Meet the Editors

The Editors are the people in charge of the everyday running of the blog. They take care of everything from the administrative to the creative. They sometime publish pieces of their own, but their primary function is facilitating the publication of the many brilliant voices featured on The Clandestine.

The Editor-in-Chief also serves as Vice President of the KCL Women & Politics Society, and is voted in for each academic year by the members of the Society. The Features, Creative and Column Editors are selected by the Editor-in-Chief and the KCL W&P Society over the summer through an application process and interview.

Elaine Shak –  Editor-in-Chief


Elaine Shak is a second year student at King’s, her studies revolving around literature and the classics. She is particularly interested in feminism and how women are represented in politics, and you can find her reading seminal texts by influential women, such as Simone de Beauvoir and Virginia Woolf during her spare time.  Elaine is also interested in a wide range of topics, from decolonisation to psychology, and tries to explore how different theories intersect and are interconnected.  In addition to her academic responsibilities,  Elaine enjoys watching Netflix, stressing out over how there are too many books to read but too little time, and drinking too much coffee. 

Julia Hoffmann- General Editor


Julia Hoffmann is a second-year International Relations major. As she is half-German and half-Chinese, she has always been interested in geopolitics and foreign affairs. Her main goals at The Clandestine are exposing the ways in which women are systemically marginalized in the international realm and exploring how media coverage can exasperate or improve these disparities. As editor, she hopes to prompt contributors to delve beyond the surface level in their analysis and consider the wider consequences and implications of their topic.


Emily Budgens- General Editor 




We would also like to thank the previous editors, Madison Miszewski, who edited the blog from 2018 to 2020, Hannah Bondi, who edited the blog from 2017 to 2018, and Carina Minami Uchida and Celia Pannetier, who edited the blog from 2016 to 2017.