About: Authors


Winter/Spring 2014

Keely Badger focuses on the role of the United Nations’ efforts to champion international law and diplomacy around universal human rights, peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention. Her research and scholarship has taken many forms. Keely’s MALS thesis drew from the emerging discourse on youth politics in the 21st Century, bringing a critical discourse analysis to the UN’s stated goals of youth empowerment and international participation in the UN forum, and the fundamental gap between implementing these stated aims, from words to deeds. Keely is currently working working in development and outreach for Human Rights Watch based out of Santa Monica, California.

Rachel Bates is originally from Johnson City, Tennessee. She graduated from East Tenessee State University in 2012 with a degree in English and History. She is currently continuing with her avid interest in the written word through her time at Dartmouth where she is pursuing a degree in creative writing. Though her heart belongs to poetry, Rachel is hoping to branch out in to other forms of writing. She is interested in all things Appalachia: the people, the places, the education, what comes out and what seems to get stuck in. She also spends time as a teaching assistant for a freshman writing course.

Carmen Brady has had an array of experiences since finishing from Dartmouth with an AB in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1998. She spent three years working as a juvenile services assistant for Child Haven in the Department of Family Services of Clark County, Nevada until moving to Washington, DC in 2006 where she worked as a Congressional intern in the House of Representatives. She transitioned to the Senate in 2007 with a permanent position as Constituent Services Coordinator for a Nevada Senator. When her time on Capitol Hill concluded in 2009, she had a decade of post undergrad experience upon which to reflect and was better positioned to make the series of choices which led her back to Dartmouth for grad school. She hopes that her time as a MALS. Creative Writing student will not only allow her to hone some of her underdeveloped creative gifts, but also build a bridge towards a career in helping coach and counsel others in the future.

Bridget Herrera is a part-time MALS student juggling life as a cashier at CVS and as a full-time single mother. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in the field of German Studies and she created a computerized program in Germanic Mythology as her senior thesis. During her tenure in the MALS program, her academic focus has been creative writing. Via this discipline, she has learned an eclectic style of writing, which includes dabbling in poetry, oral history, fiction and non-fiction. Each course has helped her evolve intellectually by providing a varying pallet of literary genres in which to develop her voice and style while probing deeper introspection. She is currently working on her thesis, a memoir entitled Root Awakenings.

Amani Liggett received her bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy at UC Davis in 2011. Afterwards she worked as an inner-city reading comprehension tutor in Sacramento, as well as a grant-writer for a Sacramento-based nonprofit that focused on refugee resettlement, victims of human trafficking, and helping the financially illiterate. Amani came to Dartmouth’s MALS program in fall of 2013 and is currently studying creative writing.

Kate Moritz was born in Kirby, Vermont and has spent most of her life devoted to the stories of the Northeast. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2010, Kate continued to pursue her love of the written word during her time at Dartmouth. Within the MALS program she studied creative writing and her short story, “Blood,” was included in her final thesis, a series of short stories entitled “Vermonters.” Kate also used her literary skills during her time as a previous co-editor-in-chief of The Journal. She currently resides in Passumpsic, Vermont where she is actively continuing to pursue her interest in writing and finding new forms of expression through poetry.

Janak Padhiar was born and raised in Denver, Colorado with a joint-family hailing from the rural village of Ugat, Gujarat, India. From being raised in the West to moving to the suburbs of Philadelphia, he finds it is only natural to continue his graduate studies at Dartmouth in Globalization Studies. Within this concentration, Janak is interested in the broad fields of economics, migration studies, development studies, place/space, and refugee studies. He completed his undergraduate degree with Honors in Sociology modified by Environmental Studies and Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University in 2013. Apart from my studies, I am also a recreational lacrosse and squash enthusiast along with traveling all over the world. He plans to take this interdisciplinary spirit with him at the University of Oxford in October 2014 as a doctoral student in the School of Geography and International Development.

John M. Rodgers taught high school English for a number of years at Daewon Foreign Language High School in Seoul, Korea before returning to his home state of New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College. John also served as a writer and editor for several publications in Korea including 3WM and Groove Magazine where he currently serves as editor-at-large. He has written for the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Asia Times, The Korea Herald and the Korea Times, among others. He is focusing on second-language education, and composition here at the College, and he is working with the international section of freshman composition.

Kristopher Shultz was born in Washington where he first became involved in safer-sex outreach and HIV/AIDS prevention. Extremely committed to promoting LGBTQI education and programs, Kristopher is the Education Director of the non-profit organization TEACH Alliance, a group dedicated to providing workshops and presentations around the country to cover such topics as safe zone trainings, queer sexual assault support groups, foster parenting, homeless shelter accessibility, healthcare, and writing. His interests include issues of queer youth homelessness and creating more accessible homeless shelters and campus environments. He is currently in the process of completing his degree in cultural studies.