Alumni Stories

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IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories. Many are open to discussing their experiences. To connect with an alum, email iasalum@uw.edu.


David Ryder covers coronavirus and produces documentary film

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IAS alum David Ryder (’11) has been an independent Seattle photographer and filmmaker for more than 15 years. His portfolio includes extensive experience with wildfires, disaster zones, and hurricane coverage. Ryder’s most recent work concerns travel restrictions to China due to coronavirus. Later this week he will photograph a U.S. government quarantine facility near North Bend ...

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Cultural Studies alumni share their career pathways

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The M.A. in Cultural Studies (MACS) program prepares students for careers in social, cultural, and arts fields or further interdisciplinary graduate education across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Graduates work across diverse roles and sectors, and each winter a panel of alumni are invited to connect with students to share their post-graduate experiences and career navigations. This year students heard from Joshua Heim (’10), Meshell Sturgis (’17), and Mollie Wolf (’15).  Each alum ...

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My Story: Ending mass incarceration

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While a student, Daisy Wong participated in IAS faculty member Gary Carpenter’s “Arts of Social Transformation,” a mixed enrollment course at Monroe Correctional Complex, alongside incarcerated individuals. Says Wong, “As a Community Psychology major, this course was a culmination of everything that I had learned about systemic oppression, racism and how these mechanisms disproportionately affect black and brown communities.” The recent graduate is now pursuing a Master of Social Work at UW in Seattle.

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Natalie Singer reflects on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

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An essay by MFA alum Natalie Singer (’16) was published in Crosscut on the 75 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In her article, “75 years after Auschwitz, a Seattle Jew wonders: Are we traveling backward?,” Singer reflects on the rise of anti-Semitism in America and her experiences as a Jewish woman in Canada and the U.S. Writes Singer ...

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Maizy Brown: The Power of Belonging

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As a first-generation student and single mother experiencing homelessness, Maizy Brown (Environmental Studies ’11) faced many obstacles. However, “the professors at UW Bothell made me feel like I deserved to be there.” Brown now works as a case manager at Edmonds Community College. 

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