International Academic Competitions – Varsity & JV Division Staff


David Madden – Founder and Executive Director

David Madden is the founder and Executive Director of International Academic Competitions, the parent organization of the US History Bee. Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999, college quizbowl for two years at Princeton University, and been involved on a full-time basis overseeing IAC since 2010, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic competition. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic quiz tournaments throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy! and champion of the Jeopardy! All Star Games tournament, a published art historian, and a runner and skier in his spare time. He was taking courses to become a high school history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history-themed quiz bowl tournament: the Tri-State History Bowl attended by 34 teams in May 2010. Soon after that, he put his teaching plans on hold to establish The National History Bee and Bowl. The US History Bee grew out of NHBB and was launched in the 2013-2014 academic year. David is also the founder of the International History Olympiad which brings together the best history students from around the world every two years. He can be reached at

Brad Fischer – Director of Question Production

brad-fischerBrad Fischer is the Director of Question Production for International Academic Competitions Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions, where he serves as lead editor for all IAC Varsity and JV question sets, coordinates writer teams, and assists with all other aspects of question production as needed. Brad brings over fifteen years of experience in the academic competition community to IAC as a player, tournament director, coach, organizer, and question writer and editor. He is a co-recipient, together with his wife, of the Rob Grierson Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award in Illinois, where he is based in the city of Rockford. He can be reached at


Marshall Mullins – Director of Logistics

marshall-mullinsMarshall is the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions. He also serves as Lead Tournament Coordinator where he is responsible for tournaments throughout most of the USA. He has long been active as a director and volunteer in the Missouri and Illinois quiz bowl circuits. He is based out of the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis and he can be reached at