Democracy in Danger

Saving the rule of the people — one episode at a time.

About Us

The people who make Democracy in Danger happen.

Co-host Will Hitchcock is the James Madison Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His work focuses on global history during the era of the two world wars and Cold War. Will has authored four books, including a New York Times bestseller — The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s — and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe. He is now writing about President Franklin Roosevelt and the struggle against European fascism. Will directs the research program Governing America in a Global Era, in partnership with the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @WillHitchUVA.

Co-host Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Modern Media Studies and the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He writes frequently for the Guardian and Wired, and is the author, most recently, of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. Siva has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and in several documentaries, including Terms and Conditions May Apply, a 2013 film about corporate and government surveillance of private data. Follow him on Twitter @sivavaid.

Robert Armengol is our producer. He’s an anthropologist and journalist with two decades of experience in immersive fieldwork, print and radio documentary, and teaching in higher education. Prior to joining the Karsh Institute, he was a Ford Fellow and, earlier, a postdoctoral College Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he also earned his Ph.D. in 2013. His doctoral research was supported by a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship and a Jefferson Scholars fellowship. Previously, Robert served as a coordinating producer for the public radio show BackStory, and as a reporter at Bloomberg News and daily newspapers in the Delaware Valley. Follow him on Twitter @robertoarmengol.

Rebecca Barry is our assistant producer, and also works on other podcast projects. She is pursuing an M.A. in English at the University of Virginia, with a concentration in teaching. Her research considers the interplay among science fiction, speculative fiction and Afrofuturism. Before coming to UVA, Rebecca taught English, history, theater and journalism over the course of seven years at schools in Minnesota, Shanghai, Brussels and Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College.

Elie Bashkow is our engineer and senior intern. He is a professional musician, record producer, audio guru and fourth-year UVa student from Charlottesville, Va. Elie is a Miller Arts Scholar and an Echols Scholar. He is majoring in music and minoring in anthropology. In 2022, Elie received the UVa Council’s Distinguished Arts Award in Music.

Eva Kretsinger-Walters helps edit the show and gives us a hand with promotions. A third-year UVa student studying foreign affairs and public policy, Eva took a year off after high school and moved to Ecuador, where she worked as an English teacher. When she isn’t interning or doing schoolwork, Eva is active in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, in Forge Academy and in a salsa club.

Ellis Nolan works on engineering stuff with Elie and tracks our analytics. He is a fourth-year student at UVa majoring in music. Before joining D in D, he worked on the media team at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, producing social media content, graphics and videos, as well as full episodes of the podcast Intersections in Public Service. An avid musician, Ellis is also co-producer of WXTJ student radio’s WXTJams series, and he plays bass guitar in a few local bands.

Bea Webster is our web content intern. She’s a third-year student at UVa, majoring in public policy and leadership with a minor in Spanish. She’s currently studying abroad in Valencia, Spain. But still working on the show! Amazing. In addition to interning on D in D, she serves as Best Buddies president, a Kindness Café Ambassador and Madison House volunteer. Like Eva, she’s a member of Pi Beta Phi. Just coincidence!


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