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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.

Funding Information:

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
Humanities) 2009-2013.

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.

Reporting Structure:

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;
Information School

Center Details

Director: Woodward, Kathleen
Location: 206 Communications
Year Started: 1987
Administrator / Program Manager: Bartha, Miriam
Administering College/School: College of Arts & Sciences 
P.I. Home Department: Department of English 
Faculty Involvement: 150