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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Rachel Arteaga

Rachel Arteaga (rarteaga@uw.eduis Assistant Director of the Simpson Center and Associate Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a public scholarship program generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In these roles, she works closely with the faculty Director and in collaboration with all members of the Simpson Center staff on the development, implementation, and assessment of academic projects, initiatives, and programs central to its mission. Rachel is also a main point of contact for institutional partners in the region, particularly for questions pertaining to the development of new models for doctoral education and professionalization across sectors in the humanities.

She holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington and an MA in English from Boston College. Her dissertation, which she defended in June 2016, focuses on feelings of faith—among them, hope, doubt, and joy—in American literature. In May 2015, she completed the UW’s graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship, a program jointly supported by the Simpson Center, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, and the UW Graduate School. As an undergraduate at the UW, Rachel majored in English and minored in Spanish.

While doing her graduate work at the University of Washington, Rachel taught courses in composition and literature and worked in a variety of programs whose fundamental purpose is to build bridges between the UW and other educational institutions. From 2013 to 2015, she served as the English Department’s liaison between the UW’s Educational Outreach Program and high school teachers of expository writing; she planned workshops and visited high school classrooms around the state. She has participated in the long-running innovative program Texts and Teachers, which brings together UW faculty and high school teachers to jointly design linked courses in the humanities. In 2014, with the support of the Hainer Fellowship, she collaborated with high school instructors of English in Grays Harbor County—she grew up there, in a rural area of Washington State—to adapt the tools and methods of the digital humanities for the K-12 classroom.