Amani Liggett is from Sacramento, California, and received her BA 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, rescuing victims of human trafficking, and helping the financially illiterate. Amani began attending the MALS program in the fall of 2013, where she is now Co-Editor-in-Chief of The MALS Journal. Through Dartmouth she attended a Literature Summer School at Oxford University (and will return again this summer), and presented a paper on the Haitian Revolution at the 2014 AGLSP annual conference. Amani has just completed her thesis about the history of women who have acted as Hamlet onstage.
Kelsey Smith grew up in East Corinth, Vermont where she graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a BA in political science. After college, Kelsey worked as a public relations and communications assistant for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and then as an ac- count management specialist at The Advisory Board Company, a health- care consulting company based in Washington, D.C. In the winter of 2014, she ventured back to New England to attend the MALS program at Dartmouth where she is now Co-Editor-in-Chief of The MALS Journal. Kelsey is currently finishing her thesis: an oral and narrative study on the lives of foreign correspondents. Now living in Houston,Texas, Kelsey is a Brand Manager for The Black Sheep Agency, a cause-based strategic branding agency.
Jeffrey Hatch is a graduate of Boise State University, where he earned a BA in Philosophy. He is currently studying globalization in the MALS program. He is also an active duty Captain in the US Army and has been an officer since he received his commission in 2005. He has served two combat deployments in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, and has been a Company Commander with over 200 soldiers under his command. His thesis research will focus on issues of security and conflict in the rapidly developing era of globalization.
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 executing blog book tours for authors. Prior to that she spent 10 years working as an editorial marketing and promotions specialist for local television affiliates, a small ad agency, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and TV Guide Networks. Hedges entered the creative writing track in the MALS program to accomplish two goals: to elevate the quality of her writing and to prepare for a second career as a high school and college teacher.
*Emily Hedges is also a contributing author to this edition of The Journal. See "Grandpa's War." p 91.
Gregory Poulin is currently studying government and globalization in MALS at Dartmouth; he is an alumni of Wheaton College where he earned his BA in po- litical science and history. His research has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Diplomat, Real Clear World and China-US Focus.
Maria Semmens is a New Jersey native. She attended Rutgers University where she majored in Women's & Gender Studies and American Literature. She enjoys the non-traditional and eccentric; the macabre and occult, dystopian realms; and the dark interiors of society that so often go un-discussed. Also relevant: Harry Potter, animal memes, black metal, and anything that involves throwaway trivia- centric knowledge.
Amanda Spoto is originally from Staten Island, New York, is a 2014 alumna undergraduate from Dartmouth College. She majored in English (concentration in Cultural Studies and Popular Culture) with a minor in Native American Stud- ies. She wrote a senior English honors thesis entitled, "Decoding the Alternate Gaze Amidst the American Labyrinth: Counter Memory and Re-remembering in Native American Literature" under Professor Pease and Professor Taylor. She is now in the MALS program and is currently on the Cultural Studies track. She has a strong interest in law school, and may soon pursue a Ph.D.
*Amanda Spoto is also a contributing author to this edition of The Journal. See, "Decolo- nizing Terrorizing Zombies: Pathologizing Gender, Sexuality, and Race Through the Looking Glass." p. 26.