Karin Agness graduated with distinction in May 2006 with a BA in American Studies from the University of Virginia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Raven Society. She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.
Karin founded the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) in the fall of 2004 at the University of Virginia (www.enlightenedwomen.org). Started as a book club, NeW aims to cultivate a community of conservative women and expand intellectual diversity on university campuses. NeW members meet regularly to discuss issues relating to politics, gender and conservative principles. Karin has worked to expand NeW to universities throughout the country. NeW has been featured in The Washington Times, TIME Magazine Online, National Review Online, Human Events, Women's enews and The Cavalier Daily.
Karin, who hails from Indianapolis, interned in the office of Senator Lugar (R-IN) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2004. She has participated in several political campaigns. She is a columnist for The Virginia Advocate, a conservative UVA newsmagazine that she helped to revive, and has written columns for Townhall.com. In 2004, she was chosen as one of the "best and brightest young conservatives in America" to attend the Publius Program run by the Claremont Institute. In 2006, she was selected for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program. She has appeared on the Laura Ingraham Show, Bruce Elliot Show and CSPAN's The Washington Journal.