Isaac Rivera is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington and Council Member at The Fourth World Center for the study of Indigenous Law and Politics.

Denise Grollmus is a writer, scholar, teacher, web designer, and translator who was the Simpson Center's Communications Manager from 2018-2020. 

Dan Berger is associate professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His research and teaching focus on histories of the carceral state and US social movements.

I work in feminist, queer, and critical race theory. At its broadest, my research considers twentieth and twenty-first century cultural and scientific representations of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity in the Anglophone and Francophone worlds.

Kemi Adeyemi is Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Director of The Black Embodiments Studio at the University of Washington.

Dr. Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan) has been teaching in AIS since 2002. Dian Million’s most recent research explores the politics of mental and physical health with attention to affect as it informs race, class, and gender in Indian Country.

Professor Jang Wook Huh specializes in ethnic American and comparative literatures, with an emphasis on modern cross-cultural exchanges in transpacific circuits. He is currently working on a book that examines the literary and cultural connections between black liberation struggles in the U.S.

La TaSha Levy is a Black Studies scholar who currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. She earned a Ph.D.

LaShawnDa Pittman is an Associate Professor in the American Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Sociology at Northwestern University.

Chandan Reddy is Associate Professor in the departments of the Comparative History of Ideas and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. His book, Freedom With Violence: Race, Sexuality and the U.S.

Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva is an associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Washington-Seattle. She graduated magna cum laude from the Universidad de Puerto Rico - Río Piedras with a B.A. in History. She holds an M.A.

Amanda Swarr is associate professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Joel Alden Schlosser is a political theorist, and his research follows the late Sheldon Wolin (his teacher’s teacher) by seeking to make the history of political thought relevant to the present.

Jordana Bailkin is a scholar of modern Britain and empire who has been dedicated to exploring the global dimensions of British studies and participating in scholarly and public conversations about Britain’s shifting status in the world.

Darren Byler was a postdoctoral researcher in the ChinaMade project at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2018 and is currently Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Olivia Noble Gunn is Assistant Professor and the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Leila K. Norako specializes in late medieval literature and culture, with particular interests in Middle English romance, crusades literature, and matters of Otherness and alterity.

Dr. Dahya’s research explores the social and cultural context of digital media production and use with a focus on learning contexts and non-dominant communities.

James Gregory's research and teaching center on four aspects of 20th century United States history: (1) labor history, particularly the history of American radicalism; (2) regionalism, both the West and the South; (3) race and civil rights history; (4) migration, especially inside the United Stat

Sonnet Retman is a literary scholar who works on African American literature and culture.  Her work explores how narrative produces race as it intersects with constructions of gender, sexuality and class.  She is particularly interested in analyzing the meanings of racial representations as they

C. R. Grimmer is a poet and scholar from Southeast Michigan's Metro-Detroit area. C. R. received their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington (UW) as well as their M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A.

I am an Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. My scholarship is in African American Literary Studies of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. From New Jersey, Dr.

Lise Lalonde's doctoral work in French Studies from the University of Washington focused on issues of equity and social justice, particularly on the role of race in the construction of French identity. 

Alysse Hotz earned a doctorate from the Department of English in 2022 and was a 2016-20

Kristina Pilz was a 2017-2018 Mellon Collaborative Fellow for Reaching New Publics. Her research is guided by her larger interest in Poetry and Poetics, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial, as well as Race and Ethnicity Studies.

Alina R. Méndez is a 2022-2023 Society of Scholars Fellow.

Leah Rubinsky is a 2022-2023 Society of Scholars Fellow and a 2022-2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellow.

Maxine Savage is a doctoral candidate in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. Their research explores queer history and temporality, racialized sexuality and gender, and climate and place-based discourses in contemporary Nordic literature and cinema.

Samantha Thompson is a feminist urban geographer and doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her dissertation explores the role of care in housing through an examination of the history of tenant protections in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.

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.

Lynn M. Thomas is the Giovanni and Amne Costigan Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle with adjunct appointments in Anthropology and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies.

Justin Randolph is Assistant Professor of History at Texas State University. An ACLS Fellow for academic year 2022-2023, he joins the Simpson Center to finish his first book on policing and resistance in rural America.

Douglas S. Ishii is an assistant professor in the Department of English, where he teaches classes in Asian American literature and culture, U.S. multiethnic literatures, queer of color critique, and cultural studies methods and theory. He received his Ph.D.

Ralina L. Joseph is a scholar, teacher, and facilitator of race and communication.

Frances H. O'Shaughnessy is a historian of slavery and empire specializing in nineteenth-century African American history.


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Christopher Tounsel (Associate Professor, History, and Director, African Sudies Program) is an historian of modern Sudan, with special focus on race and religion as political technologies.