Monica Youn

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Monica Youngna Youn is an American poet and lawyer.


She was raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy (Texas), Princeton University, Yale Law School with a J.D., and Oxford University with a M. Phil, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

She is the author of two books of poems.[1] Her second collection Ignatz was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry.[2] Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker,[3] Poetry Magazine,[4] The Paris Review,[5] among other journals. She has given readings at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),[6] on NPR's All Things Considered[7] and was a keynote reader at the 2012 AWP Conference.[8] She teaches creative writing at Princeton University[9] and at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.[10]

She was previously the inaugural Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at New York University Law School.[11] She formerly directed the campaign finance reform project at the Brennan Center for Justice.[11] She is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States[12] and was co-lead counsel for Defendant-Intervenors in McComish v. Bennett (2011).[13] She has appeared on PBS Newshour,[14]Hardball with Chris Matthews,[15] Bill Moyers Journal,[16] and Need to Know (PBS).[17] She is the editor of Money, Politics and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United.[18] She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee,[19] the House Judiciary Committee,[20] and the House Committee on Administration.[21]

She was a pledged delegate for Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[22] She has written for Slate,[23] the Los Angeles Times,[24] and the Huffington Post.[25]

She lives in Manhattan.[26]





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  24. ^ Youn, Monica (10 January 2010). "Giving corporations an outsized voice in elections". Los Angeles Times. 
  25. ^ Youn, Monica. "Monica Youn". Huffington Post. 
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