One of the largest and most comprehensive humanities centers in the United States, the Simpson Center for the Humanities is known internationally for its initiatives in public scholarship and the digital humanities. It serves a broad-based academic research mission, and its purpose is four-fold:

  • to support crossdisciplinary research and inquiry among UW faculty and graduate students
  • to underwrite initiatives in the humanities at the leading edge of change  
  • to advance innovative and crossdisciplinary study at the graduate level, and
  • to foster public scholarship at the university, in the greater Seattle area, and nationally


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  • Crossdisciplinary Research informs all Center programs
  • Curriculum includes innovative, crossdisciplinary courses, and the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship.
  • Public Scholarship refers to diverse modes of creating and circulating knowledge for and with publics and communities.
  • Digital Humanities scholarship and support.