Alumni Stories

IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories.

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Recent Stories

Ben Wiselogle serves U.S. Department of State in Zimbabwe

Ben Wiselogle

IAS alum and U.S. Navy veteran Ben Wiselogle (’12) is serving the Political Section of the U.S. Department of State in Harare, Zimbabwe. Previously, Wiselogle was stationed in Washington D.C. as a Foreign Services Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. From Harare, he writes, “Serving in the Political Section entails engaging with civil society actors and ...

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Kyra Laughlin: Add 'Consent' to your Teen’s College Checklist

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IAS alum (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) and incoming Master of Arts in Policy Studies student, Kyra Laughlin, was chosen as the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's communications intern for Fall 2018. As part of her new role, Laughlin will be working with the NSVRC team to create materials for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019, assist in managing their social media pages and write blogs for their website. Her first blog post, "Add 'Consent' to your Teen’s College Checklist," ...

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Ahmadi, Johnson and Lee share career paths with students

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Alums Mojan Ahmadi, Gretchen Johnson and Daniel Lee recently met with IAS seniors share how they’ve utilized their degrees, navigated job searches, and found success.  IAS is grateful for their service of our alumni mentors, who provide an important perspective on the value of interdisciplinary education in the workforce.

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Frances Lee publishes free syllabus on critical activist culture

Frances Lee

Master of Arts in Cultural Studies alum Frances Lee ('18) published "Woker Than Thou: an experimental syllabus" for a ten-week course on critical activist culture. Frances makes it a free and accessible resource for educators, activists, and organizers to use and adapt to their community needs. The course facilitates open, theory-based discussion of modern aspects of leftist activist culture, including identity, call-outs, cultural appropriation, "wokeness", and ...

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Sean La Marr becomes UW Bothell Vet Corps Navigator

Sean La Marr

Recent graduate Sean La Marr (’18) will serve as the 2018-2019 WA Department of Veterans Affairs/AmeriCorps Vet Corps Navigator to UW Bothell.  The Vet Corps helps veterans and their families navigate Washington’s higher education and training programs as veterans adjust from military to college life. In 2010, La Marr enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and in 2011, reported to ..

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