The Dialectic Senate proudly carries on the tradition of Society father James Mebane, who presided over the first student organization at the University of North Carolina and the second student organization at any American university. The Dialectic Society has always stood as UNC’s symbol of student extracurricular achievement. The ideals of virtus and scientia and the current Dialectic President, Nikita Bisht, guide the Society as it continually strives to better itself and the university. Below is a list of active Dialectic Senators. The Dialectic Constitution may be viewed here.




Lauren Umberger, Senator

Senior | Biology
Joined: October 27, 2014

The mountains are calling and I must go.

– John Muir


Jacob BellSenator

Senior | History & English
Joined: October 27, 2014

“Nothing is so necessary for the young man as the society of clever people.”

– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


Jeremy HowellSenator

Senior | History & Art History
Joined: November 10, 2014

“Caput Nili quaerere.”


Ronald DingJoint Senate President Emeritus

Senior | Business Administration & Computer Science
Joined: December 1, 2014

“I once shot two stones with one bird.”



Stephen MountainsmithHistorian

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense
Rejoined: August 24, 2015

“Old anchormen, you see, don’t fade away; they just keep coming back for more.”

-Walter Cronkite


Sarah YaghoubiSenator

Senior | Biology
Joined: October 26, 2015

“I’m extremely skeptical of the role of fruit in Newton’s life.”


Joseph Cox, Senator

Junior | French & Journalism
Joined: February 22, 2016

Vouloir, c’est pouvoir!”

Denton Ong

Denton OngSenator

Junior | History & Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: March 21, 2016

“What’s past is prologue”

– Shakespeare, The Tempest


Nikita BishtDi President

Junior | Biology & Psychology
Joined: March 21, 2016

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

– Henry David Thoreau


John Jacobi, Associate Member

Joined: April 11, 2016

“God, I hope we go down like Rome.”


Jason NaultyCritic

Senior | Business Administration & Political Science
Joined: April 18, 2016

“Humanity I love you because you are perpetually putting the secret of life in your pants and forgetting it’s there and sitting down on it”

– E. E. Cummings


George Gildehaus, Senator

Junior | Environmental Studies
Joined: November 7, 2016

“I like birds.”

– Mark Oliver Everett

Logan ShautSenator

Senior | Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: November 28, 2016


Marc BruntonSenator

Junior | English & Public Policy
Joined: January 30, 2017

 “They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.”

– William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Jordan Jamison, Senator

Senior | Political Science
Joined: April 17, 2017

“And half the time I open my mouth to speak, it’s to repeat something that I’ve heard on TV / and I’ve destroyed everything that wouldn’t make me more like Bruce Springsteen” 

Titus Andronicus, The Battle of Hampton Roads

Brenee GoforthSenator

Senior | Political Science
Joined: April 30, 2017

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” 

– Napoleon Bonaparte

Sarah BarnettSenator

Junior | Peace, War, and Defense & Hispanic Linguistics
Joined: April 30, 2017

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze.” 

St. Catherine of Siena

Erik Thorsheim, Senator

Sophomore | Public Policy
Joined: October 9, 2017

Nur RoblehSenator

Junior | Political Science
Joined: October 23, 2017

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” 

– Horace Mann

Emily Lewis, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Rachel Moskowitz, Senator

Joined: November 13, 2017

Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.”