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, Kathryn Haenni, 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.



Valerie Calvo, President Emerita

Senior | Physics and English
Joined: October 15th, 2018

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Deniz Erdal, President Pro Tempore

Junior | Contemporary European Studies and Information Science
Joined: September 27, 2021


“Ed Markey’s desk was thrown out into the hall by the statehouse bosses… Markey’s bill is now the law.”

– Ed Markey for Congress Campaign Ad

Jasmine Werry, Senator 

Junior | Philosophy and Chemistry
Joined: October 18, 2021

“Without signs there is no ideology.”

– Valentin Nikolaevich Voloshinov

Logan Grodsky, Senator

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

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Ladder of St. Augustine

Nathaniel Shue, Joint Senate President

Junior | Public Policy and Political Science
Joined: November 8, 2021

“I thought you knew this already.’

– Dar Williams

Maddux Vernon, Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa

Junior | 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

Matthew Tweden, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium 

Junior | Public Policy and Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: November 17, 2021

“The higher our standards, the greater our progress, the more we can do for the world.”

– President J. Calvin Coolidge

Erica Boey Yyng Shan, Senator 

Senior | Advertising & PR and Political Science
Joined: November 17, 2021

“Ditch your boyfriend and date me, I’ll be your best Boey.”

Anna Crist, Critic

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

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

– Jane Austen

Bruce McRae, Senator

Junior | Philosophy
Joined: April 2oth, 2022

“Fun things are fun.”

– Hirasawa Yui

Conor Buchanan, Senator

Sophomore | Peace, War, & Defense
Joined: October 3rd, 2022

“I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

– Adam Savage

Sophie van Duin, Senator

Junior | 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, Senator

Junior | History
Joined: October 17th, 2022

““Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla clíste.”


Rania Alaoui, Clerk

Sophomore | Philosophy and History
Joined: October 24th, 2022

“And since I can sever myself neither from the objectivity that crushes me, nor from the subjectivity that exiles me; and since I am neither permitted to evolve into Being, nor to succumb to nothingness, I must listen; I must look around myself now more than ever, at the world; my fellow; my brother.

– Jean-Luc Godard

Senator Ellis

Senior | German Literature
Joined: October 24th, 2022

“Doubt grows with knowledge.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nicole Belcher, Senator

Junior | History and Communication
Joined: November 7th, 2022

“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Gabby Garner, Senator

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

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

– Aliki Theofilopoulos

Cormac Lynch, Senator

Junior | 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

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

“Mental illness is not funny.”

– Phillip K. Dick, VALIS

 Ashley Dowdney, Sergeant-at-Arms

Sophomore| 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

Sophomore | Computer Science
Joined: February 27th, 2023

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

– Abraham Lincoln

Neil Sharma, Senator

 Senior | Public Policy and Japanese
Joined: April 10th, 2023

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

-The Great Kamina

Addie Rockoff, Senator

 First-Year | 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

First-Year | Economics and Public Policy
Joined: October 16th, 2023

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

– Frank Ocean’s Mom

Kathryn Haenni, Di President

Junior | English and Comparative Literature
Joined: October 16th, 2023

“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.”

– Don Miguel Ruiz

Katie Fiore, Senator

First-Year | History and Public Policy
Joined: October 23rd, 2023

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Gabriel Walsh, Senator

First-Year | 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