Clamantis: The MALS Journal

Clamantis: The MALS Journal  is a biannual publication for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. We showcase the strongest creative and analytical work produced by current MALS students, as well as MALS alumni.

"To chase down the truth, wherever it lies."

About Clamantis

We believe by selecting and integrating work from all four of the program's concentrations, we will promote intellectual engagement, fruitful questioning, and honest discourse within the realm of liberal studies.

We are currently accepting submissions in all MALS concentrations. We are looking for creative (short story, short non-fiction, poetry, photos) as well as analytical pieces. If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in writing a feature piece, please email [email protected]

Submission Guidelines

We are looking for anything you’ve produced during your time in MALS, or since graduating from the program (unless you are a budding photographer or artist—then please do also share your artwork from outside the program!)

  • Creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, oral history, screenwriting)
  • Critical essays (interdisciplinary)
  • Photography
  • Illustrations


  • Submit your documents in Word. No PDFs please.
  • Although there is no word-count limit, authors whose work is accepted may be asked to edit for length.
  • Photography: All photographs should be high-resolution (300 dpi) saved as a JPEG. Please include a title/caption.
  • We prefer endnotes. You may submit work for consideration with footnotes, but if accepted, we ask you make the change.
  • Work submitted must be completed during your time in MALS or since graduation.
  • All selected authors should provide a short bio within a week of acceptance in a separate Word document.
  • If you publish in Clamantis, you are allowed to publish your work elsewhere. Publication in Clamantis should not hinder your ability to publish the piece elsewhere.

Please submit to: [email protected]. Pieces will be reviewed and selected by an editorial board comprised of current MALS students with input from faculty liaison Anna Minardi.



Justine M. Kohr is a freelance writer and a communications manager at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. She is on the creative writing track of the MALS Program. She has written for the Hartford Advocate, the Valley News, the Quechee Times, Here in Hanover magazine, Image magazine, Dartmouth Now, Tuck Today, and others.


Haley Johnston is a first year MALS student who is concentrating on globalization studies. She continues to hone her skills as a writer and editor through her work as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate writing course, and through her participation in the Dartmouth Writers Society. 


Maisea Bailey is a New Hampshire native and holds a bachelor's degree in art history, with a minor in Italian studies from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Maisea held positions at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and with the New Hampshire Art Association in Portsmouth, NH. Maisea is a first-year MALS student concentrating in cultural studies. Maisea also serves as the admissions coordinator for the MALS program at Dartmouth.

Priyanka Sivaramakrishnan was a professional corporate lawyer till she decided to write for and teach children. She worked as a storyteller and has published several books for young adults. She is now studying creative writing in the MALS program and works as a teaching assistant for the Writing 2-3 class. Her secret passion is cooking and dreams of opening a publishing house with a local bakery. She grew up in Chennai, India.

Kevin Warstadt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied film and literature at Georgia Tech where he earned his B.S. in science, technology, and culture. While there he directed the award nominated short film, With a Whimper. He now studies writing and culture in the MALS Program and works as the digital program fellow at the Dartmouth College Library. He manages and is a contributor to


Ken Davis is a writer and artist. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Virginia Tech in 1994, and was awarded the John Eure Award for Excellence in Journalism the same year. For many years he worked as a daily newspaper reporter and stringer for the Associated Press, doing freelance work on the side as an editorial illustrator for newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. His 2013 cover illustration for Sojourners magazine earned the prestigious Ozzie Award for Best Cover. Currently he is a MALS student at Dartmouth studying creative writing and world literature.


Analisa Goodmann is a native of New Mexico and an alumna of the University of New Mexico where she studied political science and English. This is her first year in MALS. Her research interests include globalization, human rights, post-conflict societies, and transitional justice.

Margaux E. Novak is a Dartmouth MALS graduate student concentrating in creative writing. She is originally from coastal North Carolina where she graduated from North Carolina State with a double-major in English literature and International Studies, with a minor in Technical Writing. Her poetry has been published internationally, recently in Sanctuary, Boston Poetry Magazine, Ink Seed, and Satul. She is a recipient of the Guy Owen Award for Creative Writing, and is an avid photographer and traveler.

Kasey Storey is a first-year MALS student who plans on studying creative writing. She is from Cheyenne, Wyoming where she found her enjoyment writing about the spectacular landscapes. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a BS in Sociology and a minor in English.

Emily R. Taylor is a MALS graduate student concentration in creative writing, and the current president of the Dartmouth Writers Society. Originally from New Jersey, she left the Shore behind to attend Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a dual-major in English literature and drama studies. She loves all things written, and considers translating Beowulf from the original Anglo-Saxon and performing as Juliet on the Samuel Beckett Stage as the highlights of her time overseas. These days, when she isn't busy writing her thesis, she enjoys knitting, skiing, and traveling the world on the hunt for the best chai latte ever brewed. 


Anna Minardi


Jennifer Campbell Cormack is an artist and writer from South Carolina. She holds a BS in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MALS degree with a concentration in creative writing from Dartmouth College. She teaches art and English to grades K-12.

Jacqueline Lisa Christie is a Dartmouth MALS graduate student concentrating in General Liberal Studies. She is originally from East Tennessee, and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Management and George Washington University with her master's in Education Policy. She has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector as a development specialist and executive director, most recently creating and managing programs, such as Everybody Wins! and the Book Jam, that use literature to help people learn. She is the mom of two boys, an avid reader, lover of the Vermont outdoors, and traveler.

Andrew D'Ambrosio graduated from Williams College in 2010 with a BA in art history with honors. He is currently a faculty member of the History Department at Berkshire School, which is a private co-ed boarding sachool of 400 students in southwestern Massachusetts. He has taught courses in the areas of art history, comparative religion, and European history. Andrew brings his interdisciplinary approach to Dartmouth each summer, as he continues to work towards his degree on the cultural studies track.

Mariah Farbotko is an assitant director in the Dean's Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she manages special projects, board activities, and alumni events. Prior to joining Tuck in 2014, she lived in Arlington, VA for five years where she worked for a non-profit association as a conference planner. Mariah graduated from Missouri State University summa cum laude with a BS in public relations in 2008. She is a part time student in the MALS program, currently in her second year of study.

Dan Hampton, author and CEO, is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served in the U.S. Air Force 1986-2006. He flew 151 combat missions and logged 726 career combat hours. The author of Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16, The Mercenary: A Novel, and The Hunter Killers, the awe inspiring story of the first Wild Weasel aviators of the Vietnam War.

Emily Hedges earned her MALS degree, creative writing track, this past November. While at Dartmouth, she served as co-editor of Clamantis: The MALS Journal and worked as a teaching assistant in Dartmouth's Writing 2-3 program. Currently, she teaches seventh grade English Language Arts in Winfield, Kansas. She plans to spend her summer break revising her thesis - a novel set during a county fair in rural Kansas - and opening the Walnut Valley Writing Center.

Heidi Hough travels between rural Vermont where she stacks and burns wood to stay warm and Southern California where she does not. She is working on a memoir about her fundamental upbringing. For more of her writing visit

Stephen Hull is an editor with the University Press of New England at Dartmouth College, and a second-year student on the creative writing track in MALS.

Mary Ann Hunt grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Classical Civilizations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked at Dartmouth College for 16 years; the last eight have been in the Alumni Relations office managing the group travel program. Just after college she lived in Montreal for a couple years where she acquired a passion for ethnic food and cooking which has been further fueled by the travel and educational programming responsibilities of her current job. As a MALS student she is concentrating on creative writing, with a focus on travel writing.

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 second 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.

Preetha Sebastian is a Dubai-born Indian who currently writes about the subject of 'home' and what it means to the Indian diaspora in the UAE. At Dartmouth, she enjoys hanging out with her books in warm places. You can find her on Twitter here: @preethabread

Kaitlin Serota is a cultural studies concentration student and is interested in researching the various functions of art in culture. Originally from South Florida she graduated from the University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in art history and currently skates for the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team.

A.M. Spo! is a MALS'15 alumna with a concentration in Cultural Studies. Although a creative writer wannabe, she currently works on the corporate side of Intellectual Property and Entertainment at a law firm in Manhattan, New York.

Shanshan Zhang is a full-time student who joined the MALS program in 2015. Her main interest is cultural differences between different countries, especially gender issues, for example, women's marital name change and postpartum care differences in the United States and China. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in public administration, currently focusing on creative writing, with a thesis of the nonfiction topic of Chinese grandparents taking care of grandchildren in the United States.


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