Ching-In Chen, Neil Simpkins, Ben Gardner, and Ron Krabill receive Cross-Disciplinary Research Clusters awards


IAS faculty members Ching-In Chen, Neil Simpkins, Ben Gardner, and Ron Krabill received awards for Cross-Disciplinary Research Clusters from the Simpson Center for the Humanities as part of the Center’s spring funding round. 

Chen and Simpkins were awarded funding for their second year of “Imagining Trans Futures.” Their cluster will continue their paired goals of building trans community and bringing trans studies to UW. This year, they will focus on bringing trans studies scholars to campus to share their theorizations of trans temporality as well as their experience navigating being trans in academia.

Gardner and Krabill, along with collaborator Anu Taranath, were funded for “Pedagogies of Reciprocity: The Politics of Knowledge, Equity, and Ethics in International Educational Collaboration.”  Their work builds on an ongoing collaboration with colleagues from Tanzania, India, Ghana and Mexico examining the ethical, political and cultural dimensions of international higher education and what counts as expertise in global travel, philanthropy and development. The group aims to challenge standard forms of collaboration within the academy to build new ways to work and produce knowledge together.

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