B.A., Literature, Swarthmore College

M.A., Women Studies, University of Washington

Ph.D., Women Studies, University of Washington

Office: UW2 106-B

Phone: 425.352.3536

I am passionate about writing, writing pedagogy, and capable and creative program administration.  As the Director of the Writing Center I have the great privilege of supporting students and faculty in creating productive spaces to explore, revise, and re-imagine their writing and communication practices.  I support students through in-class workshops, teaching, and directing the Center.  I support faculty through consultations on course design topics such as creating effective writing assignments, appropriate assessments, and innovative ways of integrating writing into courses. 


I am currently pursuing research in three areas.  First, I am working to expand the boundaries of writing center scholarship and looking at how the democratic impulse that guides much of this work can usefully inform (and be informed by) other scholarship in fields such as women’s studies and disability studies.  Second, I am continuing my dissertation work which examined feminist activist discourse on violence against women in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  This work traces differences in activist discourse on both sides of the border and locates these differences within Canadian and US rhetoric on the role of the criminal justice system across both sites.  Third, I am interested in the politics and practice of storytelling as a tool for social change.

Selected Publications

2009  Karen Rosenberg. “Playing Games with the Law: Legal Advocacy and Resistance.”  in Victim No More: Resistance, Women and the Law.  Ellen Faulkner and Gayle MacDonald, eds.  Fernwood Press: Halifax.

2008  Karen Rosenberg.  “Gender as a Social Institution” in Encyclopedia of Gender and Society.  Jodi O’Brien, ed.  Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks.

2008  Karen Rosenberg and Judith Howard.  “Finding Feminist Sociology.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 33:3 (675-696).

2007  Kathie Friedman and Karen Rosenberg.  “Performing Identities in the Classroom: Teaching Jewish Women’s Studies.”  Teaching Sociology 35:4 (315-333).

2006   Karen Rosenberg.  Review of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex, edited by Julia Sudbury; Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings on Race, Class, Gender and Culture, edited by Natalie J. Sokoloff with Christina Pratt; and Women’s Police Stations: Gender, Violence, and Justice in Sao Paolo, Brazil, by Cecilia MacDowell Santos.  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 32:1 (278-283).

2002  Karen Rosenberg.  “Wasabi was the Bitter Herb.”  in Expat : Women's True Tales of Life Abroad. Christina Henry De Tessan, ed.  Seal Press: New York.

Did You Know?

Nine out of 10 of UW Bothell students are from the state of Washington.