Current Fellows


Michael Damien Aguirre (History)
Portfolio Advisor: Michelle Habell-Pallan (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Entrance Year: 2013

Michael Aguirre's research interests explore and complicate Chicana/o subject formation from the late 1960s through the 1990s. He is particularly interested in how participants of the Chicano Movement articulated a distinct ethnopolitical identity and how issues of gender and changing immigration patterns impacted both Chicana/o identity and cultural production. His research takes a multiregional and interdisciplinary approach that engages different texts and Chicana/o intellectuals from rural, urban, Southwestern, and Pacific Northwestern historical actors. Michael is part of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project and the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program.

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Canan Bolel (Near and Middle Eastern Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Jin-Kyu Jung (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance year: 2015

Canan began her doctoral studies in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies in Fall 2014. Her research interests lies at the intersection of spatialization of the Jewish identity and class dynamics in the late Ottoman Empire. Currently she works on a project in which she tracks the migration of Ottoman Jews to Seattle during the 1900s, with the help of digital mapping tools. Prior to joining UW, Canan earned a BA in economics and, in 2013, an MA in political science. In 2013 she moved to the United Kingdom and started a Msc degree in sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Canan is a Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Graduate Fellow. Email: cananbo@uw.edu

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Lauren Drakopolous (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: S.Charusheela (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2015

Lauren’s interests lie at the intersection of critical race theory, development studies, and political ecology. Her research explores the political economy of Greece, post-economic crisis, with an emphasis on the social and ecological impacts of austerity measures. Particularly, she is interested in exploring processes of racialization and subject formation, and how these processes are expressed through political activism and shape national identity. She hopes to engage that as a fellow in the Public Scholarship Program she will be able to engage with the Greek diasporic community in and around Seattle. Prior to joining the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, she completed an MS in environmental science and policy at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She has worked as a fisheries researcher and community organizer and has volunteered with on numerous projects through her engagement with food justice and environmental activism. Lauren is a recipient of the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship in Modern Greek. 

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Angela Durán Real (Hispanic Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Kathleen Woodward (Simpson Center for the Humanities and English)
Entrance Year: 2015

Angela Durán Real’s research focuses on narrative of crisis in post-dictatorial Spain and Argentina. She looks at crisis as a space of possibilities where it emerges as what she has called the “affective structure of solidarity”. She is interested in exploring processes of community building and the alternative narratives developed in such practices.  It is in this sense that her research engages with the notion of publics and what publics can do differently. She is also committed to fostering new spaces for teaching that provide students with skills to become social agents in the community. Email: adr5@uw.edu

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alma khasawnih (Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Chandan Reddy (English)
Entrance Year:2013

alma khasawnih's interests include understanding and documenting the role of art and artists in inciting conversation and action of social change and political movements, transnational feminist theory, Arab feminism. alma has a Master's degree from Rhode Island School of Design and her thesis title is Informal Arts Education as a Tool for Social Change: Arab American Artist Collectives as Case Studies. Her Bachelor's is in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. alma is a member of the UW Women of Color Collective and a columnist for the Seattle Globalist, enjoys being invited to dinner and then writing about it. She is an immigrant from Far West Asia. Her current focus is Arab women artists' process and work within the context of the Arab Spring. Contact: almak@uw.edu.

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Eleanor Mahoney (History)
Portfolio Advisor: Katharyne Mitchell (Geography)
Entrance year: 2012
 
Eleanor Mahoney studies the intersections of labor, the environment, memory and place in late nineteenth and twentieth-century America. She is particularly interested in the storytelling possibilities of large landscapes and in better understanding the various mechanisms that communities can employ to protect, perpetuate, and, if appropriate, share their cultural traditions. Eleanor has previously worked for the National Park Service as Assistant National Coordinator for Heritage Areas and for a variety of heritage conservation, public history and labor organizations in Appalachia, the Chesapeake Bay region and New Mexico.  Her current research focuses on documenting the changing political, racial and cultural landscapes of 1930’s Washington State. 

Jenny Palisoc (Nursing)
Portfolio Advisor: Theresa Ronquillo (Center for Teaching and Learning and Social Work)
Entrance Year: 2015

Jenny Palisoc is a PhD student in nursing science, researching suicide prevention in higher education. Her overall interests lie in uncovering ways to transform the paternalistic culture of mental health to promote bi-directionality in patient-provider relationships, emphasizing providers as “learners” and patients as “knowers” of their own bodies and minds. She is interested in examining discourses and identifying meaning in the spaces that high-suicide-risk youth inhabit and aims to empower peers within these communities to engage in promoting mental health and preventing suicide. Through public scholarship, her goal is to expand the influences on her work to include cross-disciplinary perspectives in order to challenge personal assumptions and biases about health care and mental health that may reinforce disempowerment of the very communities that she plans to serve. The fundamental tenet guiding her community involvement, research, and work endeavors is her passion to eliminate health inequity. Email: jenpal@uw.edu 

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Shane Petersen (English)

Portfolio Advisor: Andrea Otanez (Communication)
Entrance Year: 2017

Originally from Las Vegas, Shane Peterson is a pre-doctoral instructor and PhD student in the English Department. He received his BA in English with an emphasis on creative writing and minors in Editing and Writing/Rhetoric at Brigham Young University. He received his Master’s degree here at UW. His current research interests include public rhetoric, multimodality, writing pedagogy, community-based learning, and social activism within academia. As far as public scholarship is concerned, he hopes to explore and learn more about how victims of trauma, abuse, or oppression use writing (or composition with various modes) as a means of therapy or empowerment. Email: shrp98@uw.edu

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Rose Paquet Kinsley (Information Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Tad Hirsch (Interaction Design, School of Art)
Entrance Year: 2015

As a museum professional, Rose Paquet Kinsley was curious to learn more about the history and theoretical underpinnings of museums. She pursued a masters in Museology and has been studying inclusion discourses, policies, and practices in museums since. In 2012, she co-founded The Incluseum, an ongoing project and blog to promote critical discourse and reflexivity on inclusion in museums. She is currently interested in how groups are using digital tools to unsettle and enact radical new forms of museums and museum-like organizations. She is intrigued in how design methods can be employed to support and extend these activities. As a PhD student in Information School, Rose tries to weave together her scholarship, practice-based work, and social justice activism. Email: rosepk@uw.edu

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fabian romero (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Portfolio Advisor: Sonnet Retman (American Ethnic Studies)

Entrance Year: 2017

fabian romero (mestiza and Purepécha) is a PhD student in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. fabian’s academic interests emphasize the integration of indigenous feminist approaches to analyzing colonial legacies, gender, sexuality and immigration. fabian uses a collaborative research approach and combines oral history, digital archiving, reading and writing of poetry and filmmaking. Their work centers Purépecha people from Michoacán, Mexico to Seattle, Washington and beyond. Their interests include non-binary gender including two spirits, queer theory, indigenous feminisms, Latin American studies, film studies, and performance studies. fabian is committed to creating accessible work that can be shared with as many people as possible and continues to participate in activism, community organizing and performances. 

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Katja Schatte (History)
Portfolio Advisor: Dan Berger (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2013

Katja Schatte is a graduate student in modern European, Latin American, and Russian history. She focuses on the cultural and social history of socialist and communist societies during the Cold War. Katja is especially interested in oral history, private and collective memory, gender and sexuality, and experience of migration and diaspora. Before joining the UW as a graduate student, she was trained as a social worker at the Alice Salomon University Berlin, Germany and earned her MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. In the course of her education and her work as a social worker and researcher in Germany, Guatemala, and the United States, Katja has become interested in interviews and oral history as a way of creating community history. She hopes to further pursue this interest as a fellow in the Certificate Program.

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Emma Slager (Geography)
Portfolio Advisor: micha cardenas (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Entrance Year: 2015

My research focuses on informal Internet infrastructure in low-income urban communities. I am interested in how communities build and maintain their own communication networks when corporations and the state fail to invest in infrastructure, and in the relationship between this technology development and broader urban political struggles over public space and resource access. As my dissertation research will likely involve partnership with community organizations, I am particularly interested in the public scholarship program as a way of exploring how to conduct community engaged research that is just and ethical, and I am further eager for the cross-disciplinary engagement and training in publishing for non-academic audiences that the program affords. Email: ejslager@uw.edu

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Anne Tseng (Sociology)
Portfolio Advisor: Katharyne Mitchell (Geography)
Entrance Year: 2015

Anne’s research interests include the overlapping areas of race and ethnicity, stratification, inequality, and immigration. Her  research looks at the role of immigration selection policies in shaping the social and economic incorporation of new immigrants, and the implications of this on broader patterns of stratification. More specifically, Anne’s research looks at the salience of immigration admission categories and the factors that help explain why some immigrants get better or worse jobs than other immigrants. A student in the Department of Sociology, Anne is also currently a trainee at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. Email: anne128@uw.edu

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Sumyat Thu (English)
Portfolio Advisor: LeiLani Nishime (Communication)

Entrance Year: 2017

Sumyat Thu’s research and teaching focus on interdisciplinary and academic-public connections on composition/writing theories and pedagogy, writing center studies, and local and global relations of the English language. As an overarching framework, Sumyat has been exploring how English language is employed by the systemic structures of white supremacy and neoliberal capitalist economies, and on the other hand, how immigrants, migrants, refugees, and markedly multilingual people have been shaping the English language for the means of self- and community-empowerment and social justice. In her teaching, Sumyat helps students approach writing as social action and navigate boundaries between academic writing and public writing that could contribute materially to a community. She is excited to do grounded work of academic-public scholarship through the Simpson Center program and can be reached at smthu@uw.edu.

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Ethan Ucker (English)

Portfolio Advisor: Chandan Reddy (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies)
Entrance Year: 2017

Ethan Ucker is a prison and police abolitionist, an organizer, and an educator. In 2011 he co-founded Circles & Ciphers, a Chicago-based youth leadership development organization that fuses restorative justice and hip-hop to equip young Black people to interrogate and transform legacies of oppression. Before coming to UW, Ethan worked for 8 years in prisons, schools, and group homes across Chicago to address harm through community-based practices of healing and accountability. He researches abolitionist infrastructures, separatism, and fugitivity. One current project focuses on the MOVE Organization; another on firearm harm reduction. Also, through ongoing work with tribal court officials, criminalized young people, mothers, and elders on both the Hopi and the Navajo Reservations, Ethan is learning about traditional Indigenous conceptions of justice.  He has a BA from Swarthmore College, and an MA from the University of Chicago, where he wrote a thesis about the ways Octavia Butler’s teachings inform abolitionist organizing. Email: eucker@uw.edu

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