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.

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
  • Brendan McElmeel (History)
    Advisor: Glennys Young
    Mentor: Cristóbal A. Borges, North Seattle College
  • Kristina Pilz (Germanics)
    Advisor: Brigitte Prutti
    Mentor: Jim Jewell, North Seattle College
  • Guillaume Tourniaire (Drama)
    Advisor: Odai Johnson
    Mentor: Shelley Douma, Seattle Central College
  • Zhenzhen He-Weatherford (English)
    Advisor: Suhanthie Motha
    Mentor: Phebe Jewell, Seattle Central College
  • Kyle Kubler (Communications)
    Advisor: Matthew Powers
    Mentor: Donte Quinine, South Seattle College

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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