IAS News

Alka Kurian receives Fulbright Award

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IAS faculty member Alka Kurian has been awarded a five-month Fulbright US Scholar award for Morocco. Starting in September 2020, Kurian will be based at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdella, Fez, where she will carry out research on digital feminism.  Data gathered will ...

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David Ryder covers coronavirus and produces documentary film

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IAS alum David Ryder (’11) has been an independent Seattle photographer and filmmaker for more than 15 years. His portfolio includes extensive experience with wildfires, disaster zones, and hurricane coverage. Ryder’s most recent work concerns travel restrictions to China due to coronavirus. Later this week he will photograph a U.S. government quarantine facility near North Bend ...

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Cultural Studies alumni share their career pathways

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The M.A. in Cultural Studies (MACS) program prepares students for careers in social, cultural, and arts fields or further interdisciplinary graduate education across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Graduates work across diverse roles and sectors, and each winter a panel of alumni are invited to connect with students to share their post-graduate experiences and career navigations. This year students heard from Joshua Heim (’10), Meshell Sturgis (’17), and Mollie Wolf (’15).  Each alum ...

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My Story: Ending mass incarceration

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While a student, Daisy Wong participated in IAS faculty member Gary Carpenter’s “Arts of Social Transformation,” a mixed enrollment course at Monroe Correctional Complex, alongside incarcerated individuals. Says Wong, “As a Community Psychology major, this course was a culmination of everything that I had learned about systemic oppression, racism and how these mechanisms disproportionately affect black and brown communities.” The recent graduate is now pursuing a Master of Social Work at UW in Seattle.

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Melanie Malone's work highlighted as part of UW’s Urban Environmental Justice Initiative

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With a background in soil science and geology, Melanie Malone positions her work in the space of Critical Physical Geography, a theoretical framework that connects biophysical sciences to social sciences and spatial analysis. In her teaching and research, Malone’s technical experience in the environmental remediation of industrial and Superfund sites merges with a consideration of social justice and equity. She emphasizes that issues like racism and sexism are environmental problems, yet ...

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