Office of Research
Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities
The expansive purpose of the Simpson Center is four-fold: to encourage and support cross-disciplinary research and inquiry among University of Washington faculty and graduate students; to support initiatives in the humanities at the leading edge of change; to pioneer innovative and cross-disciplinary courses at the graduate level; and to establish programs in the humanities that promote civic engagement and public scholarship.
Core Services Offered
Grant-making and administration; individual and collaborative cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral project development and support, including research support through course release; conference, colloquia, and public event sponsorship and support, including visiting speakers; graduate coursework and certificate administration.
Grants and Gifts
Simpson Center Endowment (gift from Barclay and Sharon
Critical Asian Studies: Postdoctoral Fellowships (Rockefeller Foundation)
1995-2001 and 2002-2006.
Bolles-Endo Endowment 2003-.
Postdoctoral Fellowships (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)
Undergraduate Team-Taught Courses in the Humanities (Fredrick Danz Foundation)
Simpson Professorship in the Public Humanities (gift from Barclay and Sharon Simpson)
Difficult Dialogues: Undergraduate Team-Teaching Focusing on Southeast Asian
American Pluralism (Ford Foundation) 2006-2008.
Joseph and Yetta Blau Endowment to support graduate
students (gifts from individuals) 2009-.
Postdoctoral Fellow (American Council of Learned Societies/Consortium of Humanities
Centers & Institutes) 2009-2010.
Sawyer Seminar on Now Urbanism (Mellon Foundation) 2010-2011.
Katz Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers in the Humanities (College of Arts
& Sciences) 1998-.
American Music Partnership of Seattle (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation)
Challenge Grant for the Digital Humanities Commons (National Endowment for the
Digital Humanities Commons Endowed Fund (Mellon Foundation and gifts from
individuals, including Donald Petersen and Homer Bliss) 20091-13.Japan
Humanities Project (Japan Foundation) 2011-13.
Biological Futures in a Globalized World (Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center) 2011-2013.
Shapiro, Divisional Dean of Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences
Related UW Entities:
College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Department of American
Ethnic Studies, Division of Art History, Department of Asian Languages &
Literature, Department of Classics, Department of Communication, Comparative
History of Ideas, Department of Comparative Literature, Dance History, Digital
Arts & Experimental Media, Department of Drama, , Division of French &
Italian Studies, Department of Geography, Department of Germanics, Department
of History, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, Department
of Linguistics, Ethnomusicology and Music History, Department of Philosophy,
Department of Political Science, Department of Scandinavian Studies, Department
of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of Sociology, Division of
Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Department of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies,
Jackson School of International Studies; College of Education; School of Social
Work; College of Built Environments; Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (UW
Bothell); Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (UW Tacoma); School of Law;