Philosophy Undergraduate Journal

We are a student-run philosophy journal at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Spring of 2021 we published our fourth edition of Epistemai, an Undergraduate Philosophy Journal with a focus on short, original, philosophical work done by undergraduates from universities across the country, and internationally.

If you are interested in learning more about our journal, what we do, and how to join our staff, fill out this form and one of our staffers will reach out to you! We look forward to hearing from you!

Our vision for Epistemai is to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to gain deep experience with academic and public philosophy through practice.

One goal of Epistemai is to provide a forum for undergraduate philosophy students to have their papers critically reviewed, edited and published, and to publish quality works of philosophy that can be read and considered by our peers.

Additionally, it is our goal to offer undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota the opportunity to gain experience in the academic peer review process and develop skills in editing, critical analysis, organization, and writing. We endeavor to create an inclusive and welcoming space that fosters intellectual and philosophical diversity and allows undergraduate philosophy students to lead, connect, and collaborate with peers on philosophical projects.


Criteria for papers

  • Must be written by an undergraduate
  • Original and concise philosophical work with a max length of 15 pages or 3,750 words.
  • Include a 100-200 word abstract summarizing your paper and page numbers.
  • Chicago style citations are preferred.
  • Cannot be published elsewhere.
  • Include a cover page with all personal information (do not include name anywhere else in the paper): your
    name, your email, and your undergraduate institution name.

Submission process

  • Submit your paper electronically by uploading a .docx or .docs (must be
  •  All papers will undergo a blind peer review.
  • Papers will be selected by early spring. You will be notified as to our decision at that time
Questions? Contact us!

Current Epistemai staff

Wangechi Mwaura, Epistemai President: Hello! My name is Wangechi Mwaura. I’m a junior and my major is philosophy. I'm from Nairobi, Kenya’s large and bustling capital and my philosophical interests are post-colonial studies, critical theory, politics and aesthetics. Within those fields I focus on indigeneity, theories of African statehood, cultural critique and historical struggles. I also work in the field of digital history and am interested in the ways in which historiography and philosophical practice intersect and complement each other. I enjoy mafia movies, radio stations, ridiculously lengthy novels and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. I am the current president of Epistemai.

Robert Campbell, Co-Editor-in-Chief: Hi, I’m Robert Campbell, co-Editor-in-Chief at the journal. I’m from Brooklyn Park, and my interests include everything ethical; my overarching concern, as such, is how we ought to live. I’m particularly interested in normative ethics, moral psychology, value theory, and their intersection with practically normative issues. For example, I’m fascinated by consequentialism and objections to it, well-being, decision-making, justice, oppression, and moral emotions. I enjoy discussing all these topics, so feel free to reach out!


Lauren Toensing, Co-Editor-in-Chief: Hello!  My name is Lauren, and I am co-Editor-in-Chief as well as a staff writer and peer reviewer with Epistemai.  I am from Richfield, MN, a small suburb right outside of south Minneapolis.  My philosophical interests are primarily in ethics and metaphysics— most specifically, I am interested in questions concerning what in life is good or meaningful, whether ethical or existential. I am also interested in evolutionary philosophy.


Garret Gannon, Head staff writer: Hi, my name is Garrett Gannon. I’m a Junior at UMN majoring in philosophy with minors in art and creative writing. I was born and raised in Clear Lake, IA. My areas of interest include ethics, aesthetics, queer theory, and existentialism although most philosophy will peak my interest. I particularly enjoy philosophy that doesn’t fit the academic definition. My current area of research concerns freedom, morality, and self-harm. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, art making, and hanging out with friends and family. I am the head staff writer at Epistemai. 


Hailey Lipinski, Peer Reviewer and Public Relations Officer: Hello! My name is Hailey, and I am a senior majoring in Philosophy with minors in Business Law and Political Science. I began taking an interest in philosophy during the second semester of my freshman year, with my interest residing in existentialism, ethics, and metaphysics. This is my second year with Epistemai and I will be contributing through the roles of peer reviewer and public relations. I am originally from Eagle, WI, a small rural town that I enjoyed for much of my life, but the cities have opened me up to so many different and unique opportunities!


Nimco Ali, Head of Conference Planning and Peer Reviewer: Hello! My name is Nimco Ali. I am a junior at the UMN and I am pursuing a degree in Philosophy. I am pursuing a minor in Creative Writing. I am head of conference planning and a peer reviewer. My philosophical interests include: Ethics, Aesthetics, and philosophy of mind. I am still exploring and hope to find more areas of philosophy to love. Outside of philosophy, I write short stories and poems. I love watching movies and playing board/video games. I love playing badminton and squash. I enjoy anything that involves the arts and politics.


Maria Schirado, Editor, Peer-reviewer, Staff writer: Hey guys, gals and pals! My name is Maria Schirado and this is my first year with the journal as an editor. I am a senior wrapping up my studies in Philosophy, Political Science and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. I enjoy leftist social and political theory; my most recent work involves discussions of intersectionality, prison abolition and the education gap. I currently manage the College Readers program at the University YMCA and I hope to pursue a degree in Educational Administration post-grad.


Xiaoyan (Alvin) Ren, Editor and Staff Writer: Hello! My name is Xiaoyan Ren, but I usually go by Alvin. (Yeah, I know, like Alvin and the chipmunks.) I am a junior majoring in Applied Economics and possibly minoring in philosophy. I was born and grew up in Wuhan, China until I was 12, and then I moved to Bozeman, Montana and spent 2 years there. Eventually, I moved to Livonia, Michigan and graduated from high school there. My area of interest is mostly within the philosophy of political economy, especially from a Marxist perspective. I also like to dig into topics regarding ethics and metaphysics. Theology is also something I am disciplined in, as I was striving to be a pastor throughout my Christian high school years. My hobbies are soccer, snowboarding, hiking, and hunting. I will be an editor and staff writer as well as contributing to the Public Relation works of the journal. I’m excited for all that is to come.