Graduate Programs Staff

Miriam Bartha

Miriam BarthaAs Director of Graduate Programs, Miriam provides strategic leadership; oversees operational plans; 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-founded  (with Bruce Burgett) the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship and is Affiliate Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Contact Miriam.

Cooper T. Sealy

CoopAs Graduate Programs Manager, Coop acts as lead adviser and oversees academic services for current and prospective graduate students in the Cultural Studies, Policy Studies, and Creative Writing & Poetics programs, with day-to-day responsibility for managing the annual cycles of recruitment and outreach, admissions and enrollment, and advising and program completion.

Coop has been the lead undergraduate advisor and more recently, a full-time lecturer for the Department of Comparative Literature Cinema and Media Studies (CLCM).  Her research interests include formations of subjectivities, racialization, gender and sexuality in the context of ever shifting meanings of citizenship. Currently she is focused on the uses of image making and documentary as tools of both revolution and healing from trans-generational trauma. Coop received her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (Cultural Theory) from New York University, her M.A. in Canadian Studies and Women Studies from Carleton University, and her B.A. in English and Women Studies from University of Ottawa. Email Coop

Mateó B. Ochoa

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

Mateó Ochoa is currently in their second year of the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program. Before moving to Seattle for graduate school, they worked with multiple grassroots collectives in the Bay Area and spearheaded programming events at Oakland’s sole LGBTQ youth center, the QTY Treehouse. Mateó is an alum of the University of Utah where they earned  two Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Writing & Rhetoric. Their academic and personal interests have since segued into a creative sphere where they explore performance as a method to process trauma and catalyze collective healing practices. Email Mateó

Affiliate Staff

Laura Dimmit, Research Librarian

Laura Dimmit

Laura assists students in conducting research and navigating the resources available to them through the UW Libraries. She works with students and faculty both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis.

Laura joined the Campus Library staff in 2016. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Missouri State University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master’s of Science in Library Science (MSLS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Laura at or (425) 352-3505.