Welcome and thank you for your interest in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell.  The Student Ambassadors are current graduate students in the Cultural Studies program who have volunteered to connect with prospective and newly admitted students and answer any questions you may have about the student experience. Read more about our Student Ambassadors below and feel free to reach out directly to them by emailing macsamb@uw.edu

Meet the Cultural Studies Student Ambassadors

Namita PaulNamita Paul, 2015 Cohort

For nearly a decade now, I have called the beautiful Pacific Northwest my home. Before starting the MACS program at UW Bothell, I have led a maker-rich life having worked as a fashion designer, fashion illustrator and instructor, and more recently, a mixed media visual artist with a focus on printmaking and textiles. At MACS, I am looking to bring together strains of that practice and enrich it with theory. My academic interests have since widened to include borders, immigration, South Asian diaspora, material culture, clothing and identity, subjectivity, and affect on one hand, and alternative epistemologies and embodied knowledges on the other. MACS program and its stellar faculty have turned out to be a boon for me as I navigate and develop my wide range of curiosities. Currently, I am working on production of knowledge through story telling wherein experiences of the marginalized, and the minoritized form the foundations for creating awareness of social and political concerns.

Contact me at macsamb@uw.edu.

Asaya PlumlyAsaya Plumly, 2015 Cohort

I graduated with my BA in Political Economy and Social Justice Movements from The Evergreen State College in 2002. Since that time I have been an active part of my community, participating in several social justice and anarchist endeavors. Meanwhile, I also worked in the restaurant and labor industries as well as with some non-profit organizations. Prior to entering the MACS program I had been teaching at a few different progressive schools around the country.

I entered the program with an interest in researching the relationship between sports (particularly basketball) and social justice (particularly confronting patriarchy). During my first year with MACS I did not focus as much on this subject as I had anticipated but I was very encouraged by the content of my courses throughout the year. In this way I was able to accomplish another goal I had entering graduate school, which was to build on my capacity to critically engage with political histories and liberatory expressions. I am currently trying to figure out how a more imaginative understanding about sports can be useful in conversations about anti-black racism and Islamophobia. The coursework and staff/faculty of the MACS program have been very supportive and challenging towards this end. With their support and that of my cohort, I will be able to combine my original intentions with the rigorous and interdisciplinary approach of MACS, in order to create a successful set of opportunities for myself moving forward.

In addition to being a Student Ambassador, I was also the Graduate Student Representative to the Diversity Council. I attempt to be as involved as possible in affecting the conditions of the University experience. I am looking forward to engaging with new and prospective students and offering any support that I can in making this transition as beneficial for you as possible. Please feel free to contact me at any point. Thank you!

Contact me at macsamb@uw.edu.