Graduate Research Clusters


(formerly Graduate Interest Groups) encourage crossdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students through organized readings, screenings, dissertation working groups, and other activities.

Comparative Study of Race

Photo of a protest, two signs that read "From Ferguson to Palestine Occupation is a Crime" and "Ferguson and Palestine Stop Apartheid Now"

The Comparative Study of Race graduate research cluster connects students across the fields of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies

Disability Studies

Black and white photo from a protest. Protesters in wheelchairs, holding signs saying "We shall overcome" and "Access is a civil right"

Disability Studies is a growing field that approaches disability from a social justice perspective. It pushes back against a dominant narrative that disability is a condition to be cured or minimized through medical, technical, or other intervention.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies

Writing desk from 2017 JaneFest celebration at the UW

The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century graduate research cluster brings together graduate students from English, Art History, Comparative Literature, French & Italian, Germanics, and other departments who research aspects of global middle moder

Gender and Sexuality

We are a diverse group with a common goal: to create supportive intellectual community that encourages a variety of rigorous work related to the topics of gender and sexuality.

Genomics Salon

Scroll, inkpot, and quill

The Genomics Salon graduate research cluster provides an informal forum for discussing subjects of general intellectual interest related to genomics and, more broadly, modern biology, in the spirit of Enlightenment-era French salons.

Indigenous Studies

Picture of a Graffiti Indigenous Studies Mural

This is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students interested in or pursuing work in Indigenous Studies with the goal of staying on top of the most recent American Indian and Indigenous studies scholarship as part of our professional developm

Inter-Asian Historiophoty

Collage of photos taken at Shanghai Film Museum, Korea Film Archive, and Tokyo film Center, courtesy of Belinda He and Ungsan Kim.

The Inter-Asian Historiophoty graduate research cluster gathers diverse graduate students from different departments and academic programs to explore the historiophoty of Asia together.

Interdisciplinary Freshwater Exploration Series on Dams

Diablo Dam in Ross Lake National Recreation Area of Washington, courtesy David Fulmer/Creative Commons

Dams in the Pacific Northwest provide valuable services such as hydropower generation, flood control, and water storage, which have been integral to the region’s social and economic development.

Multi-Disciplinary Translation Studies

Despite surging interest in the field of translation studies over the last decade, no coordinated program currently exists for UW translators or translation scholars.

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