UW Honors Announcements

October 22, 2020


OCTOBER 22, 2020 | 4:00 PM | ZOOM WEBINAR


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Arbella Bet-Shlimon, Associate Professor of History

Dr. Bet-Shlimon is a historian of the modern Middle East. In her research and teaching she focuses on the politics, society and economy of twentieth-century Iraq and the broader Persian Gulf region, as well as Middle Eastern urban history. Dr. Bet-Shlimon’s first book, City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity, and the Making of Modern Kirkuk (Stanford University Press, 2019), explores how oil and urbanization made ethnicity into a political practice in Kirkuk, a multilingual city that was the original hub of Iraq’s oil industry. Dr. Bet-Shlimon’s teaching has been recognized with several awards, including the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award.


La TaSha Levy, Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies

Dr. Levy is a Black Studies scholar specializing in post-WWII African American politics, Black intellectual history, and Black Women’s Studies. Dr. Levy is currently working on her first book manuscript, Race Matters in the GOP: Black Republicans and the Limits of Two-Party Politics, for which she was recently awarded two fellowships: the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship and a Society of Scholars by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities. Dr. Levy is the co-founder of a consulting organization on Black Studies curriculum development, Black Star Rising, and her popular seminar courses on #BlackLivesMatter offered through the Department of American Ethnic Studies have garnered local and national coverage.


Sophia Jordán Wallace, Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Wallace is an expert in Latinx politics, representation, social movements, and immigration politics and policy. Her co-authored book, Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Race and Immigration in the Trump Era, will be published by Cambridge University Press in the Fall of 2020.  She is a co-founder and co-organizer of SPIRE, Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, which is an annual conference of race, ethnicity, and politics scholars.  She is also the Director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR). She is currently working on a book titled United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress.



Laurie Marhoefer, Associate Professor & Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History

Dr. Marhoefer is a historian of the 20th Century Germany focusing on the fall of German democracy in 1933, the rise of Hitler, and the functioning of the Nazi dictatorship between 1933 and 1945. She teaches popular courses on the digital history of the First and Second World Wars, queer and trans history, the global history of AIDS, and Nazi Germany. Her book on the destruction of the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascism is titled Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (University of Toronto Press, 2015).


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