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, Addie Rockoff, 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.


Jasmine Werry, Senator 

Senior | Philosophy and Chemistry
Joined: October 18, 2021

“Without signs there is no ideology.”

– Valentin Nikolaevich Voloshinov

Logan Grodsky, Senator

Senior | Business Administration and Public Policy
Joined: October 18, 2021

“Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “A Psalm of Life”

Nathaniel Shue, President Emeritus

Senior | Political Science and History
Joined: November 8, 2021

“If we find it necessary for the sake of policy and fear for our appropriations to shackle this freedom, let us honestly recognize that just so far as we are ceasing to be a real university, and above all let us not cover our action with a pious pretense of morality.”

– The Carolina Magazine, 1926

Maddux Vernon, Ambassador to the Italian Republic

Senior | Political Science and Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: November 15, 2021

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”

– Ivan Turgenev

Anna Crist, Joint Senate President

Senior | Biology and English
Joined: February 28th, 2022

“He had emerged from a two years’ spell of revery to find himself in the midst of a new scene, every event and figure of which affected him intimately, disheartened him or allured and, whether alluring or disheartening, filled him always with unrest and bitter thoughts. All the leisure which his school life left him was passed in the company of subversive writers whose jibes and violence of speech set up a ferment in his brain before they passed out of it into his crude writings.”

James Joyce

Bruce McRae, Senator

Senior | Philosophy
Joined: April 2oth, 2022

“Fun things are fun.”

– Hirasawa Yui

Conor Buchanan, Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland

Junior | Public Policy and History
Joined: October 3rd, 2022

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

– Richard Bach, Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Sophie van Duin, Senator

Senior | Peace, War, & Defense and Hispanic Literatures & Cultures
Joined: October 10th, 2022

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

– Erin Morgenstern, the Night Circus

Daniel Gallagher, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Senior | History
Joined: October 17th, 2022

“To have ruined one’s self over poetry is an honour.”

– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey

Rania Alaoui,  Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Junior | Philosophy and Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: October 24th, 2022

“Fine philosophers take vitalism to court.”

– Jean Baudrillard

Gabby Garner, Senator

Senior | Psychology and Neuroscience
Joined: November 7th, 2022

“I’m feeling such an odd mixture of pride and mortal terror.”

– Aliki Theofilopoulos

Cormac Lynch, President Pro Tempore

Senior | Economics
Joined: November 14th, 2022

“What is important is not to see but to understand.”

– Inscribed on the tombstone of a blind girl at Lourdes, brought there seeking the miracle of sight

 Dean Pearce, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kazakhstan; the Collective Security Treaty Organization; the Commonwealth of Independent States; the Economic Cooperation Organization; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization; the Eurasian Economic Community; the Organization of Turkic States; the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Senior | Biology and Chemistry
Joined: November 16th, 2022

“Mental illness is not funny.”

– Phillip K. Dick, VALIS

 Ashley Dowdney, Senator

Junior | Classics and Peace, War, and Defense
Joined: February 27th, 2023

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.”

– Persius Satire 1.7, Epigraph to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”

Christopher McClanahan, Senator

Junior | Computer Science
Joined: February 27th, 2023

“Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Neil Sharma, Senator

Graduate | Masters in Public Policy
Joined: April 10th, 2023

“If you don’t believe in yourself, believe in the me that believes in you!”

– The Great Kamina

Addie Rockoff, Di President

 Sophomore | Global Studies and Judaic Studies
Joined: October 9th, 2023

“Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”

– Milan Kundera

Tolu Osungbesan, Senator

Sophomore | Economics and Public Policy
Joined: October 16th, 2023

“Don’t try to act like someone else… be secure with yourself.”

– Frank Ocean’s Mom

Katie Fiore, Senator

Sophomore | History and Public Policy
Joined: October 23rd, 2023

“Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?.”

– John Keats, May 1819

Gabriel Walsh, Clerk

Senior | Political Science and Public Policy
Joined: November 6th, 2023

“That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Nicholas Hinson, Senator

Sophomore | Psychology and Computer Science
Joined: January 22nd, 2024

“The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.”

– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Elias North, Historian

Sophomore | History and American Studies
Joined: March 4th, 2024

“Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life, for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and MINGLE MY BLOOD FURTHER WITH THE BLOOD OF MY CHILDREN, and with the blood of millions in this Slave country, whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments – I say; LET IT BE DONE.”

– John Brown, at his trial

Kaitlyn Maloy, Treasurer

Sophomore | Political Science and Public Policy
Joined: March 18th, 2024

“I got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song, they know I’m gonna be okay, yeah, it’s a party in the U.S.A.”

– Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA

Lena Osborne, Senator

Sophomore | Music and Statistics
Joined: March 25th, 2024

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

– Mr. Tilney, Northanger Abbey

Garrett Barnes, Senator

 Junior | Political Science and Public Policy
Joined: April 1st, 2024

“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

– Mark Twain


Doug Daniel, Senator

Junior | Political Science and Business
Joined: April 15th, 2024

“The things we fear the most have already happened to us.”

– Robin Williams