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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Cohort Archives

2024 - 2025 Society of Scholars

Oya Rose Aktaş
Doctoral Candidate
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
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
JohnMorgan Baker
Doctoral Candidate
English
Andreas P. Bassett stands in front of a large shrubbery while wearing a dark jacket blue shirt and tie.
Doctoral Candidate
English
Anne Duncan
Doctoral Candidate
English
Kathleen Escarcha
Doctoral Candidate
English
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Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
Eric Villiers
Doctoral Candidate
School of Drama

2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow

Picture of Sarah Levin-Richardson standing in front of a beige wall wearing glasses, a blazer, and a black shirt.

Sarah Levin-Richardson (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor

The Emotional Landscape of Roman Slavery

This project takes seriously the roles of emotions in the lives of enslaved individuals living under ancient Roman rule. Pairing traditional and creative methodologies, it participates in a broader set of interventions—including by practitioners of Black feminist theory, critical Indigenous studies, and counterhistory—that challenge how scholarship is created, how it is valued, and the form in which it is presented. Ultimately, the project exposes the complex affective landscape that enslaved individuals faced, it highlights the real emotional labor they performed, and it shows the personal consequences that an empire built on slavery had for those held in servitude.