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MemberRachel Arteaga

…PhD: English, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2016)
Certificate in Public Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2015)
MA: English, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (May 2010)
BA: English with Distinction, Spanish Minor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2005)…

I currently serve as Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, where I am also Associate Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a four-year initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

MemberKoca Mehmet Kentel

…2018: Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Dissertation Title: “Assembling ‘Cosmopolitan’ Pera: An Infrastructural History of Late Ottoman Istanbul”

2011: M.St. in Modern British and European History, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Thesis: “The Board Games of Wallis Family: Empire, Nation, Instruction in Childhood Entertainment at the Turn of the Nineteenth-Century.”

2010: BA (High Honors) in Political Science and International Relations – History (Double Major), Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey….

I am an urban and environmental historian of late Ottoman Istanbul, and the Research Projects Manager at Istanbul Research Institute. I am also the Associate Editor of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies. I received my Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Washington in December 2018 with my doctoral dissertation, “Assembling ‘Cosmopolitan’ Pera: An Infrastructural History of Late Ottoman Istanbul. Between 2015-2017, I was the Head Librarian of Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul. My doctoral research and writing were supported through fellowships and scholarships by International Journal for Urban and Regional Research Foundation, University of Washington’s Simpson Center, Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, University of Washington Hall-Ammerer-Washington Research Foundation, University of Washington Graduate School, and University of Washington Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. I am very much interested in public scholarship and exhibition curation. I was an Associate Curator for The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat’s Caricatures exhibition, held at Koc University’s ANAMED from January to June, 2017. I authored the exhibition texts and I was the main curator behind http://www.yusuffranko.ku.edu.tr. The exhibition will travel to Beirut in 2020. My work as the Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) Head Librarian involved in managing the library’s collection development, organizing library events, coordinating the library’s future plans with Koç University Library and ANAMED managements, and supporting both institutions by the library’s resources and services, as well as through my personal skills. In my capacity as ANAMED Head Librarian, I also co-coordinated BiblioPera: Beyoğlu Research Centers Network from September 2015. Supported by Istanbul Development Agency, BiblioPera brings together 9 research centers located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. The project was awarded the 1st Prize at Koç University’s Most Successful Employees Awards 2016.

MemberLaura Maria De Vos

I am an international student from Belgium working on my dissertation in the interdisciplinary fields of Indigenous Studies and American Studies at the University of Washington English department in Seattle. I received my MA in English Literature and Linguistics and my MBA in Cultural Management from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. My research argues that Indigenous ways of knowing offer under-considered analytical tools for reading across the entire terrain of U.S. literature, especially in the second half of the 20th century. I have volunteered with the Quinault Indian Nation Elder program in different capacities since 2014, and am now working specifically on an intergenerational digital oral history project with the Quinault elder program and the Taholah high school. I teach undergraduate courses at the University of Washington in Native American literatures and research methods.

MemberJoe Lollo

…University Of Washington…
…University of Washington, Seattle (expected 2022)

Double B.A.’s in English Language & Literature and Communication, minor in Experimental Media…

I’m an incoming second-year student at the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in English. I’m interested in philosophy, linguistics, creative writing, and media studies, in addition to the place that studying liberal arts and humanities has in the modern digital age. I’m hoping to enroll in graduate school and become a teacher, and I’m making every minute of my education count for the future so I can be a genuine example to guide future generations.

MemberCanan Bolel

…2014 – present: Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

2013 – 2014: MSc in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

2011 – 2013: MA in Political Science, Sabanci University

2007 – 2011: BA in Economics, Sabanci University…

As a social and urban historian of the late Ottoman Empire, I focus on historical conditions which drove and sustained intracommunal exclusion in Ottoman urban settings, specifically within Jewish communities of Western Anatolia. My dissertation project addresses this question during the period 1847-1923 in the Jewish community of Izmir, an Ottoman imperial port city, by studying the relationship between marginality, exclusion, and Ottoman modernization. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington and residential doctoral fellow at Koc University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul.

MemberMarty Mullins


Ph.D. History, University of Washington, Seattle, 2013

Dissertation title: “Slovakia’s Second City in Times of Turbulence: Košice and its Hungarians, Eastern Rite Catholics and Steelworkers in 1948, 1968, and 1989”

Dissertation research conducted in Košice, Slovakia with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in conjunction with the Fulbright Program (formerly Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship)

M.A. History, University of Richmond, Virginia, 2005
B.S., University of Central Florida, Orlando, 1999, Magna Cum Laude

My passions include teaching and Slovakia–a strange combination that has afforded me experience teaching at the secondary level in Slovakia and has led me to complete my Ph.D. in East Central European History in order to publish and teach at the university level. Dr. Manor Mullins earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2013. A Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research for her dissertation in Kosice, Slovakia, the city where she lived and worked for 7 years. Her published work focuses on the history of Kosice and eastern Slovakia’s experience during the turning points of Czechoslovakia’s postwar history (1948, 1968 and 1989).