Nicole Robert


Pre-Doctoral Lecturer

B.A., Dance Ethnology; General Studies Department, University of Washington
M.A., Museology; University of Washington
Ph.D., Feminist Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department, University of Washington
Doctoral Certificate, Public Scholarship, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

Office: Husky Hall 1416
Box: 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


In my courses, we explore academic and activist engagements with the social norms that structure our worlds.  While that focus may vary to include museums, music, media, archives, family formation and more, in all cases we will consider the structures of power and privilege that operate in those spaces.  Together, we will investigate, reflect and contribute to the process of critical consciousness, working through the connections between theory and lived experiences.  My teaching is grounded in critical feminist work, utilizing an intersectional approach to meet multiple learning styles. Based on years of experience in both formal and informal learning environments, I draw from research-based pedagogies and utilize multiple mediums, including film, text, archive and theater.

I conceive of our classrooms as collaborative community spaces and am committed to supporting a safe learning culture, acknowledging that, at times, learning may be uncomfortable.  All of my courses will engage students in a process of personal critical reflection, building connections between the subject-matter and our lives.  I consider each student as a whole person, not just a student, and believe that student experiences and knowledge enrich the classroom space for all.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 221 Gender and Sexuality
BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies
BIS 341 Topics in the Study of Culture


Drawing from queer theory, women of color feminist theory and museology, my research opens new conversations about representations of race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history museums.  Critical feminist museology employs digital tools, critical reflection and community engagement models to imagine and employ new practices that respond to existing structural inequalities.  A multi-year collaboration between Queering the Museum project and the Museum of History and Industry drew on community leadership to produce a history symposium, digital storytelling project and an exhibit.  Analysis of the resulting media demonstrates that personal narrative in digital media creates space for complex, affective connections that both preserve histories and disrupt normative notions of history. These evocative objects have a rich potential for reshaping archival and representational practices.  As an educator in both formal and informal spaces, I am also deeply engaged with pedagogical strategies that attend to the personal nature of social identities while facilitating thoughtful engagement with social structures and norms.

Selected Publications

“Getting Intersectional in Museums” Museums and Social Issues Volume 9, Issue 1 (April 2014) pp. 24-33