Meet your JCC I Director, Brendan Hogan!

Brendan is a junior at UConn working towards a dual degree in political science and psychology (B.A.) and a separate degree in philosophy. Last year he served as the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and has also spent four years participating in Model UN on his high school’s team. Besides participating in UCMUN, he loves to interview people for Humans of UConn and enjoys spending his spring break with HASB, an alternative UConn spring break group, working alongside Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, he loves to spend time traveling both across the nation and internationally, hiking, and relaxing in his hammock. Feel free to reach out to him at


Meet your JCC I Topic Specialist, Noah Frank!

Bio coming soon!


Meet your JCC II Director, Chris Choi!

Bio coming soon!


Meet your JCC II Topic Specialist, Addison Poffenberger!

Addison is a sophomore currently majoring in economics and minoring in history and German. This is his second year on the UCMUN staff, and he was an administrative assistant for JCC at last year’s conference. Outside of UCMUN, Addison was the leader of a group of students that started their own business, enjoys spending time volunteering as a youth soccer coach, and started his high school’s Model UN club. Addison also loves to talk about history, soccer, and politics in his free time, and he is thrilled to be a part of JCC, hoping to make it a truly remarkable conference for the delegates. Feel free to email him with any questions you may have at



Topic: English Succession Crisis

The year is 1558 C.E. and Queen Mary I of England has fallen ill, and having been unable to bear a child, names her half-sister Elizabeth I her heir much to her disdain. Elizabeth I is the child of the late King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Due to the annulment of her parents’ marriage, as well as her Protestant faith, Elizabeth is deemed illegitimate in the eyes of the Catholic faith, and her ascension to the English throne has disgruntled Church officials in the Vatican as well as Catholic nobles at home. According to traditionally-held canons of succession, the true heir to the English throne is Mary, Queen of Scots, a devout Catholic, and great niece of King Henry VII of England. The controversy surrounding the English throne will persist as long as both Queens with claims to the throne are alive. Thus, the privy councils of Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I strategize amongst themselves in order to hold the English crown.