Executive Senators

Each year, 4 senators are elected to serve on the GPSS Executive Committee. Executive Senators for the 2013-2014 year are:

ABP.jpgAlice Popejoy (Public Health Genetics)

Alice Popejoy is a second-year Ph.D. student, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, and one of two GPSS Senators representing the Institute for Public Health Genetics. Alice has a B.A. from Hamilton College in biology and French, and a professional background in the CA State Senate, US House of Representatives, and public policy for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) in Washington, DC. She hopes to build on her academic and professional background while enriching the field of Public Health Genetics and cultivating her skills in genomic methodologies. She is committed to keeping the lines of communication between science and policymakers as open and accessible as possible, while pursuing her academic interests in bioinformatics, data management, and access to genetic information. Alice has been very active in her first term with GPSS as a participant in the 2013 Lobby Day, member of the Science and Policy Steering Committee, Federal Legislative Steering Committee, and has been working to develop a science communication program aimed to support the professional development of graduate students at UW. As an Executive Senator, she is committed to representing the interests of the entire graduate and professional community at UW.


Evan Firth (Oceanography) 

Evan is a first year PhD student in Oceanography and Astrobiology. A native Californian with an adventurer’s soul, his research will take him to the far reaches of the Earth itself: The Arctic Circle. There, he will study organisms even more intrepid than himself – microbes that thrive within the sea-ice itself, withstanding temperatures far below the freezing point of water. Although he is a recent addition to the GPSS team, his passion for synergizing science and politics has catapulted him into the upper echelons of leadership. From this position of high responsibility, he strives to play a vital role in maintaining smooth and efficient operation within GPSS, as well as seeking ways to bring novel scientific and political interaction to the table. In his admittedly sparse spare time, he can be found enjoying late nights of gaming or socializing, exploring new music, or simply kicking back and reading.



Alex Bolton (Law)

Alex Bolton is a first year law student originally from Spokane. Alex is a triple Dawg having graduated from UW with baccalaureate degrees in Economics and Political Science as well as an MPA from the Evans School. Both as an undergraduate and graduate student, Alex has been extensively involved in student government serving on the ASUW Board of Directors, GPSS Senate, ASUW Student Senate, and numerous committees. In his second year at the Evans School, Alex served as the UW Student Regent.  After graduating from the Evans School, Alex worked for former Governor, U.S. Senator, and Evans School namesake Daniel J. Evans, assisting him with his autobiography and other projects. Before starting law school, Alex worked in the UW Faculty Senate office supporting faculty governance and served on the UW Professional Staff Organization Board. Alex also has governmental experience having interned in the State Legislature and for King County Metro.  In his free time, Alex serves on the Municipal League of King County Board and enjoys traveling around the country in his quest to visit all 50 states. On Saturdays in the fall, you can find Alex tailgating on Montlake and attending Husky football games. 


Alan-Michael Weatherford (Comparative Literature)

Alan-Michael Weatherford is a second-year Master’s student and GPSS Senator from Comparative Literature. As of fall 2014, he will be moving into the PhD. program to study both French and Spanish languages and literatures with an emphasis in Psychoanalytic Queer Theories. Alan-Michael sits on the GPSS Diversity Committee in addition to the Executive Board. Diversity efforts is an aspect of university life especially at the graduate level that interests him. Having travelled abroad and lived in both Buenos Aires and La Ville de Québec, he is constantly surrounded by people from all over the globe, who speak different languages and possess diverse views. He is inspired by what a diverse group can accomplish together, and has chosen to be active in the Senate due to those great French thinkers. Like Alexandre Kojève, “I want to use my philosophical background in policy making insofar as it affects people’s lives.” In fact, his nickname in the French department is “Alain-Michel-Foucault.”