Trina Ballard, '10

Trina BallardTrina Ballard was in the first cohort of graduates from the Cultural Studies program, which launched in 2008. at University of Washington Bothell.  Her graduate studies focused on the democratization of science (“citizen science”) and its intersection with grassroots activism around fresh water quality and commodification. Trina also presented a paper she wrote during the Cultural Studies program (“Chews Wisely ~ the Politics of Chewing Gum”) at the 2013 Cultural Studies Association Conference in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Washington and a minor in Scandinavian Studies.

Trina is proud to be a fourth-generation Washingtonian and has worked as an administrator in higher education for nearly two decades, both at Bellevue College and at Central Washington University, Kent. Desiring to have more direct engagement and mentorship with students, Trina began teaching Communication Studies in 2014. She is currently teaching at South Seattle College while working on a Ph.D. in Adult Higher Education at Oregon State University. Trina lives with her husband in Bellevue, along with an elderly rescue cat and a Bouvier des Flandres puppy.

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