Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Graduate Office staff will support the administrative and advising functions of the MFA program.

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Graduate Office Staff

Miriam Bartha

As Director of Graduate Programs, Miriam provides strategic leadership for the IAS Graduate Office; oversees office operations; and stewards program assessment, development and implementation.

Miriam comes to UW Bothell from the UW Seattle campus, where she worked as Associate Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities developing curricular and co-curricular graduate programs, as well as cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research collaborations. She completed a Ph.D. in Literatures in English at Rutgers University, studying at the intersection of gender, performance, and cultural studies, and worked as an arts administrator for PEN, the international non-profit writers' advocacy organization.  Her current research focuses on graduate education, diversifying professional development pathways, and ethical practices of partnership and community engagement. She co-directs  (with Bruce Burgett) the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship and is Affiliate Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Contact Miriam

Kate Osmond

As Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Kate advises current students on policies and procedures, and provides guidance in academic planning and progress. She also manages the admissions process and supports curricular development for the IAS graduate programs.

Kate comes to UW Bothell with a background in enrollment management, student advising, study abroad leadership and administration, and teaching. Kate holds a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology from Connecticut College. Contact Kate

Meshell Sturgis


As Graduate Staff Assistant, Meshell assists the IAS Graduate Office with program promotion, student recruitment, and administrative support. She works with current and prospective students in all three IAS graduate programs, and is available to answer questions concerning applications, registration, and any of the other details of life in graduate school.

Meshell is a second year graduate student in the Cultural Studies program. Her student bio can be found hereContact Meshell

Affiliate Staff:

Laura Dimmit

Creative Writing and Poetics Librarian

Laura assists students in conducting research and navigating the resources available to them through the UW Libraries. She works with students and faculty both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis.

Laura joined the Campus Library staff in 2016. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Missouri State University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master’s of Science in Library Science (MSLS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Laura at or (425) 352-3505.