Dardis McNamee — Editor in Chief, Publisher
Dardis McNamee is Editor in Chief of The Vienna Review. In her long career in journalism she has been a correspondent for, among others, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler in New York, and for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as a speechwriter to two US ambassadors to Austria.
She is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Music and Political Science and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna in Contemporary History, where she is researching the influence of public relations on 20th century politics and the causes of war.
She is a former Research Professor of Media Communications at Webster University Vienna where she was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching for Webster Worldwide and in 2010 was granted Austrian Citizenship of Honor “for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic.”
She is the co-author of the 2011 Frommer’s Vienna and the Danube Valley. She has lived in Vienna for 16 years.
Margaret Childs — Managing Editor
Margaret (Maggie) Childs is the Managing Editor at The Vienna Review. Born in New York, she has lived in Vienna for 15 years. She has been a freelance travel- and feature-writer for publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Gig Magazine, Europe for Dummies and various in-flight magazines. She has reviewed Vienna’s restaurants for ZAGAT and also co-authored Frommer’s Complete Guide for Austria 2011 and Frommer’s Vienna and the Danube Valley 2011.
For the past 7 years, she has been a stringer for The Associated Press Vienna office and has worked as a TV correspondent for Press TV, in both cases with a focus on energy issues (IAEA, OPEC).
She has a Magister in Philosophy from the University of Vienna, with a concentration on Philosophy of Economics.
Mona Tömböl – Events Editor
Mona Tömböl is the Events Editor and a contributing writer at The Vienna Review.
Born and raised in Austria, she first set foot on British soil for a school-project near Bristol, where she worked with disabled people on a farm. Since then, she has spent a year abroad in Cork, Ireland as part of her BA in Philosophy. She is currently completing her degrees in Philosophy and English and American Studies at the University of Vienna.
She has worked behind the scenes of small theatre and amateur short-film productions and has developed a keen interest in arts and culture. After her studies she plans to travel the world, write a handful of novels, script a TV show and supply an exhibition with her artworks.
Philippe Schennach – Online Editor and Social Media
Philippe Schennach has been a regular contributor to The Vienna Review since February 2012. His areas of interest include politics, international relations, international development, history and economics.
A native of Vienna, he holds a BA in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University, UK, where he was Talks Organiser for the Warwick International Development Summit 2009. After doing his civil service and working as an English teacher in Zhengzhou and Nanjing, China, he returned to Vienna in June 2012 and started his MA in Political Science, concentrating on East Asian Economics and Society.
His travels over the past couple of years have taken him around the world through China and Indonesia, to Ghana and Nigeria, and to most of the countries of Europe.
He is fluent in English and German, and can communicate in Chinese.