New Faculty 2016

School of Business

Codrin Nedita, Lecturer

Dr. Nedita recently served as an Assistant Professor at Eureka College.  He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010.


School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences:

Peter Brooks, Lecturer

Dr. Brooks earned an MFA from New Mexico State University in 2011, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in May, 2016. Additionally, Dr. Brooks has an MA in Higher Education Administration

Silvia Ferreira, Lecturer

Dr. Ferreira earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Santa Barbara in April, 2016. Her research spans Rhetoric and Composition and different fields of literary study using multilingual archives and digital technologies to draw attention to diverse voices.

Maryam Griffin, Assistant Professor

Dr. Griffin recently served as UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at UC Davis.  She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara in 2015 and a J.D. with Critical Race Studies Specialization from the UC Los Angeles School of Law in 2008.

William Hartmann, Assistant Professor

Dr. Hartmann earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Michigan in 2016.  His program of research explores the promise and shortcomings of established approaches to culture while extending these efforts through ethnographically-informed qualitative and mixed-methods research with American Indian communities.

Alka Kurian, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Kurian has been with UW Bothell since 2010.  She earned her Ph.D. in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies from the University of Sunderland, UK, in 2009. Dr. Kurian’s research focuses on the contemporary postcolonial thought examined through representations in literature and film.

Jed Murr, Lecturer

Dr. Murr has been with UW Bothell since 2012.  He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 2014. Dr. Murr’s research interests include: Cultural Studies and transnational American Studies; twentieth-century American Ethnic literatures and cultures; US racial formation and Critical Race Theory; visual art and culture; Black Studies and comparative Ethnic Studies; globalization, violence, and social movements.

Alice Pedersen, Lecturer

Dr. Pederson has been with UW Bothell since 2014.  She earned a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington in 2014. Her research interests span from transatlantic literature and culture, to compositions studies, to critical race studies, to the study of contemplative practice.

Thea Quiray Tagle, Assistant Professor

Dr. Tagle most recently served as the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego in 2015.  Her research employs an interdisciplinary cultural studies approach informed by scholarship in gender and sexuality studies, critical geography, and comparative ethnic studies; her research investigates Filipino diasporic visual art and performance praxis and the global reorganization of urban space.

Deirdre Vinyard, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Vinyard has served as an Assistant Professor in Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  She earned a Ph.D. in English, Composition and Rhetoric, from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. Her research focus is a multi-institutional study co-conducted with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Nova Southeastern University titled, “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers: A Cross Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers”.

Lee Ann Wang, Assistant Professor

Dr. Wang most recently served as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law. She earned a Ph.D. from the Program in American Culture, Asian Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2012. Her research analyzes the emergent paradigm of protection and punishment in U.S. immigration law through an ethnographic study of Asian American legal practices that help survivors of gender and sexual violence obtain legal status and remain within the nation-state.

Anida Yoeu Ali, Artist in Residence

Ms. Ali was the McGill Distinguished Lecture and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  She earned an M.F.A. in Studio Arts (Performance) from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2010. Her research with collaborative Studio Revolt centers around investigations of storytelling and narrative works that move people toward claiming their stake in the world, redefine the peripheral as a place for engagement, and question if limitations can be turned into the aesthetic basis for powerful works of art.


School of STEM

Division of Biological Sciences

Salwa Al-Noori, Lecturer

Dr. Al-Noori has served as a Senior Fellow-Trainee in the University of Washington, Department of Oral Health Sciences.  She earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Baylor College of Medicine in 2000. Her doctoral work centered on studying the cellular mechanisms underlying the selective vulnerability of hippocampal interneurons to excitotoxic injury.

Alaron Lewis, Lecturer

Dr. Lewis has taught at UW Bothell since 2011.  She earned a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Yale University in 2006. In her Ph.D. studies, she applied molecular biological and genetic strategies to dissect the role of SUMOylation in protein function.

Michelle Price, Lecturer

Dr. Price has served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  She earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin in 2009. She has been very active in outreach events at museums throughout the country and in Europe, including the Natural History Museum in London, England.  

Jesse Zaneveld, Assistant Professor

Dr. Zaneveld has served as a Research Associate at Oregon State University in the Department of Microbiology.  He earned a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. His current research project is The Global Coral Microbiome Projects: Co-diversification of threatened reef-building corals and their associated microbiotas.


Division of Computing and Software Systems

Jeffrey Kim, Lecturer

Dr. Kim has been an Affiliate Instructor with UW Bothell CSS since 2013, and has served as the Director of the Institute for National Security education and Research.  He earned a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2000. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and numerous conference abstracts and poster presentations. His teaching interests lie in systems analysis and design, programming fundamentals, software engineering, and cyber security.  

Arkady Retik, Lecturer

Dr. Retik has taught with the University of Washington Bothell, and was a Professor in the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.  He earned a Doctor of Science from Technion, School of Graduate Study, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1990. His areas of research and study include artificial intelligence; robotics; large engineering DBs; design evaluation and management; knowledge representation; optimization, fuzzy logics and linear programming; and 3D visualization using VR and AR.

Dong Si, Assistant Professor

Dr. Si recently served as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Northwest Missouri State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in 2015.  His research interests include large-scale data discovery, Feature detection and pattern recognition, Computer vision, Machine learning and Data mining; Geometric modeling and simulation; and Bioinformatics.


Division of Engineering and Mathematics

Nicole Hoover, Lecturer

Ms. Hoover was a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Mathematics from San Jose State University and later earned an MA in Mathematics from the University of California Davis.  She served in several instructional capacities at UC Davis, Cosumnes River College and the University of New Orleans. Ms. Hoover was the director of the Quantitative Skills Center at UW Bothell from 2006 to 2009, and returned to UW Bothell as a part time instructor in 2012 and was appointed as a full time instructor in 2015.


Division of Physical Sciences

Joey Key, Assistant Professor

Dr. Key has served as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since 2013.  She earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Montana State University – Bozeman in 2010. Her primary research interest is gravitational-wave data analysis, specializing in parameter estimation for all classes of gravitational wave sources.