Isabella Ciambotti, a former VQR intern, is a writer and designer in Charlottesville, VA. She was a recipient of the Wagenheim Memorial Scholarship at the University of Virginia, where she studied literary prose.
Alexander Brock joins the Virginia Quarterly Review as Associate Editor. Previously, Alex worked with VQR as a fact-checker, while also teaching Arabic as an adjunct instructor at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
From 2009 to 2010, Alex was a Fulbright Scholar in Cairo, Egypt, conducting independent research in philosophy. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, in Washington, DC, as a research associate for Middle East studies, in addition to being National Geographic’s translation reviewer for the French and Arabic editions of the magazine. Some of his work has appeared in venues such as Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and McSweeney’s.
Alex received his BA in philosophy from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 2008.