Reimagining the PhD Scholars Archive
In July 2015, the Simpson Center launched Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The conviction animating this initiative was that doctoral education, especially at a public university, must be guided by a capacious vision of its fundamental purpose: to contribute to the public good. From 2015-2021, the program prepared UW doctoral students in the humanities for this task by meaningfully connecting them to the diverse, access-oriented institutions of higher education in the Seattle District community colleges, and by supporting the development of both doctoral students’ public projects and publicly engaged graduate seminars taught by UW faculty in the humanities. Find out more about our programming below.
2021 - 2022 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2020 - 2021 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2019 - 2020 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2018 - 2019 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2017 - 2018 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2016 - 2017 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2015 - 2016 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2020 - 2021 Reimagining the Humanities PhD Scholar
Arbella Bet-Shlimon (she/her/hers)
Writing Histories of Middle Eastern Immigration to the Puget Sound
Arbella Bet-Shlimon’s seminar (developed in partnership with Liora Halperin) will approach the history of Arab immigrant communities in the Puget Sound region through broader histories of Levantine, Iraqi, and North African migration to the Americas. In earlier waves of migration around the turn of the twentieth century, immigrants from these regions tended to describe themselves with terms specific to their areas of origin, such as "Syrian," and many were from indigenous non-Arabophone communities. Over the course of the twentieth century, these immigrants developed a largely shared diaspora identity of being Arab and, thus, Arab American. That identity was racially intertwined with whiteness in the United States, a status that the first wave of Syrian immigrants fought to obtain in a Jim Crow-influenced legal and social system. But the “Arab American” identity has declined as a site of political mobilization and humanitarian work in the Seattle area. Therefore, in this seminar, students will seek to understand—and produce original research on—what it means and has meant to be “Arab” in Seattle through the study of Middle Eastern migration to the Americas.