About Us


The IAS Graduate Office provides advising to all currently enrolled students in the Cultural Studies and Policy Studies programs.

  • Select and register for classes
  • Understand the policies of the program, UW Bothell, and the Graduate School
  • Access campus resources
  • Explore career and professional development options (Cultural Studies, Policy Studies)

Our office is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday, and we are located in UW2-134.

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

215892-10150233179204532-650124531-8480131-5881905-n-(1).jpgAs 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

Stephanie Driessel

d.jpgAs Graduate Staff Assistant, Stephanie 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.

Stephanie is a second year graduate student in the Cultural Studies Program. Contact Stephanie.

Dominique Garcia

ELC-1570.jpgAs Graduate Staff Assistant, Dominque’s role is to support the IAS Graduate programs and staff members with recruitment, event planning, and administrative support. Dominique Garcia is a second year MA in Cultural Studies student at UW-Bothell. She is originally from Southern California, but moved to Seattle to complete her undergraduate work at Seattle Pacific University. She received her B.S. in Physiology from SPU, and has plans to attend medical school in the future.

Dominique’s current research interests include healthcare disparities, structural inequalities, and power dynamics in  medicine. Her capstone project, Patient-Held Stigma in Primary Care, focuses on the patient perspective in a clinical setting and how biases affect healthcare outcomes in underserved communities. Contact Dominique.

Affiliate Staff:

Alyssa Deutschler

As Policy Studies librarian, Alyssa assists students with their research and helps them navigate the resources available to them through the UW Libraries. She graduated with a BA from the Evergreen State College and a Masters in International Studies and Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. Contact Alyssa