Mary H. Akdemir, Undergraduated Student

New York University  

Mary H. Akdemir


New York University  

B.A. in Global Liberal Studies and Philosophy, May 2019                                                          


President, The Review and Debates at NYU   

May 2018 – Present

Facilitate social, cultural, and political exchange for over 300 members on campus. Moderate 4-6 annual events featuring prominent guests speakers, including professors, journalists, lawyers, and other distinguished professionals.


Editor-in-Chief, The Review and Debates at NYU               

January 2017 – May 2018

Published three themed issues featuring long-form articles written by students. Wrote “Notes from the Editor” introducing each issue and “Debate Debriefs” highlighting key arguments presented by participants in our debate series.

Discussions, & Public Debates

Moderator, “An Evening with Floyd Abrams: Trump, the Press, and the First Amendment,” The Review and Debates at NYU, New York (Nov. 2018)

Moderator, “Resolved: Humanitarian Aid by NGOs has Done More Harm Than Good,” The Review and Debates at NYU, New York (Oct. 2018)

Honors & Awards                                                                                   

National Policy Case Competition Winner, NYU Politics Society                                                2017

University Leadership Honors Scholar, NYU                                                                                 2017 Dean’s Circle Presidential Honors Scholar, NYU                                                              2016 – 2017

Non-Academic Publications                                                                  

The Nation

“These Students Are Teaming up to Pay Dollar Bails for Detained New Yorkers”      

January 2018

“In New York, the Fight to End Gun Violence is Student-Led”

July 2018


Arabic, Aramaic (Turoyo), English, German