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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Simpson Center Welcomes New Staff

Dwyer and Cohn

The Simpson Center is delighted to announce two new staff members: Monica Cohn, Administrator, and Annie Dwyer, Assistant Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics. Both bring extensive experience that is already contributing to research and learning at the Simpson Center.

Cohn comes most recently from the College of Arts & Sciences Shared Services staff, where she worked as a change management analyst on the UW's payroll system transition. She has also worked for the Department of Asian Languages & Literature at the UW. She received her bachelor's degree from the UW in history with a minor in China studies and earned a master’s degree and conducted doctoral work in Asian studies at Cornell University, where she is also ABD. She was an instructor at Cornell, teaching writing, art and archaeology, Chinese history and literature, and classical Chinese.

As the Simpson Center’s Administrator, Cohn oversees general operations and manages budgets and human resources. She works with faculty members leading funded projects on budget matters and collaborates with staff on strategic planning and management of funding cycles.

As Assistant Program Director of Reimagining the PhD, Dwyer helps lead a four-year program, launched in 2015, that develops new forms of scholarship and teaching beyond traditional academic circles. The program, funded by a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has already developed a robust series of faculty and graduate fellowships supporting partnerships at two-year colleges and public projects and new graduate seminars at the UW.

Dwyer earned a PhD in English from the UW in 2014 and teaches in the Comparative History of Ideas program. She completed the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship and served as the English Department’s liaison between UW Extension and the Expository Writing Program, working with area high school teachers to implement college-level curriculum in their classrooms. She has also taught inside prisons through the organizations University Beyond Bars and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound.

Dwyer succeeds Rachel Arteaga, who developed the program’s first two years and is now the Simpson Center Assistant Director, a role in which she continues her work supporting graduate students and faculty in developing the next generation of humanities education.

Welcome, Annie and Monica!