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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2024 - 2025 Society of Scholars

Oya Rose Aktaş
Graduate Student
History
Danya Al-Saleh
Assistant Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
M. Aziz
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Jennifer Baez
Assistant Professor
Art History / School of Art + Art History + Design
Jacob Beckert
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Bianca Dang
Assistant Professor
History
Diana Flores Ruíz
Assistant Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
Ungsan Kim
Assistant Professor
Asian Languages and Culture
Josh Reid
Associate Professor
American Indian Studies
Kyle J. Trembley
Graduate Student
Anthropology
JohnMorgan Baker
Graduate Student
English
Andreas P. Bassett stands in front of a large shrubbery while wearing a dark jacket blue shirt and tie.
Graduate Student
English
Anne Duncan
Graduate Student
English
Kathleen Escarcha
Graduate Student
English
medium close-up of Yandong. He is on the left of the frame in a black t-shirt looking at the camera. To the right is a light flare form the setting sun, while the background shows buildings and a park.
Graduate Student
Cinema & Media Studies
Eric Villiers
Graduate Student
School of Drama

2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow

Portrait of Arbella Bet-Shlimon in front of a dark wall.

Arbella Bet-Shlimon (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor

Colonialism and Anticolonialism Across the Iraq-Kuwait Border, 1920-1990

In her second book, Bet-Shlimon studies how colonized people articulate their aspirations for liberation in places where imperial relationships at different scales overlap and intertwine. How do transformations in the environment and migration—especially in regions most acutely affected by climate change, and those that are central to the fossil-fuel industry—affect those processes? Examining the period between the founding of the Iraqi state in 1920 and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, she asks: how did people in Iraq and Kuwait understand themselves, each other, and their relationship to one another against Western imperialism and across colonial land and water borders?