Current Fellows


Michael Damien Aguirre (History)
Portfolio Advisor: Michelle Habell-Pallan (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Entrance Year: 2013
Michael Aguirre's research interests explore and complicate Chicana/o subject formation from the late 1960s through the 1990s. He is particularly interested in how participants of the Chicano Movement articulated a distinct ethnopolitical identity and how issues of gender and changing immigration patterns impacted both Chicana/o identity and cultural production. His research takes a multiregional and interdisciplinary approach that engages different texts and Chicana/o intellectuals from rural, urban, Southwestern, and Pacific Northwestern historical actors. Michael is part of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project and the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program.

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Rachel Arteaga (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Miriam Bartha (Simpson Center for the Humanities)
Entrance Year: 2012
Rachel Arteaga’s research focuses on narratives of confinement, particularly in the context of American literature. Her scholarly work begins with discussions of the prison; describes the ways in which this institution is largely invisible to the outside public; and analyzes the experience of confinement as it is represented across texts, eras, and social groups. She is also engaged in a mentoring project that seeks to change the educational, economic, and cultural realities faced by high school students in small rural communities in the state of Washington. Contact: rarteaga@uw.edu

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David Barillas-Chon (Education)
Portfolio Advisor: Janelle Silva (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2012
My name is David Barillas-Chon. My academic interests, approaches, and commitments are informed by a humanizing liberation politics that comprehends human beings as “experts” of their lived experiences, with the capacity to teach and learn from one another’s “truths.” As a self-identified Maya and immigrant, among other marginalized identities that I embody, my personal experiences have shaped my academic inquiries and life’s work. To this end, I have sought to understand the experiences of immigrant families, children, and indigenous peoples from the Americas in U.S. schools and in the larger social, cultural, political contexts, drawing on epistemologies and methodologies rooted in critical theories of liberation that situate human beings as both “naïve” and “expert” interpreters of their lived realities, always in the “process of becoming.”
Meredith Bauer (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Danny Hoffman (Anthropology)
Entrance year: 2012
Meri Bauer's research in the English department focuses on the interaction between postcolonial literary and visual arts and sociopolitical change. In the summer of 2012, she will conduct preliminary research on the ways cultural artifacts such as street poetry, public readings, and mural paintings represent under-explored forms of public performance, as well as a forum for the negotiation of identities, in the banlieues of Paris. With a Master's degree in international studies and public affairs, Meri has been involved in African and migration studies at the University of Washington for the past four years. She is co-founder and -director of a non-profit organization that brokers art from a Kenyan village in Seattle, called PAUSE: A Space for New Visions, and is Vice President of the Board of the digital storytelling and development initiative ChangeStream Media.

Elizabeth Brown(English)
Portfolio Advisor: Wayne Au(Education, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2013
Elizabeth Brown studies late nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S. literature, focusing on the relationship between imperialism, racial formation, and industrial capitalism in the postbellum era. Her dissertation project reads literature in conjunction with policies and practices developed at industrial training institutes, settlement houses, and imperial schools to intervene in discourses of liberal education in the U.S. Before coming to UW, Elizabeth volunteered with St. James ESL and Volunteers in Asia as an English language teacher. She also served as a liaison for the UW in the High School English program. Contact: lizcb@uw.edu

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Ryan Burns (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: Phillip Thurtle (Comparative History of Ideas)
Entrance Year: 2010
Ryan Burns’s interests lie at the intersection of geographic technologies and social relations, with a particular focus on the role software and digital mapping applications (such as Google Earth or Bing Maps) can play in producing urban spaces. The public is an integral element to this process because these technologies can augment and mediate urban experiences and influence long-term societal trends.  By adopting a participatory action research framework in his research, Burns seeks to investigate the ways in which the public becomes implicated – if not empowered – in these processes.  The goal of his research is to influence the discourse surrounding the public dimensions of geographic technologies.

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Lillian Campbell (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Alison Wylie (Philosophy)
Entrance Year: 2011
Lilly Campbell’s research focuses on the role of language in framing women’s health movements, historically and in the present day. She studies the rhetorics of public texts, and is interested in how the relationships between scientific, feminist, and other discourses shapes the insiders and outsiders of these movements. Lilly is also fascinated by composition pedagogy and the interactions between different teaching paradigms in composition curriculum. She has taught introductory composition in both conventional and computer-integrated classrooms and will contribute to curriculum development and to graduate student instructor training as Assistant Director of the Expository Writing Program beginning September 2011. Contact lcampb@uw.edu.

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Kristy Copeland (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: Theresa Ronquillo (Center for Teaching and Learning)
Entrance Year: 2012
Kristy Copeland’s interest in public scholarship centers on how the classroom can be a vehicle for students to see themselves as knowledge producers and empowered voices.  In particular, her interest is in exploring pedagogical models that facilitate student interactions in their communities, as well as those that challenge students to encounter difference and inequality.  Such experiences help students to understand the operation of privilege and power in the world, foster a commitment to social justice, and lead to radical transformation.  In addition, Copeland seeks anti-racist strategies and caring teaching practices that encourage participation of all students in the classroom.

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Monica De La Torre (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2012
Monica De La Torre’s scholarship bridges New Media and Sound Studies by analyzing the development of Chicana feminist epistemologies in radio and digital media production. A member of Soul Rebel Radio, a community radio collective based in Los Angeles, Monica is specifically interested in the ways in which radio and digital media production function as tools for community engagement. She is an active member of the UW Women of Color Collective and the Women Who Rock Collective. Monica earned a B.A. in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies from University of California, Davis and an M.A.in Chicana/o Studies from California State University, Northridge; her master’s thesis was entitled “Emerging Feminisms: El Teatro de las Chicanas and Chicana Feminist Identity Development.” Monica received a 2012 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which recognizes superior academic achievement, sustained engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and the potential to enhance the educational opportunities for diverse students. 

Maurice Dolberry (Education)
Portfolio Advisor: Ralina Joseph (Communication)
Entrance Year: 2011
Maurice Dolberry’s scholarly interests are at the intersection of hip-hop epistemology, critical media literacy, and critical and culturally responsive pedagogy, and their use in curriculum development and teacher training for science educators.  He is also concerned with informing practice, practitioners, and communities in an effort to reform educational practices that contribute to the disproportionate performances of Black American children in schools.  Before graduate school, Maurice spent three years as a middle school educator and eight years as a high school educator in various roles, including science teacher, math teacher, dean of students, and director of diversity.

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Annie Dwyer (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Anis Bawarshi (English)
Entrance Year: 2011
Annie Dwyer studies late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature and culture, focusing on transformations in the configuration of the human/animal divide and the production of “human” difference through the discourse of animality.  Before coming to the University of Washington, Annie worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, developing and implementing literacy programming in south King County. Among other projects, Annie is currently involved in Transformative Education Beyond Bars, collaboratively developing college-prep writing and math curriculum that will be piloted at Monroe Correctional Facility in Fall 2011. Contact dwyera@uw.edu.

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Elyse Gordon (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: Candice Rai (English)
Entrance Year: 2011
Elyse Gordon's work focuses on issues of urban inequalities, community organizations, and youth identities. She is specifically interested in how young people construct their identities in and through their involvement with non-profit and empowerment programs. Her master’s thesis focused on one youth empowerment non-profit in Seattle, examining how young people and organizations are situated amidst a restructuring, neoliberalizing non-profit sector. Previously an active community gardener in the Twin Cities, Elyse served as an Americorps volunteer for two years, helping low-income high school students get into college. She is deeply committed to partnering with community organizations through her scholarship. Currently, Elyse is building community in Seattle through food, music, and active exploring. She is always reconsidering her identity as a scholar-activist, and is excited to keep exploring the potentials of public scholarship and digital humanities. Contact egordon4@uw.edu.  

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Timothy Green (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2010
Timothy Green’s scholarly interests focus on discourses on the emotions – including cultural rhizomes of feelings and psychoanalytic theories of group psychology – and the expression of affect in twentieth-century literature and culture.  He is the producer and host of “C89.5’s Electrobox,” a weekly radio show that showcases transnational electronic dance music.  Timothy plans to experiment with scholarly writing intended for multiple audiences and to gain an understanding of the collaborative networks that provide performance outlets for such work.  He is currently compiling a mixtape and annotated playlist of recent transnational electronic dance music and writing an essay that positions the mix in relation to popular music criticism, “sub-bass materialism,” and the intimate public sphere.

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Gonzalo Guzmán (Education)
Portfolio Advisor: Moon Ho Jung (History)
Entrance Year: 2011
Gonzalo Guzmán’s research interests lie at the intersection between labor, history of education, and migration of Latinos.  Gonzalo focuses on the educational experiences of Mexican American and Mexican students in the Yakima Valley of Eastern Washington State from 1937-1970, asking how Mexican American educational experiences in the Mountain States and Southwest informed Mexican American educational experiences and expectations in Eastern Washington, and also how labor informed educational practices on Mexican American migrants and settlers. He intends to build curriculum based on rural oral histories of Mexican American laborers in the Yakima Valley, and to elaborate best practices for utilizing them in classrooms and the community. Contact gonzog@uw.edu

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Melanie Hernandez (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Ralina Joseph (Communication)
Entrance Year: 2010
Melanie Hernandez’s scholarship takes a comparative ethnic studies approach to the “passing” genre in African American and Chicano literary historiographies, with a particular focus on narratives about miscegenation and racial hybridity.  In her scholarship, she tracks inconsistencies in U.S. attitudes toward racial intermixture(s) at concurrent historical moments across distinct geographical landscapes.  She has designed and taught an array of American and transatlantic literature courses for the Department of English on topics that include: passing narratives, American frontier mythology, nineteenth-century pseudoscience, and the Gothic.  She is currently a teaching assistant in the Department of American Ethnic Studies.

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alma khasawnih (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Chandan Reddy (English)
Entrance Year:2013
alma khasawnih's interests include understanding and documenting the role of art and artists in inciting conversation and action of social change and political movements, transnational feminist theory, Arab feminism. alma has a Master's degree from Rhode Island School of Design and her thesis title is Informal Arts Education as a Tool for Social Change: Arab American Artist Collectives as Case Studies. Her Bachelor's is in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. alma is a member of the UW Women of Color Collective and a columnist for the Seattle Globalist, enjoys being invited to dinner and then writing about it. She is an immigrant from Far West Asia. Her current focus is Arab women artists' process and work within the context of the Arab Spring. Contact: almak@uw.edu.

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Jessie Kindig (History)
Graduate Student Representative, Certificate in Public Scholarship Steering Committee
Honorary Fellow

Jessie Kindig’s scholarship examines the constructions of American empire in East Asia during the Korean War and how a “postwar Pacific” was formed in the American imagination, reworking American ideas of racial integration and masculinity. Jessie is an associate editor of the Pacific Northwest Civil Rights and Labor History Projects, a set of collaborative projects based at the University of Washington that bring undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members together to chronicle traditions of social movement activism and everyday life in Washington State.  She received a 2010 Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) fellowship from Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

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Christopher Lizotte (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: Candice Rai (English)
Entrance Year: 2010
Christopher Lizotte’s scholarly interests center on trends in K-12 educational choice, as policy and as practice, and their role in reshaping narratives about national identity and citizenship in the United States, Canada, and France.  He is interested in critical geography pedagogy and social theory.  His work seeks to open new channels for dialogue between academia and the broader public in order to enhance discourse in both spheres.  He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a UW Center for Canadian Studies Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

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Sasha Lotas (Education)
Portfolio Advisor: Anis Bawarshi (English)
Entrance Year: 2010
Sasha Lotas studies adolescent and adult literacy, and spent ten years in Washington, DC, developing postsecondary preparation programs for adults and teenagers without high school degrees prior to her graduate studies in the Learning Sciences at the College of Education.  She works at North Seattle Community College (NSCC) as a writing tutor, and received a 2010-2011 Huckabay Teaching Fellowship to create and implement new developmental writing-curriculum based on her research at NSCC. Sasha also tutors students at Seattle Education Access, a non-profit organization providing higher education advocacy and opportunity to marginalized youth, and is a member of UW’s Studio Design Pedagogy Research Group, a team of learning scientists and landscape architects examining the use of studio pedagogy within higher education.   

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Eleanor Mahoney (History)
Portfolio Advisor: Katharyne Mitchell (Geography)
Entrance year: 2012
Eleanor Mahoney studies the intersections of labor, the environment, memory and place in late nineteenth and twentieth-century America. She is particularly interested in the storytelling possibilities of large landscapes and in better understanding the various mechanisms that communities can employ to protect, perpetuate, and, if appropriate, share their cultural traditions. Eleanor has previously worked for the National Park Service as Assistant National Coordinator for Heritage Areas and for a variety of heritage conservation, public history and labor organizations in Appalachia, the Chesapeake Bay region and New Mexico.  Her current research focuses on documenting the changing political, racial and cultural landscapes of 1930’s Washington State. 

 

Jennifer McClearen (Communication)
Portfolio Advisor: Donna Jones-Ilsley (Student Athletics Academic Services)
Entrance Year: 2013
Jennifer is a critical media scholar, community educator, and Ph.D. student in Communication. Her current research focuses on mediated representations of feminine physical power, such as action heroines, fighters, and athletes. She examines audience reception of physically powerful women as well as textual constructions of bodies and bodily agency. Ultimately, she seeks to understand how dominant discourses (de)construct an Othered body’s power as well as how these discourses are disrupted. As a martial artist and women’s self-defense instructor in the Seattle area, Jennifer advocates for embodied practices and critical media literacies that challenge hegemonic understandings of Othered bodies. Prior to joining the UW, Jennifer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, taught English in the Czech Republic and Mexico, managed a U.S. Department of Education grant to improve college access for at-risk adults, and earned a M.A. in Intercultural Leadership from SIT Graduate Institute. Contact: jmcclear@uw.edu.

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Alice Pedersen (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Miriam Bartha (Simpson Center for the Humanities)
Entrance Year: 2010
Alice Pedersen’s scholarship focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, with special attention to citizenship and rights discourses. She is interested in literature produced in and out of moments of violence and struggle, and in considering how that literature intersects with theories of rights and the subject.  Before coming to the University of Washington, Alice worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, developing and implementing literacy and creative writing programming in local public schools and non-profits. Alice has served as Assistant Director with the Expository Writing Program at UW Seattle, Chair for the Endorsement in Critical Instruction program, and is currently a Fellow with the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy at UW Bothell.

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Amy Piedalue (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: Amanda Lock Swarr (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies)
Entrance Year: 2010
Amy Piedalue comes to her work in Geography with a background in Women Studies and South Asian Studies.  Her current research explores gender violence and development in India, focusing on the importance of contextualizing women’s experiences in the socio-cultural and political-economic processes that structure their lives.  She seeks to locate this research as a form of critical transnational feminist praxis – a means of prioritizing and valuing collaborative research, thinking critically about authorship and representation, and re-imagining the relationship between the ‘global’ and the ‘local.’  Engagement with community, and the freedom to shape what that looks like, has been one of the most vital aspects of her own education.

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Cameron Quevedo (Ethnomusicology and Native Voices)
Portfolio Advisor: Jonathan Warren (International Studies)
Entrance Year: 2012
Cameron Quevedo is an ethnomusicologist, documentary filmmaker and musician interested in visual representation and the reclamation of representational authority and authorship. His scholarship is situated at the intersections of ethnography, participatory media production and expressions of cultural heritage, engaging questions such as: How are emergent media production and distribution technologies enabling and empowering communities to share their own stories, histories and identities? How might communities use these new technologies to dismantle colonial rhetorics of “discovery” and “documentation?” How might the changing political landscape of representation serve to transform scholarship within the university? As a musician and scholar, Cameron has collaborated within Chicana/o musical communities around issues of transnational artistic dialogue, scholarship as activism, and community building through the arts. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Film Studies and Music from the Claremont Colleges, a master’s in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington and is currently completing a second master’s degree in Indigenous Documentary Film through the UW Department of Communication and Department of American Indian Studies. Contact cquevedo@uw.edu.

Nicole Robert (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2011
Nicole brings a background in museology to her research, which looks at how normalizing ideologies construct race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history museums.  Her research puts queer and feminist theories in conversation with museum practices, an intervention that she is calling Critical Feminist Museology.  Nicole co-founded the Queering the Museum (QTM) project  which works collaboratively to facilitate critical dialogue between community members, community organizations, and museum practitioners to address the role that museums play in forming social norms around gender, race and sexuality. Current work includes a digital storytelling workshop, a "Queering the (History) Museum" symposium, and a queer-themed history exhibit.  As a 2012-2013 Huckabay Fellow, Nicole will develop a class for educators that applies queer theories and experiences to pedagogical strategies and policies. Contact nrobert@uw.edu.  

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Irene Sanchez (Education)
Portfolio Advisor: Rick Bonus (American Ethnic Studies)
Entrance Year: 2010
Irene Monica Sanchez is a Ph.D. student in Education Leadership and Policy Studies-Higher Education and is completing graduate certificates in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Public Scholarship. Irene began her higher education journey at Riverside Community College and transferred to the University of California, Santa Cruz to earn her BA in Sociology and Latin American/Latino Studies. Living in Santa Cruz/Watsonville Irene became a member of the Autonomous Watsonville Brown Berets, served as an ally for the young women’s empowerment program called “Girlzpace” and was a danzante with White Hawk Indian Council for the Children. An activist for many years, she continues to work on issues regarding immigrant/human rights, education, youth empowerment and social justice. 

Irene served as the Community Caucus Chair for the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies (NACCS) for two years and is now the Graduate Student Caucus Chair for NACCS.  She has worked as a Research Assistant in Education and a TA for the American Ethnic Studies Department and off campus with El Centro de la Raza’s Hope for Youth Program. Currently Irene is a member of the Seattle Fandango Project where she plays jarana and dances. She is also a member of Ameyaltonal-Seattle, an Aztec Dance group that promotes and teaches indigenous dance and culture. In 2011-2012 she was named a PAGE fellow with Imagining America. 

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Katja Schatte (History)
Portfolio Advisor: Dan Berger (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2013
Katja Schatte is a graduate student in modern European, Latin American, and Russian history. She focuses on the cultural and social history of socialist and communist societies during the Cold War. Katja is especially interested in oral history, private and collective memory, gender and sexuality, and experience of migration and diaspora. Before joining the UW as a graduate student, she was trained as a social worker at the Alice Salomon University Berlin, Germany and earned her MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. In the course of her education and her work as a social worker and researcher in Germany, Guatemala, and the United States, Katja has become interested in interviews and oral history as a way of creating community history. She hopes to further pursue this interest as a fellow in the Certificate Program.

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Sue Shon (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Sasha Welland (Anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Entrance Year: 2012
Sue Shon studies 19th and 20th century print and visual culture in the Department of English. Her dissertation explores how race becomes conceptualized in modernity through a formalist discourse of vision. Sue’s scholarly interests originate from ideas explored in her studio art and curatorial practice before coming to the University of Washington. Her studies and work in art history, exhibition planning, art programming, and teaching at the Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago Public Art Program, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Salvation Army have allowed her to explore what it means to claim that certain spaces operate for a public and as a public space. Sue is currently developing a group drawing exhibition that responds to Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel Dawn.
Balbir K. Singh (English)
Portfolio Advisor: Amanda Lock Swarr (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies)
Entrance Year: 2011
Balbir K. Singh comes to her work in the Department of English with a background in postcolonial theory and critical race studies. Her scholarship focuses on U.S. race-making and the construction of militancy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  She explores the relationship between racialization and resistance as it manifests in literary, cultural, and socio-political domains in the wake of 9/11. She locates this research in the field of transnational cultural studies, with an acute interest in the particularities of the U.S. regime of exclusion. She has designed and taught writing courses on ideology critique, the literature of crisis, and racial and state violences. Balbir is also co-founder and co-organizer of the university’s Women of Color Collective, which continues to remain influential in carving space for emerging women of color scholars on campus. Contact balbir@uw.edu.

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Arianna Thompson (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: Amoshaun Toft (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2013
Arianna Thompson’s research focuses on the political ecology of the toxic food environment, and the health and equity impacts of the industrial food complex. Using feminist theories of science and technology, she examines current research processes and regulations regarding the use of biotechnology in food production and processing (for example, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, genetically modified crops, or food preservatives), in order to better understand the cultural, health, and equity implications across the different scales of the region, the community, and the body. She is interested in exploring the ways that scientific information is generated, shared, or concealed, and the subsequent power and health implications of these formations and circulations of knowledge. Contact: annathom@uw.edu.

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“J.D.” John David Tovey III (Urban Design and Planning)
Portfolio Advisor: Rob Corser (Architecture)
Entrance Year: 2010
John Tovey is a PhD Student in Urban Design and Planning program through the Graduate School and currently in the Urban Ecology Lab in the College of Built Environment. He is also IGERT Fellow in BioResourse-based Energy for Sustainable Societies program through the College of Engineering and School of Forest Resources.  He brings to this work a background in design and urban planning.  His current scholarship focuses on how teaching and learning occurs among planners and publics, with a particular focus on energy, built environment, population, and climate.  He worked for many years as a Senior Urban Designer in Florida and currently owns a small planning and design firm specializing in development assistance and design with the Pacific Northwest Tribes.

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Anna Zogas (Anthropology)
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2010
Anna Zogas studies mental illness and psychiatric treatment in the context of the United States military, with particular attention to how discourses of disability and biomedicalism shape people's access to health care and social services.  In previous ethnographic research, she has explored how discourses of homelessness shape the ways that people who lack stable housing conceptualize their engagement with or disengagement from various institutional settings in Chicago, including shelters, jails, and welfare offices. Contact zogas@uw.edu.  

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