IAS Graduate Programs staff provide 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 Programs Staff

Miriam Bartha

Miriam Bartha

As Director of Graduate Programs, Miriam provides strategic leadership; oversees operational plans; 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-founded  (with Bruce Burgett) the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship and is Affiliate Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Contact Miriam.

Frances Lee

Frances LeeAs Graduate Staff Assistant, Frances assists the IAS Graduate Office with program promotion, student recruitment, and administrative support. They work with current and prospective students in all three IAS graduate programs, and they are available to answer questions concerning applications, registration, and any of the other details of life in graduate school.

Frances is a second year masters student in the Cultural Studies program. They are a designer, writer, trans activist, and technologist. Check out Frances' portfolio for their work. Contact Frances

Chelsea Nesvig, Research Librarian 

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As Policy Studies Librarian, Chelsea assists students in conducting research and literature reviews for course assignments and capstone projects. She works with students both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis.

Chelsea graduated with her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in June 2014. She joined the Campus Library in January 2015 and has taught online and face-to-face in the lower division information literacy curriculum at both UW Bothell and Cascadia, along with providing instruction and support to faculty and students in UW Bothell's School of Nursing and Health Studies. Chelsea became the Global & Policy Studies librarian in April 2016.