Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities

Students talk in classroom with graduate student

Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities are University of Washington graduate students who join Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a program to connect teaching and scholarship in the humanities to broader publics. The fellowships develop connections between the UW and two-year colleges in the Seattle area, helping scholars and teachers understand the increasingly vital role of two-year colleges in higher education.

As Mellon Fellows, students partner with a two-year-college faculty member, in a discipline they share, for professional development and mentoring over the course of a year.

2018-19 Mellon Fellows

With UW faculty advisor and two-year college faculty mentor 

  • Julian Barr (Geography)
    Advisor: Michael Brown
    Mentor: Cristóbal Borges, North Seattle College
  • Marcus Johnson (Communication)
    Advisor: Ralina Joseph
    Mentor: Scott Ku, North Seattle College
  • Céline Maillard (French & Italian)
    Advisor: Doug Collins
    Mentor: Marian Lyles, Seattle Central College
  • Jennifer Smith (History)
    Advisor: Josh Reid
    Mentor: Jaime Cárdenas, Jr., Seattle Central College
  • Paul Tubig (Philosophy)
    Advisor: Sara Goering
    Mentor: Anthony Ferrucci, South Seattle College
  • Ethan Ucker (English)
    Advisor: Gillian Harkins
    Mentor: Jim Jewell, North Seattle College

2017-18 Mellon Fellows

With UW faculty advisor and two-year college faculty mentor 

  • alma khasawnih (GWSS)
    Advisor: Sasha Welland
    Mentor: Karen Stuhdreher, North Seattle College
    alma focused on issues of educational equity and access and devoted time to smoothing pathways for transfer students interested in feminist studies, in particular, by advocating for updated transfer equivalency agreements between her home department and Seattle District colleges.

  • Brendan McElmeel (History)
    Advisor: Glennys Young
    Mentor: Cristóbal A. Borges, North Seattle College
    Brendan explored pedagogical questions and strategies that emerged from his mentor’s reconceptualization of the history classroom as a publicly-engaged classroom—and history as a public practice as much as a scholarly endeavor.

  • Kristina Pilz (Germanics)
    Advisor: Brigitte Prutti
    Mentor: Jim Jewell, North Seattle College
    Kristina and her mentor Jim—our first cross-disciplinary pairing—found plenty of common ground to explore given their shared interest in using theatre and role-playing activities as pedagogical tools. Using theatre as pedagogy was central to a spring 2018 class that Jim co-taught with mentor Cristóbal Borges.

  • Guillaume Tourniaire (Drama)
    Advisor: Odai Johnson
    Mentor: Shelley Douma, Seattle Central College
    Guillaume and his mentor Shelley were a dynamic pair united by their shared passion for theatre. Guillaume explored the specific challenges and possibilities of producing plays in the community college context and was centrally involved in the spring production of Tartuffe at Seattle Central College.

  • Zhenzhen He-Weatherford (English)
    Advisor: Suhanthie Motha
    Mentor: Phebe Jewell, Seattle Central College
    Zhenzhen explored how inclusive classrooms and critical pedagogy might manifest across institutional contexts, bringing students from the two-year college together with students from UW in a series of focus groups devoted to questions of power and difference in the classroom.

  • Kyle Kubler (Communications)
    Advisor: Matthew Powers
    Mentor: Donte Quinine, South Seattle College
    Kyle conducted a critical exploration of Guided Pathways as it’s currently being implemented at South Seattle College, and, based on his research, ultimately advocated for the future involvement of graduate students in UW’s Community College Engagement Initiative as advisors/mentors for transfer students.

2016-17 Mellon Fellows

With UW faculty advisor and two-year college faculty mentor 

  • Nathaniel Bond (Asian Languages & Literature)
    Advisor: Justin Jesty
    Mentor: Melanie King, Seattle Central College

    Nathaniel shadowed Melanie King (Art History), his faculty mentor at Seattle Central College, focusing their joint discussions on racial politics, institutionalized racism, and systemic inequality and its perpetuation.

  • Anjuli Brekke (Communication)
    Advisor: LeiLani Nishime
    Mentor: Scott Ku, North Seattle College

    Anjuli worked with Scott Ku (Communication), of North Seattle College, to design and host a campus visit to North for ten UW humanities doctoral students that included meetings with faculty and deans, a campus tour, and informal discussion.

  • Bradley Horst (History)
    Advisor: Elena Campbell
    Mentor: Cristóbal A. Borges, PhD, North Seattle College

    Bradley and Cristóbal Borges (History) focused on humanities pedagogy in the two-year college context, including cross-disciplinary team-teaching, online teaching, teaching in majority-dual-enrollment classrooms, and teaching effectively in diverse classrooms.

  • Alysse Hotz (English)
    Advisor: Sonnet Retman
    Mentor: Tish Lopez, South Seattle College

    Alysse investigated institutional practices related to social justice with her mentor, Tish Lopez (English), at South Seattle College. Hotz connected with key administrators at South to learn more about how the college supports its immigrant and refugee students.

  • Katherine Morrow (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)
    Advisor: Yomi Braester
    Mentor: Veronica Barrera-Kolb, Seattle Central College

    Katherine re-envisioned her introductory film class to include student-driven production projects alongside film analysis after observing a similar course taught by Veronica Barrera-Kolb (Humanities) at Seattle Central College.

  • Jacqui Pratt (English)
    Advisor: Candice Rai
    Mentor: Mike Hickey, South Seattle College

    Jacqui and Mike Hickey (English), her faculty mentor at South Seattle College, situated the practice of teaching in the context of tenure, labor union politics, and governance, an approach that led to a comprehensive view of faculty life on the two-year college campus.

2015-16 Mellon Fellows

With UW faculty advisor and two-year college faculty mentor

  • Alexandra (AJ) Burgin (English)
    Advisor: Carolyn Allen
    Mentor: Kennan Knudson, North Seattle College

    AJ helped develop and launch a new two-credit course, “College Applications and Personal Statements,” designed by her faculty mentor for two-year college students interested in transferring to four-year institutions.

  • Lise Lalonde (French & Italian)
    Advisor: Maya Smith
    Mentor: Laurie Kempen, PhD, Seattle Central College

    Lise looked into the ways in which foreign language learning programs, at both two-year and four-year colleges and universities, are perceived by lawmakers. She also devoted significant attention to study-abroad access for students at Seattle Central College.

  • Janice Moskalik (Philosophy)
    Advisor: Jean Roberts
    Mentor: William Harms, PhD, Seattle Central College

    Janice shadowed her faculty mentor in a variety of classes and developed a new course, “Philosophy for Children,” to be added to the two-year college schedule in the coming years.

  • Lily Schatz (History)
    Advisor: Madeleine Yue Dong
    Mentor: Jaime Cárdenas, Jr., PhD, Seattle Central College

    Lily conducted research on economic security and transfer students, laying the groundwork for a journal article to be co-authored with her mentor. She worked with students in the classroom and in the TRiO Student Support Services program.

  • Angela Durán Real (Spanish & Portuguese)
    Advisor: Anthony Geist
    Mentor: Asha Tran, South Seattle College

    Angela and her faculty mentor designed a survey for two-year college students to better understand their perceptions of study abroad and to support access to these programs. (Read more.)

  • Daniel Stofleth (Communication)
    Advisor: Valerie Manusov
    Mentor: Marian Lyles, Seattle Central College

    During their collaboration, Marian and Daniel established connections with scholars engaging with topics such as activism, race, technology, and mindfulness. Daniel connected two-year college students to UW lectures and learning communities, and reciprocally encouraged UW students to participate in programming at Central.


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