Miriam Bartha serves as interim co-director of the Certificate in Public Scholarship. As Assistant then Associate Director of the Simpson Center (2004-2013), she co-directed many of the Center’s public engagement and public scholarship programs, including the Institute on the Public Humanities for Doctoral Students (with Bruce Burgett, 2005-2008), Teachers as Scholars and Wednesday University (in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, 2004-2010), and the 2010 national conference for Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. She also has been integrally involved in facilitating the Difficult Dialogues and American Music Partnership of Seattle grants. Now Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) at the University of Washington, Bothell, she is particularly interested in expanding and diversifying professional development opportunities and pathways for publicly engaged scholars, an emphasis of UW’s new graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship.
Miriam received her PhD in English from Rutgers University; her dissertation focused on acts of witnessing in American post-war literature and drama. She previously taught women’s studies, cultural studies, literature, and composition at Rutgers and San Francisco State universities; worked as an arts administrator for PEN, the international non-profit writers' advocacy organization; produced a lecture and performance series, Poetry and the Public Sphere; and oversaw the electronic archiving and digital relaunching of HOW(ever), a historic journal of feminist experimental writing.