The University of Washington Department of Bioethics and Humanities is pleased to announce as Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Montgomery, who earned her MA in Bioethics at UW, will serve in both Seattle and UW Tacoma, where she is an associate professor of American Indian Studies and Ethnic, Gender, & Labor Studies.
Dr. Montgomery is active across the UW Tacoma campus, serving as Vice Chair, Division of Social and Historical Studies; Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Education; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Education; and Indigenous Community & Curriculum Advisor, School of Education. Read more about her role in the Population Health Initiative here: “Assistant Professor Named to Population Health Executive Council: Michelle Montgomery will serve on the University of Washington's Population Health Initiative Executive Council for the next year.”
Dr. Montgomery is the author of Identity Politics of Difference: The Mixed-Race American Indian Experience (University of Colorado Press, 2017). An interview regarding the book is here: “Multiple Versions of the Same Person: UW Tacoma faculty member Michelle Montgomery explores identity in her book about mixed-race American Indians.”
The Department of Bioethics and Humanities is fortunate to draw upon Dr. Montgomery’s extensive support of students and academic citizenship. She participates in the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group; the Indigenous Speaker Series - NWIC Nez Perce Campus & UW Tacoma; and the Indigenous Knowledge & Community Conversations
The previous Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Erika Blacksher, took an endowed position as the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics as well as a volunteer post as Research Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.