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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Annie Dwyer


As Assistant Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, Annie Dwyer leads the strategic development, implementation, and evaluation of the program, which is dedicated to establishing a new model for graduate-student professional development based in two-year colleges in the Seattle District, a network of campuses with enrollments of 50,000 students. The program, funded with the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, also advances the practice of public scholarship through graduate seminar course-development awards for faculty and summer fellowships for doctoral students. Annie oversees each aspect of the program and works closely with institutional partners in the region.

In addition to administering this Mellon-funded initiative at the Simpson Center, Annie is also a Lecturer in the Comparative History of Ideas program, where she teaches the senior capstone seminar as well as a range of interdisciplinary courses on animal studies, environmental studies, and critical theory. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Washington in 2014, and during her graduate studies, she also completed the UW’s graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship. Annie has taught inside prisons through community-based organizations such as University Beyond Bars and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, and she has worked on a number of projects to increase educational access and opportunity inside prisons.

In her spare time, Annie enjoys the outdoors, cooking, gardening, puppets, and her enormous (though still shapely) cat, Rhombus.