Faculty and Staff

New Faculty 2013 - 2014

New Full Time Faculty in the School of IAS for 2013-2014

IAS is pleased to welcome fourteen new, full-time faculty members in 2013-14. You will find below brief bios for each of them, along with a list of the courses they will be teaching in 2013-14.

Rebecca Aanerud, Senior Lecturer, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Planning in the Graduate School and Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her research and publications follow two separate but related lines of inquiry: issues of racism, whiteness, and feminist theory; and issues associated with graduate education and career paths of doctoral recipients. Most recently, her work has taken up wisdom. She explores the role of wisdom for social justice movements, feminist practice and pedagogy, and higher education. Rebecca is deeply committed to teaching and was a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008.

Becky Aanerud’s professional website:

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies
  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone

Aeron Bergman, Senior Artist-in-Residence, has a   master in art history from the University of Toronto and a master in studio art from New York University. He was professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 2007 to 2013 and has taught at art schools including Umeå Art Academy, Malmö Academy of Art, Trondheim Art Academy and the International Academy of Art, Palestine in Ramallah.

Aeron works with Alejandra Salinas as an artist duo producing media, performance, internet, sound and sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally. Upcoming exhibitions include Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria and the Bergen Assembly Triennial in Bergen, Norway.

Aeron Bergman's professional website: http://www.alejandra-aeron.com

In 2013-14, he will be teaching:

  • BIS 490 Senior Seminar
  • BISCLA 380 Arts in Context: Contemporary Art Theory
  • BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: WORD-Art Writing
  • BISIA 483 Advanced Arts Workshop: Print to Pixel

Lauren Berliner, Assistant Professor, is a scholar and filmmaker working in the area of critical media practice. In her community-based research and teaching she seeks to blur distinctions between theory and practice, using collaboration as a way to understand the contemporary use of digital audiovisual technologies in pedagogical and social contexts. Her research examines discourses of youth digital media empowerment in relation to the institutional structures and intersubjective dynamics that are shaping contemporary youth media production. This research emerges out of her involvement with teen video producers in two programs that she directs: Girls Empowered to Make Movies (sponsored by The Girl Scouts) and Changing Reels, a media workshop for San Diego LGBT youth. Lauren is also co-curator of Los Angeles Filmforum's Festival of (In)Appropriation. She holds an MA in Visual and Media Art from Emerson College and a PhD from the Department of Communication at University of California, San Diego.

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BIS 293 Special Topics: Introduction to Participatory Media
  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • BISMCS 333 Media and Communication Studies
  • BISMCS 343 Media Production Workshop: Mobile Media and Participatory Culture

Carrie Bodle, Lecturer, received her Masters of Science in Visual Studies from the MIT Visual Arts Program and BFA in Art and Technology from The Ohio State University. She is a visual and sound artist and has exhibited widely at venues including Location One Gallery (NYC), DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA), Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle), Indiana University Grunwald Gallery (Bloomington, IN), Cambridge Arts Council Gallery (Cambridge, MA), Boston CyberArts Festival (Boston), and the Washington State Convention Center (Seattle). Past residencies, fellowships, and grants include The Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, 911 Media Arts Center/Henry Art Gallery, City of Seattle, 4Culture, and MIT Council for the Arts. Bodle is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington School of Art.

Carrie Bodle's professional website: http://www.carriebodle.com

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BART 131 Intro to Visual Art
  • BCUSP 104 & 107 DCI: Art and Performance
  • BCUSP 191 Art and Public Space
  • BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: Video Art
  • BISIA 483 Advanced Arts Workshop: Digital and New Media Art

Amaranth Borsuk, Assistant Professor, is a poet and scholar working at the intersection of print and digital media. She is particularly interested in the history and future of the book and the relationship between writers and technologies of inscription. She is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a chapbook; and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented-reality poems. Her intermedia project Abra, a hybrid book-performance collaboration with Kate Durbin, Ian Hatcher, and Zach Kleyn recently received an Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and will be issued as an artist's book and iPad app in late 2013. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, where she taught classes in digital, visual, and material poetics. She currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell and is at work on a critical book, The Upright Script: Modernist Mediations and Contemporary Data Poetics.

Amaranth Borsuk’s professional website: http://www.amaranthborsuk.com

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BISIA 310 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • BISIA 401 Literary and Arts Journal
  • BISIA 483 Advanced Art Workshop
  • BCWRIT 501 Between Fact & Imagination

Charlie CollinsAssistant Professor, is currently a King-Chavez--Parks Fellow at Michigan State University where he is completing his PhD in Ecological-Community Psychology. His research is framed by the overarching question: In what ways do individuals and community organizations mobilize efforts to effectively advocate for community change and address structural inequalities within marginalized communities? As such, Charlie utilizes a variety of community-based research methods to identify both the processes and outcomes associated with the question above. Additionally, his teaching interests span areas of social science including social network analysis, community psychology, statistics, and community organizing, for example.

In 2013-14, he will be teaching:

  • BIS 315 Understanding Statistics
  • BISCP 343 Community Psychology

Sarah Dowling, Assistant Professor, is a poet and scholar working at the intersection of gender and sexuality studies, comparative ethnic studies, and contemporary poetics. Sarah is the author of Security Posture (Snare Books, 2009), selected by Rachel Zolf for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry; Birds & Bees (Troll Thread, 2012), a chapbook; and DOWN, forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2014. Sarah has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she co-curated the Emergency Reading Series and North of Invention: A Festival of Canadian Poetry at the Kelly Writers House. Sarah’s critical essays have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as American Quarterly, Canadian Literature, GLQ, Journal of Medical Humanities and Signs, and she is currently at work on a literary critical monograph about contemporary multilingual poetry. Sarah is international editor at Jacket2.

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BIS 206 Engaging Literary Arts
  • BISIA 207 Introduction to Creative Writing: Words, Stories, Dialogues
  • BCWRIT 511 Poetics Seminar: Writers' Research
  • BCULST 593 Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas

Amy Lambert, Lecturer, is an ecologist and sculptor. Her interdisciplinary teaching practice focuses on bridging the gap between ecological research and visual art. Her interest in teaching stems from a commitment to integrated study in the arts and sciences coupled with novel pedagogical practices needed to meld the creative minds of a new generation of biologists. She received her PhD in Conservation Biology and Master of Science in Restoration Ecology from University of Washington and BFA in Visual Arts from Florida State University. Most recently, her work has focused on pollinator conservation. Projects include both field-based research and the design and build of public artworks. Amy is also committed to environmental education and community-based restoration. Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Presidio National Park Service and Golden-Gate National Parks Conservancy. She is currently developing an innovative undergraduate docent program for UWB North Creek Wetlands that integrates inquiry-based instruction with faculty research.

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BES 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology
  • BIS 244 Wetlands Discovery
  • BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies: Breaking the Ice-Art & Climate Change Ecology
  • BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies: Public Art & Environmental Restoration
  • BISIA 213 Art Techniques: Sculpting the Human Form
  • BISIA 213 Art Techniques: Drawing Practice & Critical Thinking

Kristy Leissle, Lecturer, is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer, and her work focuses on the global trade of cocoa and chocolate. Her research has explored the different valuations of chocolate—as an agricultural export, manufactured luxury good, object of cultural adoration, and food—especially in West Africa, Great Britain, and the US. Her current project examines the emerging US artisanal chocolate industry and the meanings attached to chocolate artisanry by makers and consumers. Kristy is Education Director of the NW Chocolate Festival, the world’s largest gathering of bean-to-bar chocolate makers and confectioners, and her writing on chocolate has appeared or is forthcoming in Gastronomica, Alimentum, yes! magazine, and the Journal of African Cultural Studies. She values UWB’s commitment to interdisciplinarity, which allows her to teach international political economy, feminist studies, and African studies, as well as pursuing scholarly interests in the polar regions and the philosophy of science fiction. Kristy holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of Washington, an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs (UW), and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Oxford University.

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BIS 264 Africa on Film
  • BIS 282 Globalization
  • BIS 2xx Gender and Globalization
  • BCUSP 104 Thinking Beyond Borders: Philosophical Explorations of Science Fiction
  • BCUSP 115 Chocolate: A Global Inquiry

Lauren Lichty, Assistant Professor, is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 2010, with a specialization in Quantitative Methods and Evaluation Sciences. Through multiple strands of research that mix paradigms, media, and methods, Lauren seeks to identify how we, as scholars and community members, can create and support settings that foster health, empowerment, and social justice. Her work focuses on understanding and promoting adolescent health and well-being with particular attention to contextual risk and protective factors, culture, and youth as agents of social change. Her primary substantive focus is on sexual health, broadly defined. She is also interested in the footprint community-based researchers and universities leave in the communities with which they collaborate. In this line of work she attends to the process and outcomes of community-based research with youth and adults, university-community partnerships, and student engagement in community-based learning and research.

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BIS 220 Developmental Psychology
  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • BIS 316 Topics in Psychology: Human Sexuality
  • BIS 438 Prevention and Promotion

Minda Martin, Associate Professor, writes and directs experimental documentary and narrative films that explore the underpinnings and disparities of social class in America. Her films and videos have won many festival awards and screened internationally at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, REDCAT, Viennale, BAFICI, New York Video Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Creteil Films de Femmes, and Mostra/OMNI Video Art Tour. Along with her collection of seven short films and videos, her features include FREE LAND (2009) and AKA KATHE (2000). She holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.

Minda Martin will be teaching in 2014-15

Yolanda Padilla, Assistant Professor, works at the intersection of American, Latin American, and Latina/o studies, with an emphasis on transnational approaches to these fields. Currently, her research examines the ways in which early twentieth-century Mexican Americans understood the local specificities of their experiences in the United States in the larger context of cultural and political relations between the U.S. and Mexico. She is particularly concerned with the kinds of geopolitically-grounded epistemologies produced by Mexicans living on the U.S.-Mexico border in this period. Her additional research and teaching interests include theories of race and subject formation, border studies, and the study of race, gender, and sexuality in the Americas.

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • BISAMS 367 Exploring American Culture: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • BIS 3xx The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Culture, History, Theory

Alejandra Salinas, Senior Artist-in-Residence, has a master in fine arts from the Valand Art Academy, part of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She has taught at art schools including Umeå Art Academy, Malmö Academy of Art, Trondheim Art Academy, Skive Art College in Denmark and the International Academy of Art, Palestine in Ramallah.

Alejandra works with Aeron Bergman as an artist duo producing media, performance, internet, sound and sculptural works and objects in an interdisciplinary, conceptual yet socially engaged practice. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally. Upcoming exhibitions include Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria and the Bergen Assembly Triennial in Bergen, Norway.

Alejandra Salinas' professional website: http://www.alejandra-aeron.com

In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

  • B ART 131 Introduction to Arts Practice
  • BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: Site-specific and Public Art

Amoshaun Toft, Assistant Professor, studies how language, communication technologies, and social organizations are implicated in producing and contesting material inequality. His dissertation explored the ways that participants in the local Seattle homeless movement contested the deviance attached to their identity categories through direct action camping, brokered relationships between homeless participants and housed allies, and challenged city-level policies in the process. While at UW Bothell, Dr. Toft has helped students and alumni organize a student/community media project called UWave Radio: Your Voice, Your Vibe. He received his PhD in Communication from the University of Washington, and his BA in Social Ecology from Goddard College.

Amoshaun Toft’s professional website: http://atoft.net

In 2013-14, he will be teaching:

  • BCUSP 104 & 107 Stability and Change in Everyday Life
  • BISMCS 472 Advanced Media Production Workshop: Community Media Practice
  • BISMCS 333 Media and Communication Studies