Alumni Ambassadors

Alumni Ambassadors are alumni representatives who embody the values and aims of the MA in Cultural Studies program. As alumni working across diverse roles and sectors, they support prospective students, current students, and fellow alumni by sharing how they’ve translated their degrees and navigated their careers.

Learn about our Alumni Ambassadors and email them directly at iasalum@uw.edu.

Trina Ballard, '10

Trina Ballard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Washington and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. She was in the first cohort of graduates from the Cultural Studies program, which launched in 2008. Her graduate studies focused on the democratization of science (“citizen science”) and its intersection with grassroots activism around fresh water quality and commodification. Trina is currently teaching Communication Studies at South Seattle College while working on a Ph.D. in Adult Higher Education at Oregon State University.  Read more

Mona Halcomb, '11

Mona Halcomb graduated from the Cultural Studies program in 2011 and has worked in several leadership capacities, including Dean of Student Services for Northwest Indian College and Education Director with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation where she led multi-generational programs...most recently, she joined Oregon Department of Education as an Indian Education Specialist where her main focus is oversight of the Tribal Attendance Pilot Project, which aims to reduce chronic absenteeism in Oregon native communities.  Read more

Joshua Heim, '10

After several years as Cultural Arts Administrator for the City of Redmond, Joshua Heim accepted a position in 2016 as Arts Program Manager at the City of Bellevue where he manages cultural planning, grant making, public art programs, and serves as staff liaison to the Bellevue Arts Commission.  His interests include new approaches to public art, creative place-making, and Washington State’s cultural community; he serves on the King County 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee, King County Library Arts Advisory Committee, and the Humanities Washington Program Committee.  Read more

Julie Hurst '15

Julie Hurst entered the Cultural Studies program with a professional background in student affairs within housing and residential life and study abroad. While working in study abroad enrollment management, outreach, and recruitment, Julie began to formulate questions around access, reciprocity, and representation...Since graduating in 2015, Julie accepted the role of Director of Campus Engagement in the Center for Community Engagement at Seattle University.  Read more

Bogdana Manole, '14

Bogdana Manole graduated from the Cultural Studies program in 2014 and is now enrolled in the Environmental Social Science PhD Program at Arizona State University.  She initially applied to the Cultural Studies program because she was interested in issues of environmental justice, specifically in understanding how neoliberal market mechanisms lead to environmental degradation and social injustice. She answered these questions by researching the indigenous struggle for recognition through participation in the market economy.  Read more


Alumni Stories

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