Rachel Arteaga


Rachel Arteaga is Assistant Director of the Simpson Center. 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. It consists of chapters on Harriet Jacobs’s slave narrative, the sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fiction of James Baldwin and Flannery O’Connor. 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. 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, including courses in the environmental humanities, American ethnic studies, and cinema studies. In 2014, with the support of the Hainer Fellowship, she collaborated with high school instructors of English in Grays Harbor County—she grew up in Elma in rural Washington state—to adapt the tools and methods of the digital humanities for the K-12 classroom.

As Associate Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, Rachel works closely with UW faculty and graduate students, as well as institutional partners in the region, to develop new models for doctoral education and professional development in the humanities.


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