of Scholars, and also was a reporter for the New York Post. Her writing has been published in nearly two dozen outlets, including the Raleigh News & Observer, Charlotte Observer, New York Post and The Miami Herald.


Ryan Lovelace
Project: “Hiding in Plain Sight: Criminal Illegal Immigration in America”

An Illinois native, Ryan attended and played football for the University of Wyoming until he was sidelined by an injury. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Butler University. He currently works for The Washington Examiner where he handles the Supreme Court beat. Previously, he was a political reporter for the Examiner. He has been a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review, an intern at The Weekly Standard – where he wrote features and also served as an assistant to Executive Editor Fred Barnes – and a contributing reporter to The College Fix. His writing has been featured on The Drudge Report, Fox News, Instapundit and Time magazine’s politics blog.


Robby Soave
Project:“You Can’t Say That: Censorship and the Selfie Generation.”

Robby earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan. At present, he is an associate editor at Reason magazine, as well as a contributing columnist to The Daily Beast with an emphasis on higher education news and trends. Previously, he was a reporter for The Daily Caller focusing on education and criminal justice reform and was an assistant editor at the Student Free Press Association. He was named to the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” list for law and policy, and in January 2017 was appointed to the District of Columbia Advisory Commission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Right for a four-year term. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, NPR and other broadcast outlets, and his writing has appeared in USA Today, New York Post, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Detroit News and other outlets.


Jason I. Willick
Project: “Not Your Parents’ Culture War: The New Battles Over Speech, Sex and Identity”

A California native, Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Stanford University, having previously attended the University of California at Berkeley. Formerly a staff writer for The American Interest, Willick is now assistant editorial features editor for The Wall Street Journal. Before that, he was a research assistant at the National Review Institute, assisting National Review Executive Editor Reihan Salam, and an intern at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). At Stanford, he was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Stanford Political Journal and a columnist for The Stanford Daily. His writing has been featured in RealClearPolitics, New York Magazine and National Review, and cited in Slate, The Atlantic, National Journal and other publications.

Full-Time Fellowship

Matthew Schmitz
Project: “The Revolt Against Progress.”

Matthew was born and raised in O’Neill, Nebraska, an agricultural community in the north-central part of the state near the South Dakota border. He currently resides in New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University. He is literary editor for First Things, having previously served as deputy editor. He has worked in his family’s business for several years as an electrician’s apprentice. He also was a page in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matthew’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Spectator, The Catholic Herald, The Hedgehog Review and other publications.