About Us


The IAS Graduate Office provides 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 the UW2-134.

Graduate Office Staff

Miriam Bartha

As Director of Graduate Programs, Miriam provides strategic leadership for the IAS Graduate Office; oversees office operations; 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-directs  (with Bruce Burgett) the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship and is Affiliate Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Contact Miriam.

Kate Osmond

As Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Kate advises current students on policies and procedures, and provides guidance in academic planning and progress. She also manages the admissions process and supports curricular development for the IAS graduate programs.

Kate comes to UW Bothell with a background in enrollment management, student advising, study abroad leadership and administration, and teaching. Kate holds a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology from Connecticut College. Contact Kate

Stephanie Driessel


As Graduate Staff Assistant, Stephanie assists the IAS Graduate Office with program promotion, student recruitment, and administrative support. She works with current and prospective students in all three IAS graduate programs, and is available to answer questions concerning applications, registration, and any of the other details of life in graduate school.

Stephanie is a second year graduate student in the Cultural Studies Program. Contact Stephanie.

Dominique Garcia

ELC-1570-(2).jpgAs Graduate Staff Assistant, Dominque’s role is to support the IAS Graduate programs and staff members with recruitment, event planning, and administrative support. She is also available to answer any questions about the application process or graduate student life. 

Dominique is a second year MA in Cultural Studies student at UW-Bothell. She completed her undergraduate work at Seattle Pacific University, receiving a B.S. in Physiology, and has plans to attend medical school in the future. Contact Dominique.

Affiliate Staff:

Jackie Belanger

As Cultural Studies Librarian, Jackie 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.

Jackie has been at UW Bothell since 2008. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University, a PhD in English from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK), and Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from University College London (UK). Contact Jackie

  Andreas Brockhaus

As Director of Learning Technologies at the University of Washington Bothell, Andreas provides support for the integration of technology in teaching and learning for faculty and staff in accordance with the University's mission of using the best of educational technology. His goal is to promote and enhance student learning through the most efficient and effective use of instructional technology. He is also affiliate faculty in IAS.

Andreas has been at UW Bothell since 2002. Prior to UWB, he was at North Seattle Community College as the manager of their teaching and learning center and taught as an adjunct faculty member. He has a B.A. in English from Western Washington University and an M.A. in English from the University of Washington. Contact Andreas

Sarah Leadley

Sarah LeadleyDirector, UW Bothell/Cascadia Library
Associate Dean of University Libraries
Contact Sarah


Karen Rosenberg

Karen Rosenberg

Director, Writing and Communication Center

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 Writing 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. Contact Karen