Alumni Stories

IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories.

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Recent Stories

Meshell Sturgis discusses her academic career and comics scholarship

Meshell Sturgis

Cultural Studies alum (’17) and Ph.D. student Meshell Sturgis was recently profiled by UW Department of Communication.  The article discusses Sturgis’ academic career trajectory and fascination with comics...

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Amy Lambert and Alexa Russo win Husky Green Awards

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IAS faculty member Amy Lambert and Environmental Studies (‘17) alum Alexa Russo won 2018 Husky Green Awards.  The Husky Green Awards are...

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Alexa Russo coordinates Earth Week at UW Bothell

Alexa Russo

Recent alum Alexa Russo (’17, Environmental Studies) was planning to be an elementary school teacher when she began her studies.  While at Cascadia College, she fell in love with the North Creek Wetlands and started thinking about career options in the environmental field. After transferring to UW Bothell...

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Priya Frank promotes SAM exhibit “Figuring History” on New Day Northwest

Alum Priya Frank (’11, Cultural Studies) discussed Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) exhibit “Figuring History” on KING5 TV’s New Day Northwest.  Figuring History features the works of Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas, three contemporary American artists from different generations, who challenge the Western tradition of History Painting and its underrepresentation of people of color.

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Evan Westenberger finds career success in digital media

Evan Westenberger (’09) was born and raised in Seattle and once made his living as a teenage magician, delivered balloons, and scooped ice cream.  Westenberger has come a long way over the past decade, and his creative, entrepreneurial drive has only shifted in form.  Currently, he runs the global social and digital engagement program for Microsoft Enterprise Services, a group that makes up about one fifth of Microsoft. ...

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