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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2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars

Mika Ahuvia in suit jacket smiling with bookcase in background
Associate Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
Portrait of José Alaniz in wintertime New York from 2018
Professor
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Portrait of Dan Berger leaning against a brick wall
Associate Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
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Phd Candidate
Classics
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Assistant Professor
Department of English
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Assistant Professor
History
Portrait of Louisa Mackenzie
Associate Professor
French & Italian Studies
Portrait of Leigh Mercer
Associate Professor
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Portrait of Xin Peng standing by a golden Japanese Maple tree
PhD Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
Portrait of Rich Watts
Associate Professor
French & Italian Studies
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Doctoral Student
History

2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars Fellow

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Leigh Mercer (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor

Identity by Design: The Role of Catalan Nationalism in Barcelona’s Touristic and Cultural Productions

Identity by Design examines how Barcelona has become a crucible of Catalan identity in the new millennium, where competing images of what it means to be Catalan—as both a historical identity and consumerist brand—play out within and against the broader context of Spain’s nation-building project. Engaging with various modes of Barcelona’s popular, consumerist, and especially touristic culture, this book maps the role these cultural productions have had in creating and promoting Catalan ‘difference,’ with the overarching goal of understanding the very materiality of the present-day Catalan nationalist project.