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Simpson Center Announces 2013-14 Certificate in Public Scholarship Recipients

The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize five UW scholars for completing the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS) during the 2013-14 year. They include Lillian Campbell (English), Melanie Hernandez (English), Sasha Lotas (Education), Alice Pedersen (English), and Nicole Robert (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies). Please join us in congratulating these amazing public scholars!

Lillian Campbell entered the Certificate program in 2011. Her research focuses on disciplinary writing, rhetorics of science and medicine, and feminist rhetoric. She investigates both the way language shapes knowledge within scientific communities and how different publics and individuals, especially students and women, engage with and potentially alter these disciplinary rhetorics. As a composition teacher and scholar, she is also interested in the ways that writing courses can act as venues for students to practice being critical readers and writers in and beyond their future disciplines. Her publicly-engaged scholarship has pursued two avenues: investigating public communication of scholarly research and considering the role of service learning partnerships in fostering relationships across academic and public communities. Her portfolio advisor has been Miriam Bartha (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell).

The scholarship of Melanie Hernandez, who began Certificate coursework in 2010, takes a comparative ethnic studies approach to the “passing” genre in African American and Chicano literary historiographies, with a particular focus on narratives about miscegenation and racial hybridity. In her work, she tracks inconsistencies in U.S. attitudes toward racial intermixtures at concurrent historical moments across distinct geographical landscapes. She has taught an array of American and transatlantic literature courses for the Department of English on topics that include passing narratives, American frontier mythology, nineteenth-century pseudoscience, and the Gothic. Melanie has worked closely with her portfolio advisor Ralina Joseph (Communication) and fellow CPS graduate Maurice Dolberry (Education) to lay the groundwork for a sustainable partnership between the Northwest African American Museum and the graduate and undergraduate sections of the Black Cultural Studies courses Joseph teaches each year.

Sasha Lotas, who also entered the program in 2010, studies adolescent and adult literacy. She spent ten years in Washington, DC, developing postsecondary preparation programs for adults and teenagers without high school degrees prior to her graduate studies in the Learning Sciences at the College of Education.  She has worked at North Seattle Community College (NSCC) as a writing tutor and received a 2010-2011 Huckabay Teaching Fellowship to create and implement a new developmental writing-curriculum based on her research at NSCC. In her time in the Certificate, Sasha collaborated with other faculty and fellows to develop and implement a college-readiness curriculum for University Beyond Bars, and to lay the groundwork for better curricular and programmatic assessments of prison-based higher education. Anis Bawarshi (English) has served as her portfolio advisor.   

Alice Pedersen is an American Studies scholar who focuses on literature produced in and out of moments of violence and struggle, and how that literature intersects with theories of rights and the subject.  Before coming to the UW, Alice worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, developing and implementing literacy and creative writing programming in local public schools and non-profits. Alice has served as Assistant Director with the Expository Writing Program at UW Seattle, Chair for the Endorsement in Critical Instruction program, and as a Fellow with the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy at UW Bothell. For her Certificate practicum, she conducted a community-based learning course designed to consider and enact language and literature as social action strategies. She joined the Certificate program in 2010 and has worked with Miriam Bartha (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) as her portfolio advisor.

Nicole Robert’s background in museology grounds her research, which examines how normalizing ideologies construct race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history museums. Her research puts queer and feminist theories in conversation with museum practices, an intervention that she calls “Critical Feminist Museology.” Nicole co-founded the Queering the Museum project, which works collaboratively to facilitate critical dialogue between community members, community organizations, and museum practitioners to address the role that museums play in forming social norms around gender, race, and sexuality. Some examples of the projects she has developed include a digital storytelling workshop, a “Queering the (History) Museum” symposium, and a queer-themed history exhibit. Her portfolio advisor has been Ron Krabill (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell). She entered the program in 2011.

Learn more about the Certificate in Public Scholarship—its mission, program requirements, curriculum, fellows, and faculty.