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Below are the faculty of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs.

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Dr. Katie Baird

Katie Baird, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics  

Areas of expertise:  Education policy, comparative social policy, economics of public policy

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: kebaird@uw.edu
Personal Website: http://kebaird.com/


Dr. Jane Compson

Jane Compson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Areas of expertise:  Applied ethics, Buddhist thought, contemplative practices and pedagogy

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: jcompson@uw.edu   


Dr. Rob Crawford

Rob Crawford, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Cultural Studies

Areas of expertise:  Health, human rights

Contact: crawford@uw.edu    


Dr. Michael Forman

Michael Forman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Theory  

Areas of expertise:  Political theory, human rights

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: forman@uw.edu   


Dr. Bidisha Mallik

Durga P. Gautam, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Economics

Areas of expertise: International factor movements and trade, institutions, economic development

Contact: dgautam@uw.edu    


Dr. Sarah Hampson

Sarah Hampson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Law   

Areas of expertise:  Public law; work and family policy; race, gender, and ethnicity in politics

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: hampsons@uw.edu   


Dr. Mary Hanneman

Mary Hanneman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of East Asian History

Areas of expertise:  Japanese history, East Asian history, comparative nationalism, national identity

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: hanneman@uw.edu   


Dr. Turan Kayaoglu

Turan Kayaoglu, Ph.D.

Professor of International Relations  

Areas of expertise:  International relations theory, human rights, American Islam and politics, interfaith relations and dialogue

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: turan@uw.edu   


Dr. Bidisha Mallik

Bidisha Mallik, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Philosophy

Contact: bmallik@uw.edu    


Dr. Will McGuire

Will McGuire, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics  

Areas of expertise:  International trade, development economics, Chinese economy

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: wmcguire@uw.edu   
Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/site/williamhmcguire/


Dr. Benjamin Meiches

Benjamin Meiches, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Global Politics  

Areas of expertise:  Global politics, armed conflict, genocide, international law

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: bmeiches@uw.edu   


Dr. David Morris

David Morris, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of American Literature

Contact: dcmorris@uw.edu  


Dr. Amos Nascimento

Amos Nascimento, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Areas of expertise: Discourse theory and discourse ethics, human rights and cosmopolitanism, applied ethics, environmental philosophy

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: anascim@uw.edu   
Personal Website: https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/anascim/17173/98127


Emily Thuma

Emily Thuma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Politics and Law

Areas of expertise: Socio-legal history; feminist and queer politics; prisons and policing; social movements; intersections of race, gender, and violence

Contact: thumae@uw.edu    


Dr. Etga Ugur

Etga Ugur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Comparative Politics

Areas of expertise: Religion and politics in the Middle East, Islamic movements, religion and civil society, comparative politics

Curriculum Vitae

Contact: ugur@uw.edu


Dr. Charles Williams

Charles Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Politics

Areas of expertise:  U.S. labor history and politics, alternative economic development

Contact: charles1@uw.edu  


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