The Honors Program Staff

Contact Information

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


Vicky Lawson


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

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

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

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


Laura has been advising in Honors since 2009, when she graduated from the UW (and the Honors Program) with a degree in Women Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. As an adviser, Laura especially enjoys meeting with students and helping them make the UW their home. She oversees the Honors First Year Experience, including taking the lead on teaching HONORS 100, and also works on course planning, registration, Departmental Honors, and graduations.

When not advising students, Laura enjoys exploring Seattle and the Northwest; climbing, backpacking and hiking; taking advantage of the immense UW Library system; and planning travels around the world.

Wendy Durant

Manager, Finance & Administration

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

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.

Allison Stephens

Counseling Services Coordinator

Allison Stephens graduated from the UW with degrees in Communication and Psychology. As a student she worked as a Student Director of the Campus Visit Programs, a Campus Tour Guide and a Front Desk Assistant at the Office of Admissions. She was also the President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Marketing and Communications Director for the UW Senior Class Gift Committee. In her free time she loves to explore county/state/national parks, bake (with a specialty in cake decorating), bowl, shop, and spend time with her friends and family.

Carey Christie

Alumni Relations & Communications Specialist

Carey is a community builder and program development consultant who, in addition to her work with the Honors Program, also works with cultural institutions like SIFF, The Stranger, City Arts and The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. After receiving her degree in English/Writing from Denison University, she worked in London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, New York, and Chicago before falling in love with Seattle, WA.

Frances McCue


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

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.”

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