Faculty

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences features leading faculty from a variety of academic departments at the University of Washington. Our faculty members are experienced teachers and scholars at the forefront of their fields, dedicated to student growth and learning.

The ISS program also offers helpful support from a team of academic advisers, specialists who help you plan your schedule, choose the courses that best meet your needs and make sure you’re ready to succeed academically.

Deborah Porter

Deborah PorterDeborah Porter is an associate professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and co-director of the online Integrated Social Sciences program. She previously taught at the University of Utah for 12 years. She specializes in Chinese literature and culture, and has published widely on 16th-century vernacular fiction as well as the interconnections between early myth, history and fiction in China. Porter has taught the course on psychoanalysis and international studies in the ISS program since 2014 and has also taught the portfolio capstone course ISS 401. She holds a Ph.D. in East Asian studies from Princeton University.

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Mel Wensel

Mel WenselMel Wensel is the program co-director and director of academic services for the online Integrated Social Sciences degree. She has worked in academic advising for more than 25 years, serving the majority of that time as director of academic services for the UW Department of English. A former Fulbright fellow, Wensel came to the UW in 1985 as a Ph.D. student in English before transitioning to a career as an adviser a few years later. She joined the ISS program in 2013. Wensel has received a number of awards for her advising work, including UW Adviser of the Year.

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ISS Faculty

Michael Blake, Professor, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Kam Wing Chan, Professor, Geography

Rachel Chapman, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Global Health

Rachel Cichowski, Associate Professor, Political Science and Law, Societies & Justice

Karam Dana, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

Madeleine Yue Dong, Professor, History and Jackson School of International Studies

Greg Ellis, Principal Lecturer, Economics

Lynn Hankinson Nelson, Professor Emerita, Philosophy

Alexes Harris, Professor, Sociology

Ralina Joseph, Associate Professor, Communication

Sunila Kale, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Karen Litfin, Associate Professor, Political Science

Celia Lowe, Professor, Anthropology and Jackson School of International Studies

José Antonio Lucero, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Frances McCue, Senior Lecturer English, Honors and Integrated Social Sciences

Matt McGarrity, Senior Lecturer, Communication

Polly Myers, Lecturer, Integrated Social Sciences and History

LeiLani Nishime, Associate Professor, Communication

Christian Novetzke, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Dennis O'Dea, Lecturer, Economics

Robert Pekkanen, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

James Pfeiffer, Professor, Global Health

Deborah Porter, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Scott Radnitz, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Vicente Rafael, Professor, History

Nancy Rivenburgh, Professor, Communication

Haideh Salehi-Esfahani, Principal Lecturer, Economics

Meg Spratt, Lecturer, Integrated Social Sciences and Communications

Jack Turner, Associate Professor, Political Science

Sara Vaninni, Integrated Social Sciences and Communications

James Wellman, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies