These are just some of the many interesting ways our graduates have applied their liberal arts learning to engage the world.

Leah Fessler

Leah Fessler ’15

Leah Fessler is earning her JD at Yale Law School (2024). Prior to law school, she worked as a staff reporter and Atlantic Media Editorial Fellow at Quartz, and her journalism is published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and more. In addition to reporting, Leah has worked as an early-stage venture capitalist at NextView Ventures, in management at Bridgewater Associates, and as an early employee at Chief, the private network for women executives. You can find her on Twitter.

Magaret Ray

Margaret Ray ’07

Margaret Ray grew up in Gainesville, Florida. She is the author of Superstitions of the Mid-Atlantic (2021, selected by Jericho Brown for the 2020 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Prize). Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2021, Threepenny Review, Narrative, the Gettysburg Review, Poet Lore, Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is a winner of the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and her debut full-length manuscript has been a finalist for the Georgia Poetry Prize, and a semi-finalist for both the University of Wisconsin’s Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry and Ohio State’s Charles B. Wheeler Prize in Poetry. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and teaches high school English in New Jersey.

Nathan Jandl

Nathan Jandl ’05

Nathan Jandl is assistant director and communications director of the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability. He received his PhD in English from UW–Madison in 2016, having written a dissertation on affect and environmental crisis, and he cofounded the digital magazine Edge Effects. He has published articles, reviews, and nonfiction essays in Public Books, the BelieverKenyon Review OnlineModern PhilologyEnvironmental History, and elsewhere.

Angela Evancie

Angela Evancie ’09

Angela Evancie ‘09.5 is the director of engagement journalism at Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS, and the creator and executive producer of Brave Little State, VPR’s national award-winning podcast about Vermont.

Michael Gaffney

Michael Gaffney ’13

Michael Gaffney is an MEM candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment in ecosystem science and conservation. Previously, Michael completed a PhD in the Program in Literature, also at Duke, where he researched and taught environmental humanities. Michael is currently involved in conservation work that is centered on climate resilience and long-term natural climate solutions, a passion that emerged from his dissertation research on environmental storytelling and the deep history of climate change.

Sarah Asch

Sarah Asch ’19.5

Sarah Asch is a journalist who currently covers community news at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas, where she covers local governments and education. During and after college, she worked at the Addison Independent, the Rutland Herald, and VTDigger.