2014 Board Members

Ariana Bengtsson will graduate in Spring 2014 with a B.A. in Law, Economics and Public Policy and a minor in Human Rights. During her fi nal year at the University of Washington Bothell, she has enjoyed working at the Writing and Communication Center. She has a passion for policy, and is excited to begin her Master of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University in Fall 2014. From taking diverse coursework within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, she discovered that her main interests include health and education policy. A Seattle native, Ariana enjoys exploring, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors of Western Washington.

Bartel H. Broussard will graduate in Spring 2015 with a B.S. in Biology. Since he began working at the Writing and Communication Center in Autumn 2013, Bartel has enjoyed the many opportunities he has had to work with writers from all disciplines. It was through the Writing and Communication Center that he was fi rst exposed to the Policy Journal. Combining his interest in the editorial process with his love for health care, the Policy Journal has provided Bartel with an invaluable experience. Post-graduation, Bartel plans to enter into a graduate program that will allow him to pursue a career in health care. Nils Frankauer immigrated to the United States from Germany in 2010. He graduated in Winter 2014 with a B.A. in Global Studies, and Law, Economics and Public Policy. Nils’ academic interests span various disciplines, ranging from global and European studies to political science and socio-cultural anthropology. As an immigrant, Nils is particularly interested in transnational mobility and ethnic formation, transformation of place, and immigration policy. He plans to continue pursuing independent research on these topics before attending graduate school.

William Geir Jonsson graduated from the University of Washington Bothell’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science in winter 2014. He has worked in the Writing and Communication Center since fall 2013. William’s focus in writing has consistently laid in research papers and scientific reports, which he has pursued in a year-long independent research project. His independent research project was presented at the 17th annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, at UW Seattle, and he was a presenter at the WAURISA GIS conference in Tacoma, participating in the 8th annual Richard ‘Dick’ Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition & Award. In the year following graduation, William intends to pursue internships and work where his passion for the sciences and the environment can fl ourish before applying to graduate programs in the Pacific Northwest focusing in hydrology or surface water management.

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Jessica MonteiroManfredi moved to the United States in 2010 to pursue her dream of attaining higher education. Inspired to fight the social injustices she witnessed in her home country and abroad, she is pursuing a double major in Global Studies, and Law, Economics, and Public Policy, alongside a Spanish minor. She is especially interested in issues of human rights, specifi cally in understanding the complexities behind the gendered immigration of skilled workers from the Global South to the Global North, and the impacts on the cultural productions in both sending and receiving countries. Jessica is excited to be part a summer research program at Brown University this summer. After graduating in Autumn of 2014, she hopes to continue her research in graduate school.

Melissa Robinson will graduate in Autumn 2014 with a major in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior and a minor in Education and Society. She has worked at the UWBWriting and Communication Center since Autumn 2013, and enjoys working closely withindividual students to help them develop their ability to communicate. Her work on thePolicy Journal has given her an awareness of the importance of being actively engagedin policy discussion, and she has enjoyed getting to hear the diverse perspectives of allJournal submissions, as well as seeing each stage of the authors’ and the Journal’s progress.Melissa is currently evaluating all of her options for post-graduation life, but hopesto pursue internships and work where she can develop and apply her passion for understandingthe stories of others and helping others to communicate. She is also interested inraising awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease, an issue close to her heart, and hopes to use hernewfound appreciation for policy issues in this effort.

Travis A Sharp is a poet, cross-genre writer, book artist, and MFA student in Creative Writing and Poetics at UW Bothell. He has a BA in English with a minor in Drama from Athens State University. His primary research focus is on the intersection between cultural and literary theory, gender/queer studies, postcolonialism, and Marxism. His creative writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Pacifi ca Literary Review, Crack the Spine, Enhance, MadHatLit, Circle, and Clamor, among others. He is the founding editor of athena’s web and is co-founder/co-editor of Small Po[r]tions, a journal of experimental and intermedia writing, and letter [r] press, which publishes Small Po[r]tions and limited-run chapbooks. With other UWB MFA students, he co-curated the interactive and collaborative e-book project Blood of an Author Box. Travis has worked as a writing tutor for the past three years; he currently works as a Peer Writing Consultant at the UWB Writing and Communication Center.

Ronnie Thibault received her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences from the University of Washington Bothell in 2012, and is on track to complete her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell in June 2014. Ronnie is interested in the cultural politics of representation with a particular focus on global development and humanitarianism. Her article Can Autistics Redefi ne Autism: The Cultural Production of Autistic Activism critically explores the lived experience of autistic activists through their efforts to re-humanize public assumptions about autism. Ronnie’s capstone project “Mapping the Cultural Politics of Development, Representation and Difference is an interdisciplinary project that blends radical digital cartography as a research methodology with critical cultural theory to highlight the intersections representations of children in the global South and depictions of developmental disabilities in the United States. In addition to her vigorous appetite for research, Ronnie is a proud mother, wife and teacher.


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