About: Editors


Fall 2015


Amanda Spoto (primarily known as Spo!) grew up in Staten Island, New York, and now resides in Jackson, NJ. She is a 2014 alumna undergraduate from Dartmouth College with a major in English and a minor in Native American Studies. Spo was recruited to Dartmouth as a thrower for the Varisty Track and Field Team, and participated on the Women's Rugby Club team and the Women's Basektball Club team. She is currently on the Cultural Studies track in MALS while serving as the Student Life Chair on the Graduate Student Council and as Senior Editor for the Dartmouth Law Journal. She is also employed at the Collis Center, Baker Library, and at a law office in Hanover. She has a strong interest in law school, and may soon pursue a PhD. in either Cultural/Liberal Studies, American Studies, or English Literature.

Emily Hedges grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and now lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She came to the Upper Valley from Minnesota where she worked as a freelancer, contributing regular articles to ECM-Sun Newspaper Group in the Twin Cities and managing blog book tours for authors. Prior to that, she worked in editorial marketing for TV Guide Networks, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and a small ad agency. She entered the Creative Writing track in the MALS program to elevate the quality of her writing and to prepare for a second career as a high school and college teacher.

Assistant Editors

Robert A. Kaufman is a Texan poet. He graduated from Brown and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo. His writing has been featured in Blaire magazine, Extract(s), FD magazine, and Fjords Review.

Brittany Murphy is a Florida native, hailing from a small town in South West Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with dual degrees in Humanities and Religion and Cultural Studies, as well as a minor in Mass Communications. Brittany worked in the Non-Profit sector after receiving her BA and is now in her first year of the Dartmouth MALS program with a concentration in Cultural Studies. Brittany's research interests concern the areas of queer theory, gender studies, U.S. popular culture and the intersections of race and class. After the MALS program she plans to pursue a PhD and return to a research driven Non-Profit.

Gregory Poulin is currently studying Government and Globalization in MALS. He is an alumni of Wheaton College where he earned his BA in Political Science and History. His research has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Diplomat, Real Clear World, and China-US Focus.

Kaitlin Serota is originally from South Florida. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a BA in Art History, and is currently pursuing the Cultural Studies track in MALS. Her future goal is to attend law school or a PhD program.

Maria Semmens is a NJ native and alumna of Rutgers University where she majored in Women's & Gender Studies. She has recently dived headfirst into the thesis stage of her MA at Dartmouth; her topic utilizes selected novels from author Neil Gaiman, contextualizing them in order to create a foundation for a postmodern analysis of American culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The specific perspectives that Semmens wishes to deal with include the relationship between the formation of an American sociocultural collective memory and its subsequent influence on the creation of a mythos of modernity. In her spare time she serves as her Graduate Student Council's Web-chair, and as minion to her two cats. Her future plans include surviving her thesis and moving back to NJ for the continuation of her academic studies.

Lydia Shahi graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Anthropology. She is pursuing a Creative Writing cocentration in the MALS program, and her strength and passion lies in writing contemporary, young adult fiction. When she's not writing, she spends her free time teaching (and practicing) yoga, hanging out with her dogs, hiking and exploring outside.

Xu (Sarah) Wang is a second year MALS student with a concentration in Globalisation Studies. Born and raised in China, she studied Economics and Finance in her undergraduate studies. Before she came to Dartmouth, she worked at a consulting firm and at a private equity company based in Shanghai. She is interested in the topics of international relations, economic development and east asian cultural studies.

*Assistant editors who have also contributed pieces to The Journal are listed on the Authors page.