People

Student Ambassadors

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell.  The Student Ambassadors are current graduate students in the Cultural Studies program who have volunteered to connect with prospective and newly admitted students and answer any questions you may have about the student experience. Read more about our Student Ambassadors below and feel free to reach out directly to them by emailing macsamb@uw.edu

Meet the Cultural Studies Student Ambassadors

Randizia Crisostomo, 2017 Cohort

I (she/her) am a Chamorro, second year graduate student within the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program at the University of Washington Bothell. I was born and raised on the island of Guåhan (Guam) and moved to Washington State at a young age together with my father’s family. I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a minor in American Indian Studies in 2016. My passion and interests are in Indigenous Knowledge, Ethics, Oceania Studies, and integrating decolonized methodologies into institutions of higher institutions. I am currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for Oceania and Asia at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and enjoy my time spent working together with Indigenous objects, along with learning from community members. I am very driven by my family and love to spend my free time cooking, traveling, and being creative. I am looking forward to pursuing a Ph.D. in a field related to Indigenous Studies and perhaps traveling back to my home - Guåhan.

Contact me at macsamb@uw.edu.


Ranna HarbRanna Harb, 2017 Cohort

My journey to Cultural Studies began through my time as an undergraduate at UW Bothell where I received my B.A. in Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior. After I graduated, I began a job as an assistant administrator and quickly learned that I am someone that thrives in a working environment that is always evolving and forces me to go beyond my mental comfort zone. I realized an administrator job was not for me. I applied to the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies because of the program's interdisciplinary approach to research and emphasis on questioning the systems in place that produce power and knowledge to explore structures of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Facilitating dialogue and using interdisciplinary approaches are vital to my Palestinian identity and equally important to my research. My research offers a new entry point to engaging with Palestine/Palestinian identities while examining how first-generation Palestinians connect to Palestine while living in the greater Seattle area.

Cultural Studies has acted as a channel in directing my research by introducing methodologies, analysis, theories, and collaboration techniques- and most importantly, encouragement to navigate unfamiliar territories and to revel in it. If you have any questions about the Cultural Studies program, send an email – I will be happy to share!

Contact me at macsamb@uw.edu.