Peggy Xu

Peggy Xu


A classicist by training and politico by choice, Peggy has spent her academic life probing how the written word has reshaped worlds both ancient and new.

A double major in classics and American law at the University of Chicago, Peggy studied everything from Lincoln’s speechcraft to Ciceronian rhetoric in her interdisciplinary coursework. During her time in Chicago, she honed her communication and fact-finding skills as a Shriver Fellow at the Institute of Politics, the Chair of her student government’s College Council, and an intern at the nonprofit CivicLab, where she produced a 6-part podcast series on city politics. Peggy’s infatuation with speechwriting began in 2015, when she heard, as a White House intern, President Obama deliver a moving statement on Obergefell v. Hodges just moments after the decision broke.  

Most recently, Peggy attended the University of Cambridge on the Lionel Pearson fellowship, where she read and wrote extensively on Roman imperial history before joining the West Wing Writers team.

A serial hobbyist, Peggy is also a Junior Olympic fencer, a retired figure skater, and a martial arts black belt. She is from Johns Creek, Georgia, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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