Our Judges

VDR appoints judges who pass a preliminary round of applications. Most of our judges have a hefty experience in debate: captains of their high school debate team, current college debaters, state champions, and nationally-ranked speakers. Regardless, all of our judges will undergo two rounds of judge training before their first tournament. As an organization run by current and former debaters, we are eager to provide competitors with the most fair, fruitful, and fun debate experience.

Arianna Pahlavan

Applied Physics,

Columbia University

Rebekah Agwunobi

Computer Science,

Columbia University

Noah Im

Philosophy, Politics, and Law,

Binghamton University

Lilia Brooker

Political Science,

Columbia University

Matthew Taj

Applied Math and Statistics,

Johns Hopkins University

Olivia Ferrucci

CW and Econ-Political Science,

Columbia University

Devan Singh

Philosophy and Comp Literature,

University of Chicago

Aidan Fitzgerald

Philosophy and Economics,

University of Chicago

John Michael Magloire

History and Political Science, 

Northwestern University

Hajar Kossir

Economics-Mathematics,

Columbia University

Swati Madankumar

Medicine, Literature and Society,

Barnard College at Columbia

Gabriella Shayani

Biology,

Vanderbilt University

Hamza Malik

International Affairs and Poli Sci,

Elliott School of International Affairs at GW

Mohit Kundnani

English and Psychology,

University of New York at Albany

Lori Luo

Biomedical Engineering,

Columbia University

Morgan McNulty

Applied Mathematics,

Columbia University

Kimia Khaledi

Financial Economics,

Columbia University

Anthony Barisano

Neuroscience,
Brown University

Michelle Gery

Industrial and Labor Relations,

Cornell University

Mohammad Ullah

Juris Doctorate (JD),
University of Houston Law Center

Tamima Sultana

Biology,

Barnard College at Columbia

Saied Beckford

Econ, CS, and Applied Math,

Rutgers University

Dan Hepworth

Computer Science and Finance,

Duke University

Tara Habibi

Economics of Education,

Teachers College at Columbia

Dia Shah

Biology,

RPI/Albany Medical College

Brandon Lee

Political Science, 

Binghamton University

Kennedy Salamat

Biomedical Engineering,
Columbia University

Alex Serbanescu

Art History,

University of Chicago

Aman Jaisinghani

Business Economics,

UCLA

Andrew Fang

Computer Science, 

Stanford University

Shruti Verma

Computer Science,
Columbia University

Fraye Beyene

Computer Science,

Columbia University

Alan Wang

Operations Research-Analytics,

Columbia University

Sean Lochner

 Kinesiology and Health Sciences,

William & Mary

Shiv Patil

Neuroscience and Behavior,

Columbia University

Madhav Subramanian

Biochem and Bioinformatics-CS,

Washington University

Lauro Yzaguirre

Finance,
University of Texas

Anuj Gupta

Biology,

Columbia University

Ricka Martin-Tijerina

Juris Doctorate (JD),

University of Houston Law Center

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