Executive Board

 Paul Atkins
 (Associate Professor, Asian Languages & Literature)
 Atkins is a scholar of classical and pre-modern Japanese drama and literature. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

John FindlayJohn Findlay
(John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Professor, History)
Findlay studies the history of the North American West and Pacific Northwest. He has written especially on social and urban history, with a particular focus on the 20th century. He is also Managing Editor of Pacific Northwest Quarterly.
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Gillian Harkins

Gillian Harkins
(Associate Professor, English)
Harkins' research explores modern and contemporary American literature through lenses of feminist, queer, and critical race theories. She has coordinated Transformative Education Behind Bars, a project that invites UW scholars to collaborate with educators at community colleges, nonprofit organizations, and correctional facilities to expand educational access for incarcerated students. Harkins received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Leigh MercerLeigh Mercer
(Associate Professor, Spanish & Portugese Studies)
Mercer studies the silent film era and its relationship to technology and modernity in turn-of-the-century Spain. Her research interests also include urban studies and conduct in the Spanish novel of contemporary customs; the Gothic tradition; the serialized novel's impact on highbrow literary production; travel writing and early tourist guidebooks to Spain; culinary culture in 19th-century Spain; and humor in contemporary Spanish film.
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 Katharyne Mitchell
 (Professor, Geography)
 Mitchell’s research interests fall into several broad categories, including migration, education, and urban-political geography. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Michael ShapiroMichael Shapiro
(Divisional Dean of Humanities; Professor, Asian Languages & Literature)
Shapiro teaches and publishes in the areas of Hindi language & literature, and Indo-Aryan languages & linguistics. His current research projects include a book-length study on the structure and history of the Hindi language; studies on the linguistic structure and rhetorical structures of early New Indo-Aryan texts; and work on aspects of early Sikh scripture. Shapiro received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
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James TweedieJames Tweedie
(Associate Professor, Comparative Literature & Cinema Studies)
Tweedie’s areas of interest include globalization, modernist cinema, and twentieth-century film history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
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Kathleen WoodwardKathleen Woodward
(Director, Simpson Center; Lockwood Professor in the Humanities; Professor, English)
Woodward teaches and publishes in the areas of American literature, women studies, and aging and technology. Woodward received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.
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