The Honors Program Staff

Contact Information

For general inquiries or to be directed to an appropriate staff member, please conact the Honors Program front desk at uwhonors@uw.edu or by phone at (206) 543-7444.

Staff

Vicky Lawson

Director
206-221-6075
lawson@uw.edu

Vicky Lawson is Professor of Geography and Co-Director of the Relational Poverty Network. She served as chair of the Geography Department from 1997-2000 and as President of the Association of American Geographers from 2004-05. Her research focuses on critical poverty studies and feminist care ethics to build alternative understandings of impoverishment and to collaborate in social alliances to address inequality. Vicky is Adjunct Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, she won a distinguished teaching award in 1996, the Marsha Landolt Graduate Mentor Award in 2010 and the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship in the Humanities in 2012.

Julie Villegas

Associate Director
206-543-7172
villegas@uw.edu

Dr. Villegas' work in Honors includes curriculum, recruitment and retention, outreach to UW’s faculty and staff, and creation of international programs.  Her international teaching experience includes a quarter at the UW's Rome Center and intensive summer programs in Berlin and Amsterdam.  Julie received her degree from the University of Washington (English), and her research interests include interdisciplinary work in border studies, immigration/migration issues, and mixed race identity politics.

Aley Mills Willis

Director of Academic Services
206-221-6074
aleym@uw.edu

Aley has been an adviser in the UW Honors Program since Autumn, 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at UW with an Honors degree in English Literature, and her graduate studies at UW with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Policy Studies. She has focused much of her studies on how college students incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. Before working in higher education, Aley worked in book publishing in NYC and Seattle and holds a particular interest in literature of the environment.

Brook Kelly

Assistant Director of Academic Services
206-221-6131
bbkelly@uw.edu

Brook Kelly is an Academic Adviser & the Experiential Learning Coordinator. She has been an adviser in the UW Honors Program since Spring, 2005 and graduated from the UW in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with College Honors and History. Brook was a 2003 Bonderman Fellow, and travelled throughout east Africa on her fellowship.  She now coordinates the Bonderman Fellowship for the Honors Program, in addition to directing study abroad programs in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa.

Laura Harrington

Adviser
206-221-0774
laurah13@uw.edu

Laura is the newest addition to advising in Honors, although she worked in Honors as a student. She graduated from UW with a BA in Women Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. Laura is glad to be afforded the opportunity to continue living in Seattle and working at the UW, and is especially excited to continue hearing about all the fascinating and creative things Honors students are doing, thinking and exploring.

Wendy Durant

Manager, Finance & Administration
206-616-0859
wdurant@uw.edu

A 2005 UW graduate in Cinema Studies and Italian, Wendy has also worked at UW since 1996. As Administrator for Honors, she most enjoys working with students and discussing their study abroad plans. This fall she led a Husky Adventure that took freshmen on a Seattle cinema-focused tour concluding with dinner and a movie.

Ryan Luk

Database & Web Computing Specialist
206-543-7442
rluk@uw.edu

Ryan is devoted to all things technological around the Honors office, developing and maintaining the databases and applications that keep the office running smoothly. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from Arizona State University in 2006, and got his start in web and database programming at ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility.

Frances McCue

Writer-in-Residence
frances@francesmccue.com
http://www.francesmccue.com/

Frances McCue is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department and the Writer in Residence in the Honors Program at the University of Washington. She earned her doctorate from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Washington. In 1996, she co-founded the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. She is the author of THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS, THE BLED and THE STENOGRAPHER’S BREAKFAST and the forthcoming MARY RANDLETT PORTRAITS.

She teaches a variety of courses in the Honors Program with the aim of bringing writing into the classroom and the community.

Robin Stacey

Hanauer Honors Professor
rcstacey@uw.edu

Robin Chapman Stacey is a specialist in medieval history and law, particularly of early Ireland and Wales. She has been at the University of Washington since 1988, and is the author of a variety of books and articles on topics pertaining to Celtic studies. Her research has been supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, and she is a past winner of the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Classes she teaches regularly include, in addition to medieval history survey courses, “Myths and Mysteries of the Middle Ages;” “Celtic Civilizations;” “Medieval Women,” and “Reading Tolkien.”


  • Kelsey Wallach

    Office Assistant
    kpw5@uw.edu
  • Lauren Selby

    Office Assistant
    lmselby@uw.edu
  • Hunter Sapienza

    Office Assistant
    sapienzh@uw.edu
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