Tasha Buttler has been teaching at UW Bothell and UW Seattle for ten years. Most of her current courses draw on material from political economics as well as how the human psyche is explored and represented in literature from around the world. She has a M.S. and a Ph.D. and has worked for the public defender’s office, in environmental sciences, and as a liaison between private industry, government, universities, and the public. She is interested in models of how people learn so as to engage students as they develop critical reflexive thinking and passions for their pursuits. Her research investigates the role of exile and translation as forces of psychic and social change. She enjoys the translation of literature from Portuguese and Spanish and most recently has been involved in taking students on study abroad.