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Simpson Center for the Humanities

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 doctoral students who have participated in Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics (2015-2019) or the subsequent iteration of the program, Catalyzing Collaboration (2019-2021). Reaching New Publics fellows are meaningfully connected to the diverse, access-oriented institutions of higher education of the Seattle District community colleges. Fellows learn about the vital role of two-year colleges in higher education by shadowing community college faculty mentors over the course of an academic year. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fellowship cohorts are designed with collaboration in mind: fellows apply to the program jointly and learn together about the two-year colleges under the guidance of two faculty mentors. 

2020-21 Mellon Collaborative Fellows

With UW faculty advisor and two-year college faculty mentors 

Rebecca Taylor (English), with Joe Wilson
Advisor: Candice Rai
Mentors: Anna Hackman and Shelley Douma

Joe Wilson (English), with Rebecca Taylor
Advisor: Anis Bawarshi
Mentors: Anna Hackman and Shelley Douma

Jessica Bachman (History), with Katia Chaterji
Advisor: Anand Yang
Mentors: Jim Jewell and Cristóbal A. Borges 

Katia Chaterji (History), with Jessica Bachman
Advisor: Laurie Sears
Mentors: Jim Jewell and Cristóbal A. Borges

Anna Bates (Philosophy), with Erica Versalovic
Advisor: Jean Roberts
Mentors: Anthony Ferrucci and Larry Cushnie

Erica Versalovic (Philosophy), with Anna Bates
Advisor: Sara Goering
Mentors: Anthony Ferrucci and Larry Cushnie

2019-20 Mellon Collaborative Fellows

With UW faculty advisor and two-year college faculty mentors 

Kaelie Giffel (English), with Caitlin Postal
Advisor: Jessica Burstein
Mentors: Jim Jewell and Cristóbal A. Borges

Caitlin Postal (English), with Kaelie Giffel
Advisor: Kate Norako
Mentors: Jim Jewell and Cristóbal A. Borges

Jorge Bayona (History), with Adrian Kane
Advisor: Vincent Raphael
Mentors: Anna Hackman and Greg Hinckley

Adrian Kane (History), with Jorge Bayona
Advisor: Jordanna Bailkin
Mentors: Anna Hackman and Greg Hinckley

Sophia Heurter (Philosophy), with Justin Lawson
Advisor: Michael Blake
Mentors: Anthony Ferrucci and Larry Cushnie

Justin Lawson (Philosophy), with Sophia Heurter
Advisor: Andrea Woody
Mentors: Anthony Ferrucci and Larry Cushnie

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
Julian explored community-engaged teaching in the community college context, learning from and contributing to Cristóbal’s public-facing pedagogy and community partnerships. As they were situated in different disciplines, Julian and Cristóbal also had ample opportunity to explore teaching interdisciplinary content at the 2-year college.

Marcus Johnson (Communication)
Advisor: Ralina Joseph
Mentor: Scott Ku, North Seattle College
Marcus focused on issues of educational equity and access. He devoted time to investigating how to better support transfer students—particularly first generation students and students of color—from Seattle District colleges to the University of Washington.

Céline Maillard (French & Italian)
Advisor: Doug Collins
Mentor: Marian Lyles, Seattle Central College
Céline Maillard explored Learning Communities or Coordinated Studies Courses, which are team-taught courses that encourage creative and critical thinking by engaging academic content through the lens of students’ life experience. Seattle Central College has been a leader in developing this innovative model designed to increase curricular coherence and strengthen student-faculty relationships.

Jennifer Smith (History)
Advisor: Josh Reid
Mentor: Jaime Cárdenas, Jr., Seattle Central CollegeAs a former community college herself, Jennifer learned that attending community college as a student is very different from teaching at a community college. Specifically, she familiarized herself with community college students’ wide range of challenges and goals, and seriously considered the particularities and possibilities of a community college career.

Paul Tubig (Philosophy)
Advisor: Sara Goering
Mentor: Anthony Ferrucci, South Seattle College
Paul and Anthony investigated responsive curriculum design that might reach diverse student demographics with varying levels of preparedness. Whether they were exploring how to teach reading skills or create engaging lectures, their interests centered on supporting and retaining students through effective pedagogy.

Ethan Ucker (English)
Advisor: Gillian Harkins
Mentor: Jim Jewell, North Seattle College
Ethan and his mentor Jim devoted time to interrogating and disrupting toxic masculinity across campus cultures—both at the community college level and at the research university. They launched male-identified working groups to provide a place for men to share stories, exchange ideas, and create mechanisms of mutual accountability around gender performance and gender relations.

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.