Society of Scholars

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The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress. 

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2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars

Heekyoung Cho looks to the left while wearing glasses.
Associate Professor
Asian Languages & Literature
Portrait of Alina Méndez.
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Portrait of Ariana Ochoa Camacho wearing glasses and standing in front of a bookcase.
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma
Portrait of Carole Lee standing outside.
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Portrait of Madeleine Dong wearing glasses, a scarf, and a dark jacket.
Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
Mal Ahern looks at a roll of film that has been unwound.
Assistant Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
profile of Maya Smith smiling at the camera, hair pulled back with some curls along the left side, wearing a red top under a blue blazer with a necklace
Associate Professor
Department of French & Italian Studies
Portrait of Megan Ybarra
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
A portrait of Raphaëlle Rabanes wearing a grey jacket.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
A portrait of Amalie Goul Dueholm standing in front of a wall.
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
A portrait of Anna Nguyen wearing glasses.
Doctoral Candidate
History
A portrait of Leah Rubinsky standing in front of a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Comparative Literature
Black and white portrait of Kewi Adeyemi
Assistant Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Justin Randolph stands in front of a dark wall while wearing glasses and a white sweater.
Assistant Professor
History, Texas State University
Brendan McElmeel stands on a rooftop wearing a dark shirt.
Doctoral Candidate
History
Diana Molkova stands facing the right while looking into the camera and holds a huge fuzzy dog.
Doctoral Candidate
Classics
Portrait of Gust Burns.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
Jingsi Shen stands outside with mountains in the background.
Doctoral Candidate
Comparative Literature
Matthew Childs sits outside on a hill overlooking a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
German Studies
Maxine Savage stands in front of a large bush while wearing glasses and a grey jacket.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Scandinavian Studies

2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars Fellow

Portrait of Alina Méndez.

Alina Méndez (she/her/hers/ella)

Assistant Professor

From Braceros to Emigrados: Migration, Farm Labor, and Social Reproduction in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali Borderlands

From 1942 to 1964, approximately two million Mexican men worked in US agriculture under the Bracero Program. This guestworker program had long-lasting effects on the populations and economies of Mexico and the United States. The Bracero Program reactivated Mexican migration to the United States, especially the seasonal patterns of male sojourner migration it created and sustained, and it upended agriculture’s prewar labor market. This project explores the socioeconomic and demographic transformations that the Bracero Program generated in a US-Mexico borderlands region. It complicates our common use of the term “cheap labor” by asking who bears the cost of low wages.