Reimagining the PhD Cohort

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In July 2015, the Simpson Center launched Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The conviction animating this initiative was that doctoral education, especially at a public university, must be guided by a capacious vision of its fundamental purpose: to contribute to the public good. From 2015-2021, the program prepared UW doctoral students in the humanities for this task by meaningfully connecting them to the diverse, access-oriented institutions of higher education in the Seattle District community colleges, and by supporting the development of both doctoral students’ public projects and publicly engaged graduate seminars taught by UW faculty in the humanities. Find out more about our programming below.

2019 - 2020 Scholars

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Doctoral Candidate
Department of Philosophy
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Doctoral Candidate
Department of Philosophy
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Postdoctoral Fellow
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Adrian Kane wears glasses and a blue shirt with a bookcase in the background.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Kaelie Giffel stands in front of water wearing a dark coat and glasses.
Assistant Director
Interpersonal Violence Prevention, North Carolina State University
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Technical Editor
Erin Gilbert stands in front of a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
Portrait of CR Grimmer in a turtleneck and jacket with the Puget Sound behind them
Communications Manager
Simpson Center for the Humanities
Jessica Holmes stands outside wearing white cap and denim jacket.
Visiting Assistant Professor
English/Writing, Eastern Oregon University
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Doctoral Candidate
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Associate Professor
German Studies
Portrait of Christine Harold wearing a purple scarf and sitting in front of a dark wall.
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication
Portrait of Candice Rai sitting in front of a bookcase.
Associate Professor