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

Matthew Unruh

Program & Events Manager
Caitlin Palo

Communications Manager
C. R. Grimmer

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.

  Eric Ames
  (Professor, Cinema & Media Studies)
  Eric Ames is Chair of the Department of Cinema & Media Studies. His research and teaching interests include documentary film, performance, visual culture, and pedagogy.

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).

  Amaranth Borsuk
  (Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Associate Director, MFA in Creative Writing and   Poetics, UW Bothell)
  Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist working at the intersection of print and digital media.   Her latest volume, The Book (MIT Press, 2018), is a concise introduction to the book’s changing technologies. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Pomegranate Eater (Kore Press, 2016).

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).

ReedDeborah Kamen
(Associate Professor, Classics)
Deborah Kamen is a specialist in Greek cultural and social history, with a particular focus on slavery.  She is the author of Status in Classical Athens (Princeton University Press, 2013) and Insults in Classical Athens (forthcoming, University of Wisconsin Press). 

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). 

Sasha WellandSasha Su-Ling Welland
(Associate Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Sasha Su-Ling Welland teaches and publishes in the fields of Gender Studies, Anthropology, China Studies, and Visual Culture. Her most recent book is Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2018).

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.