The IAS Graduate Office provides advising to all currently enrolled students in the Cultural Studies and Policy Studies programs.

  • Select and register for classes
  • Understand the policies of the program, UW Bothell, and the Graduate School
  • Access campus resources
  • Explore career and professional development options (Cultural Studies, Policy Studies)

Our office is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday, and we are located in UW2-134.

Graduate Office Staff

Miriam Bartha

As Director of Graduate Programs, Miriam provides strategic leadership for the IAS Graduate Office; oversees office operations; 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-directs  (with Bruce Burgett) the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship and is Affiliate Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Contact Miriam.

Kate Osmond

215892-10150233179204532-650124531-8480131-5881905-n-(1).jpgAs Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Kate advises current students on policies and procedures, and provides guidance in academic planning and progress. She also manages the admissions process and supports curricular development for the IAS graduate programs.

Kate comes to UW Bothell with a background in enrollment management, student advising, study abroad leadership and administration, and teaching. Kate holds a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology from Connecticut College. Contact Kate

Meshell Sturgis


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

Meshell is a first year graduate student in the Cultural Studies program. Her student bio can be found here. Contact Meshell

Helen Thomas


As Graduate Staff Assistant, Helen serves as a point of contact for prospective IAS graduate students. She is happy to assist prospective and current students in any aspect of grad life, be it in the early stages of gathering information in order to apply to any of the graduate programs within the School of IAS or figuring out the final stages of a program’s graduation requirements. Aside from her interpersonal role, Helen works as a recruiter and general administrative supporter for the IAS Graduate Office.

Helen is in her final year in the Cultural Studies program and holds an undergraduate degree in English. Contact Helen

Kate Magner

Kate Magner  
As Policy Studies Librarian, Kate assists students in conducting research and literature reviews for course assignments and capstone projects. She works with students both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis.
Kate has been at UW Bothell since 2015. She has a BA in History from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from The Catholic University of America (DC).