About Us

Staff

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.

Lisa Olason

As Alumni and Community Relations Manager, Lisa manages alumni programming and community engagement for the School of IAS.  Her role involves cultivating relationships with IAS alumni, donors, and community leaders which support and strengthen the School of IAS and UW Bothell.


Prior to UW Bothell, Lisa spent 16 years in the nonprofit sector, including eight years in the field of international development.  She has worked as a project manager, volunteer coordinator, cross-cultural trainer, event planner, fundraiser, and psychotherapist and has served diverse populations, including adolescents, elders, persons living with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence survivors, and international women and children.  Lisa has a BA in Human Services from Western Washington University and an MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.  Contact Lisa

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
 

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