The Highest Monkey is a blog written by Yale Undergraduates enrolled in PLSC 277: Politics and the New Media.

Amanda Gould is a senior political science major from Lewiston, Idaho. She recently completed an internship with NBC News and currently blogs for The Yale Herald.

Anna Litman is a junior political science major from Dallas, Texas. After having spent the past two summers working in West Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia, she is particularly interested in how social media affects politics in non-democratic countries.

Colby Brown is a junior political science major from Rancho Cucamonga, California (it's close to Los Angeles). He has no formal media experience but is a rabid consumer of all news tech-related. Follow him at

David Helene is a senior economics major from Brooklyn, New York. He has previously interned for the New York Sun and, most recently, for Bloomberg View.

Devin Smith is a senior political science major from the Kansas City area.  He became interested about the intersection of politics and the new media after involvement in a U.S. Senate campaign and subsequently working on a senator's staff on Capitol Hill.

Dilan Gomih is a junior double majoring in Political Science and African Studies from Olympia Fields, Illinois. She has previously interned at CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and will be working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch this summer.

Jessica Shor is a junior Anthropology major and a participant the Yale Journalism Initiative. She spent last summer in Liberia working with local journalists to promote grassroots journalism in the run-up to the presidential elections there, and she will be working at a daily newspaper in Toledo, Ohio this summer.

Julia Averbuck is a senior history major from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the summer, Julia worked in the strategy division at Thomson Reuters. At Yale, Julia ran a journalism organization called Global21, which manages a network of twelve student run international affairs magazines worldwide.

Nate Blevins is a senior political science major from Cleveland, Ohio.  He has previously worked as a communications and social media intern for a nonprofit group and is currently writing his senior essay on the use of new telecommunications technology by contemporary political movements.

Nick Defiesta is a sophomore computer science major from Seattle, Washington. He covers the City Hall & Politics beat for the Yale Daily News.

Olivia Leitner is a junior political science major from Wyckoff, New Jersey. Her interest in social media stems from an internship at Rent the Runway, an online fashion start-up, at which she contributed to managing their many social media pages.

Raquel Guarino is a junior sociology major from Manalapan, New Jersey. She is a host of [CONTRO]cultura at the WYBCX Yale Radio station.

Sam Martin is a junior political science major from West Warwick, Rhode Island.  He became interested in the media's role in politics during a summer internship on Capitol Hill.

Shunori Ramanathan is a junior Political Science and Theater Studies double major who has lived in the US, London, and India. She became interested in the media as a tool for furthering democracy as a result of her parents' NGO work in India (Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy).

Sybil E. Sam is a junior political science major from Accra, Ghana. Her interest in social media stems from her role as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for BCAY-A Church on Yale's campus.

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