Staff and Board

The Simpson Center operates under the direction of Kathleen Woodward. Simpson Center staff coordinate and facilitate a broad range of activities, including proposal development, project management, grant administration, event planning, facilities and fiscal support, and publicity.

Administrative Staff

Kathleen Woodward 

Assistant Director
Rachel Arteaga

Monica Cohn

Communications Manager
Denise Grollmus

Program & Events Manager
Caitlin Palo

Administrative Assistant
Sarah Grace Faulk

Assistant Program Director - Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics
Annie Dwyer

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the deliberative body responsible for grant selection decisions in the Simpson Center’s twice-yearly funding rounds. Board members include six tenured faculty members together with the Simpson Center’s Director and the Divisional Dean of the Humanities.

BailkinJordanna Bailkin
 (Professor of History and Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies)
 Jordanna Bailkin is a scholar of modern Britain and empire who explores the global dimensions of British studies and particpates in scholarly and public conversations about Britain’s shifting status in the world. Her books include Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain (2018).

Ben GardnerBenjamin Gardner
(Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Ben Gardner is Chair of the African Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies and is currently working on a project looking at how the social media of tourism influences conservation ideas and policies.

Khullar Sonal Khullar
 (Associate Professor, Art History)
 Sonal Khullar's research and teaching interests include the art of South Asia, transnational histories of modern and contemporary art, the anthropology of art, feminist theory, and postcolonial studies.

IbrahimHabiba Ibrahim
 (Associate Professor, English)
 Habiba Ibrahim's work explores the cultural politics of race and racial genealogies, particularly how black novelists, essayists, and memoirists interpret and represent the twentieth century, colloquially known as the “long American century.” She is the author of Troubling the Family: The Promise of Personhood and the Rise of Multiracialism (2012).

Andrew NestingenAndrew Nestingen
(Professor and Chair, Scandinavian Studies)
Andrew Nestingen’s research is organized around the question: How does textual form figure in the way people construct, imagine, and regulate their social worlds? His books include The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki: Contrarian Stories (2013) and Scandinavian Crime Fiction (2011).

ReedBrian Reed
(Divisional Dean of Humanities, Milliman Endowed Chair in the Humanities, and Professor of English)
Brian Reed is a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics and the author of three books—Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (2013), Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics (2012), and Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006).

Sonnet RetmanSonnet Retman
(Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies)
Sonnet Retman is a literary scholar who works on African American literature and culture. Her work explores how narrative produces race as it intersects with constructions of gender, sexuality, and class. Her book Real Folks: Race and Genre in the Great Depression (2011) analyzes the invention of the folk as figures of authenticity in the political culture of the 1930s.

Kathleen WoodwardKathleen Woodward
(Director, Simpson Center; Lockwood Professor in the Humanities; Professor, English)
Kathleen Woodward teaches and publishes in the areas of American literature, women studies, and aging and technology. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

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