Ben Domenech
    Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech also serves as a fellow at The Manhattan Institute. He was previously a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute; editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He co-founded Redstate and co-hosted Coffee & Markets, an award-winning economic podcast. His writing has been published in The Daily Beast, Politico, Commentary, Reason, and GQ, and he appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and CBS's Face The Nation. He divides his time between Virginia and New York. Email him at
    Bre Payton
    Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. She previously worked as a reporter at, where she covered a variety of topics, including politics, education and labor. Her work has appeared in many outlets including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Human Events, Daily Signal, The Daily Caller, and WORLD Magazine, among others. Bre received a bachelors degree in Political Journalism from Patrick Henry College. Reach her at and follow her on Twitter.
    David Harsanyi
    David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of three books. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications. David has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and dozens of radio talk shows across the country. Reach him at
    Joy Pullmann
    Joy Pullmann is managing editor of The Federalist, an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute, and author of the forthcoming "Coretastrophe: What Common Core Means for America's Future," from Encounter Books. She previously was managing editor of School Reform News and the assistant editor for American Magazine at the American Enterprise Institute. Joy is also the 2013-14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education mandates. Joy has taught high school and middle school history, literature, and debate, and has written public speaking curriculum. She is a graduate of the Hillsdale College honors and journalism programs. She and her husband live in the Midwest and have four children ages five and younger. Follow Joy on Twitter.
    Madeline Orr
    Madeline Orr is the producer of the Federalist Radio Hour.She graduated from Abilene Christian University. Contact her at or follow her on Twitter.
    Mollie Hemingway
    Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. A longtime journalist, her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, CNN, National Review, GetReligion, Ricochet, Christianity Today, Federal Times, Radio & Records and many other publications. Mollie was a 2004 recipient of a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship. Reach her at
    Robert Tracinski
    Robert Tracinski is a senior writer at The Federalist. He studied philosophy at the University of Chicago and for more than 20 years has written about politics, markets, and foreign policy. He has been published in dozens of newspapers, from the Chicago Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle, and been featured on many radio and television shows, from Rush Limbaugh to “The O’Reilly Factor.” He is an occasional guest host of The Federalist Radio Hour and editor of The Tracinski Letter.
    Sean Davis
    Sean Davis is a co-founder of The Federalist. He previously worked as an economic policy adviser to Gov. Rick Perry, as CFO of Daily Caller, and as chief investigator for Sen. Tom Coburn. He was named by The Hill as one of the top congressional staffers under the age of 35 for his role in spearheading the enactment of the law that created Sean received a BBA in finance from Texas Tech University and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School. He can be reached via e-mail at
Senior Contributors

    Amy Otto
    Amy Otto is a Senior Contributor at The Federalist. Amy’s work has also been published at Townhall, Pocket Full of Liberty, and the UK site The Conservative Woman. She’s previously co-hosted The Wrap with Amy & Bruce, a podcast that covered culture and politics weekly. Proud mom of three. East Coast transplant living in California. Philadelphia Eagles fan. Armchair Oenophile. Amy has been working in healthcare for over 18 years. Her work has ranged from bench science to oversight of drug development and commercialization. Amy received her BS in Biochemistry from University of Delaware and an MBA from Pepperdine University with a focus in Conflict Management and Resolution.
    Anna Mussmann
    Anna Mussmann is a stay-at-home mom who writes during nap time. She is fascinated by old books, ideas, and historic philosophies of education. Her work can also be found on the blog
    Andrew Quinn
    Andrew C. Quinn is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and researcher. By day, he studies public policy and the economics of human happiness at the American Enterprise Institute. In addition to The Federalist, Quinn's commentary on policy and culture has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Fare Forward. His work is frequently featured on RealClearPolitics, RealClearPolicy, and The Transom.
    D.C. McAllister
    Denise C. McAllister is a journalist based in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Journalism and has worked in both print and television news as an associate producer for the morning show at WFTV Orlando, a correspondent for the Orlando/Lake Sentinel and United Press International out of the Miami bureau, and a reporter at the Aiken Standard in South Carolina. Her work has appeared at Real Clear Politics, Hot Air, InstaPundit, and Ricochet, and she has been a guest on BBC Radio, One America News Network, Newsmax TV, KNRS, and KCRW’s “To the Point.” Her book, “A Burning and Shining Light,” is a dramatic narrative about the life and ministry of David Brainerd. In addition to being a writer, she is also an Expressionist artist and musician.
    Daniel Payne
    Daniel Payne is a senior contributor at The Federalist. He studied Italian and English literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has also been featured at outlets such as Reason and Front Porch Republic. He is a frequent guest on radio programs such as the NRA News's Cam and Company, the Steve Deace Show and Real Side with Joe Messina. He currently runs the blog Trial of the Century. He lives in Virginia. Follow Daniel on Twitter.
    David Marcus
    David Marcus is a senior contributor to the Federalist and the Artistic Director of Blue Box World, a Brooklyn based theater project. His plays have been seen on the stages of Galapagos Arts Space, D Lounge, and Theater Double Rep. A former member of the Bat Acting Company at the Flea Theater he has also performed at the Kennedy Center and Theater for the New City among many others. In addition to his writing for the Federalist his work has appeared in National Review Online, City Journal, PJ Media, Liberty Island and the New York Theater Review.
    Emily Zanotti
    Emily Zanotti is a writer, comedian, traveler and ten-year veteran of political communications and online journalism based out of Chicago. There, she runs her own digital media firm and works as a writer and researcher for the Heartland Institute and as an associate fellow with the R Street Institute. Her work appears at The Federalist, daily at the American Spectator, on the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal, and across the web. Emily can be reached at You can read more by Emily by following her on Twitter at @emzanotti and "liking" her on Facebook.
    Hans Fiene
    Hans Fiene is a Senior Contributor to The Federalist. He is a Lutheran pastor in Illinois and the creator of Lutheran Satire, a series of comical videos intended to teach the Lutheran faith.
    Heather Wilhelm
    Heather Wilhelm is a writer based in Austin, Texas and a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is a weekly columnist for, and her commentary has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and National Review Online. Follow her on Twitter.
    James Poulos
    @jamespoulos is a writer, analyst, and musician living in Los Angeles. He a columnist at The Daily Beast and a Forbes contributor. His work has been featured in publications ranging from The Economist to Foreign Policy to Vice. As a talking head, he has appeared on Fusion, HBO, HuffPost Live, MSNBC, and Pivot, among other outlets. In 2005, he independently founded the Postmodern Conservative blog, now a part of National Review. James has been a fellow of the Bradley Foundation, the Tocqueville Forum, and the Claremont Institute. He is currently working on a book about Alexis de Tocqueville and craziness in America.
    John Daniel Davidson
    John Davidson is a writer in Austin, Texas, and the director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, n+1, and elsewhere.
    Jennifer Doverspike
    Jennifer Doverspike is a senior contributor at The Federalist. A former counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the Department of Defense, she has also worked for Sen. Tom Coburn and Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt. Jennifer has been featured on The Blaze TV network and on regional public radio. Jennifer received a joint bachelors and masters degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and her two young children.
    Leslie Loftis
    Leslie Loftis is a senior contributor at The Federalist and a contributor at PJLifestyle, PJTatler, and Conservative Woman UK. She has a JD from the University of Texas and a BA in history from Southern Methodist University. Before motherhood, she worked as an admiralty attorney and local campaign manager in Houston. Prompted by her husband, she started writing an expat blog, An American Housewife in London, in 2010. She started freelance writing when they returned to Texas in 2012. Her writing typically covers feminism, law, politics, parenthood, and pop culture, particularly where they intersect. In addition to writing, she is corporate counsel for Hub Dot, a women’s network out of London; a steering committee member for the Commission to Establish a White House Council for Boys and Men; a member of Leading Women 4 Shared Parenting; and, locally, research assistant to the county treasurer. She currently lives in Houston with her husband and four children and still blogs at An American Housewife.
    M.G. Oprea
    M. G. Oprea is a writer based in Austin, Texas. She holds a PhD in French linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. You can follow her on Twitter here.
    Maureen Mullarkey
    Maureen Mullarkey is a painter and a critic. A member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), she writes on art and its intersection with religious and politics. Her essays have appeared in various publications, including The Nation, The Hudson Review, Arts Magazine, Art & Antiques, and The American Arts Quarterly. She was a columnist for The New York Sun during its life as a print publication. Currently, she is a senior contributor to The Federalist, an irregular contributor to The Weekly Standard, and keeper of a weblog titled Studio Matters. She is represented by George Billis Gallery, NYC.
    Neal Dewing
    Neal Dewing is a senior contributor at The Federalist. He has also been featured at Pocket Full of Liberty. He lives and works in Portsmouth, Virginia. When he isn't able to reach a keyboard he will often blog at his very patient wife. While he is a conservative through and through, where drink is concerned he displays a surpassing liberality. Follow Neal on Twitter.
    Nicole Russell
    After working in Republican politics in Minnesota, Nicole Russell moved near Washington, DC and began her journalism career. Her work has appeared in the The Atlantic, The New York Times, National Review, Politico, The Washington Times, The American Spectator, and Parents Magazine. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Spectator's Young Journalist Award and she resides in northern Virginia with her husband and four kids.
    Rachel Lu
    Rachel Lu is a senior contributor at The Federalist. She has a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and teaches at the University of St Thomas. As a Robert Novak Fellow, she is currently researching criminal justice reform. Her non-academic work can be found in Touchstone Magazine, the Public Discourse and Crisis Magazine. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Follow her on Twitter.
    Rebecca Cusey
    Rebecca Cusey is a movie critic based in Washington DC. She also writes about TV, pop culture, faith, and the craziness of family. USA Today, The Washington Post, World Magazine, The Daily Caller, National Review Online, The Huffington Post, and other outstanding outlets have been kind enough to publish her work. Sometimes she also shows up on radio and television. Cusey is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Society and a voting Tomatomer Critic on Rotten Tomatoes. She looks for the transcendent in film, but will settle for a good laugh. She lives with her three handsome children and adorable husband. Follow her on Twitter @Rebecca_Cusey.
    Rich Cromwell
    Richard Cromwell is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Husband. Father of three rambunctious daughters. Arkansan. Fan of whiskey and whisky. Originally an English major, Rich earned a degree in music business from Belmont in 2002. By day he produces shows and events for a local museum with a focus on giving back to the community. His writing can also be found at Pocket Full of Liberty. Follow him on Twitter, @rcromwell4.
    Scott Lincicome
    Scott Lincicome is an international trade attorney, adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and Visiting Lecturer at Duke University. As a trade lawyer, Scott litigates trade disputes in the United States, Europe, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and various other international jurisdictions, and advises clients on trade agreements, trade-related regulations and legislation, U.S. trade policy, and WTO matters. He specializes in advising clients on how to best conform their transactions and policies to global trade rules and related national regulations. Outside of the firm, Scott has advised presidential and congressional candidates on international economic policy, and authored or co-authored several policy papers published by Cato and other organizations. He also routinely writes and speaks on economic policy and politics, and blogs on these issues at his personal blog. The views he expresses in these pages are Scott Lincicome's alone and do not necessarily reflect those of his employer.
    Stella Morabito
    Stella Morabito is a senior contributor at The Federalist. Her essays have also appeared in the Washington Examiner, American Thinker, Public Discourse, Human Life Review, New Oxford Review. In her previous work as an intelligence analyst, she focused on various aspects of Russian and Soviet politics, including communist media and propaganda. She has also raised three children, served as a public school substitute teacher, and homeschooled for several years as well. She has a B.A. in journalism and international relations from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Russian and Soviet history, also from USC. Follow Stella on Twitter.
    Tom Nichols
    Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He has written widely, including five books, on international relations, Russian affairs, and nuclear weapons. In addition to his academic posts, he has been a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In Washington, he served as personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. The views expressed here are his own. Also, he has an awesome cat named Carla.
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