Our Team

Our current board members were all members of the 2018 WI Ideas Conference planning team, and our goal is to continue to mentoring new teams and to support them as they continue to build and define the conference’s purpose and impact.

Howard Schweber, Faculty Director

Howard Schweber joined the department in Fall 1999. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University and an MA in History from the University of Chicago after spending five years practicing law in Seattle and San Francisco. Schweber teaches courses focusing on constitutional law and legal and political theory. He is the author of “Democracy and Authenticity” (Cambridge, 2012), “The Language of Liberal Constitutionalism” (Cambridge, 2007), “The Creation of American Common Law”(Cambridge, 2004), and “Speech, Conduct, and the First Amendment” (Peter Lang, 2003) as well as articles, essays and book chapters on a variety of related topics.

Signe Janoska-Bedi, Managing Director and Board President


Signe Janoska-Bedi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. He love constitutional law and antiquities. He served as the Director of the 2019 Ideas Conference. He hopes to work in public policy.

Elissa Koppel, Vice-President

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Elissa Koppel serves as the Lead Workshop Coordinator for the 2019 Ideas Conference. In 2019, she will pursue a master’s degree in public affairs with a specialization in interest group politics at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.


Luke Georgiadis, Treasurer

Luke Georgiadis is an undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he double majors in Political Science and Economics. He works as the fundraiser and financial manager for the 2019 Ideas Conference, and as an editor of Sifting & Winnowing. After graduating in December, 2018, he is looking forward to getting involved in public policy.