Exceptional Students: Jane Wong and Elizabeth Brown

Jane Wong

Jane WongDoctoral candidate Jane Wong is one of the English Department’s most dynamic and busiest graduate students.  Faculty know her as a superlative teacher in the Interdisciplinary Writing Program.  She’s impressed a great range of our faculty across department interests with her talent in other modes of teaching, her scholarship, and her award winning poetry.

Jane has a new book, a poetry prize, and a faculty appointment at Pacific Lutheran University.  And this is just a start.  For a young artist and scholar, Jane Wong is abundantly productive, as documented on her website.  The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, where Jane was a Summer Fellow this past season, trumpets her successes and offers hearty congratulations, as do we.  Read more


Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth BrownThe English Department’s Elizabeth Brown (Ph.D. 2016) delivers a 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award to Padelford Hall.  Conferred for recognition of outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral and master’s levels, the Distinguished Dissertation Award is a rare honor for graduate students and departments; the University of Washington Graduate School annually allocates just four of these awards across the entire university, and only one to all disciplines in the Humanities.

Supervised by English department Professors Alys Weinbaum (chair), Gillian Harkins, and Chandan Reddy, Brown’s dissertation, “Pedagogies of US. Imperialism: Racial Education from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era,”reads literature in conjunction with policies and practices developed at industrial training institutes, settlement houses, and imperial schools to challenge the assumptions of liberal education in the U.S.  Congratulations Elizabeth!


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