Our Editorial Board

Meet the 2018 – 2019 Team

Jonathan Cohen


Jonathan Cohen is a JD/MPP candidate at Yale Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. Before graduate school, he earned his AB from Brown University in 2015 and worked as an office manager at the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings. He has since worked on a range of civil rights issues, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career working at the intersection of racial justice and queer justice issues in law and policy.

During graduate school, he has participated in numerous public interest-oriented extracurricular activities, including serving as the Co-President of OutLaws (YLS’s queer student organization) and serving as a Director for the 2018 Rebellious Lawyering Conference.


Sam Barrak

Associate Editor

Sam is a Master in Public Policy 2020 candidate at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where they are also a Margaret Traub and Phyllis Dicker LGBT Graduate Fellow. Prior to graduate school, Sam spent most of their professional career at Bain & Company working on internal digital initiatives to enhance operational and strategic effectiveness. While at Bain, Sam also helped lead several efforts to promote transgender inclusion within the firm. A passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights and youth empowerment, Sam currently serves as a Commission Member on the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and also volunteers with Youth on Fire, a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth, many of whom identify as LGBTQ. After graduate school, Sam hopes to pursue a career working to improve outcomes for LGBTQ people.


Jackson Miller

Associate Editor

Jackson Miller (MPP 2020) comes to the Kennedy School after spending years mapping and exposing transnational criminal syndicates across sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia for law enforcement action. An Africa-China affairs specialist, Jackson’s has presented original research at the Association for Asian Studies (USA); Johns Hopkins University (USA); the Free University of Brussels (Belgium); and the Center for Afro-Hispanic Studies (Spain). Jackson’s current work examines the potential of gender- and queer-based mobilizations in shaping Africa-China affairs.

At the Kennedy School, Jackson is a political editor for the School’s Africa Policy Journal and looks forward to sharing work for several other student publications in Spring 2019. It is an honor for Jackson to help elevate the dynamism and leadership of our global community, at all of our intersections, as an editor of HKS’ LGBTQ Policy Journal.


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