In addition to the Board members listed below, there are a number of current students and recent alumni serving as acting directors on the Sifting & Winnowing Foundation.

Howard Schweber, Faculty Director

Howard Schweber joined the University of Wisconsin Political Science 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.

Sig Janoska-Bedi, Managing Director and Board President


Sig Janoska-Bedi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. He loves constitutional law and antiquities. He served as the Director of the 2018 and 2019 Ideas Conferences.

Elissa Koppel, Board Vice-President

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Elissa Koppel served as the Workshop Coordinator for the 2019 Ideas Conference and previously worked as an editor of the Undergraduate Journal. She completed her master’s degree in 2020 and plans to work in public policy.


Luke Georgiadis, Board Treasurer

Luke Georgiadis graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018, where he double majored in Political Science and Economics. He worked as the fundraiser and financial manager for the 2019 Ideas Conference, and as an editor of the Undergraduate Journal.