Faculty Bio

Karin Agness

Karin Agness

Karin Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), the nation’s premier organization for conservative university women. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she founded NeW after a summer internship on Capitol Hill. Karin has worked to grow NeW from a book club at one campus into a national organization with chapters on campuses nationwide. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, she practiced law at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC.


Karin regularly speaks on campuses and to groups working to reach out to women or young people. She has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, such as Fox and Friends, Hannity, The Kelly File, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Laura Ingraham Radio Show and The Monica Crowley Radio Show, among others. She has had editorials published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, U.S. News Weekly, Politico, The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Tampa Tribune. One of her stories appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles.


In 2013, Karin was named to the Maverick PAC 40 under 40 list, which celebrates “a list of professionals deemed by their peers from across the country as up-and-coming leaders for the next-generation of Republicans.”  She was also named to Red Alert Politics 30 under 30 list.  In 2012, Karin was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy