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
 

image of Emily FullerEmily Fuller, 2016 Cohort

As a queer, white, femme, able-bodied, anxiety-ridden, Jewish, cisgender woman & survivor, and as a Cultural Studies scholar, artist, and writer, I locate my work at the places where these identities merge as well as where they diverge, and in the spaces I find myself sharing with folks whose amalgams of identity markers are both the same and different than my own. My research includes not only “scholarly” work but also art, activism, creative writing, and various other pursuits. In my work, I ask questions and tell stories about queer communities and their ethics and cartographies of care, liberation projects and their possibilities as well as their contradictions and limitations. These stories are deeply informed by my own queer subjectivity, my intersecting identities, and the relationships and intimacies between myself and the people I am in community with. I am also a Cancer Sun/Libra rising, a dog mom, a partner, lover, housemate, friend, sister, and daughter, and a person who is constantly (with varying degrees of success) navigating and negotiating how to care for myself and my community, use my privileges to lift others up, and show up for the people around me. As much as possible, I try not to see these tasks as separate or divorced from the work that I do in MACS.

I received my BA in Philosophy at Smith College in 2012 and took four years off from academia before relocating from the East Coast to the West Coast and entering the MACS program last year. Feel free to ask me questions about my research, my experiences in the program, being an East Coast transplant, or anything else you want!

Contact me at macsamb@uw.edu.
 

image of Khairat SalumKhairat Salum, 2016 Cohort

As an undergraduate, I graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and a minor in Visual Media and the Arts at our local UW Bothell Campus. My connection to my community and passion for the arts led me to work as the Media and News Analysis Intern at CAIR WA and as the Media and Arts counselor for the youth at my local Zanzibarian community. Coming to the MACS program with an interest in social art and a background in video art, I came into MACS with an emphasis of exploring the politics of language in connection to Black identity and Black Aesthetics as forms of knowledge, experience and history. Since my time at MACS, not only am I continuing with my initial interest but in addition, through the different courses and facilities I have engaged with, my research topic has widened to include diverse pedagogies and theories such as performance studies, critical race theories and other research based methods of knowledge production.

Through the support and guidance of the MACS faculty and staff as well as the collaboration of my cohort, I’m able to intersect different aspects of my life as a Black Muslim Woman to the study of cultural studies where I am currently researching the linguistic tie to the genealogy of Ebonics Language to Black resistance through forms of oral history, storytelling and music; Hip Hop music.

Contact me at macsamb@uw.edu.