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About Us

Bryan Hall clock tower sunset.

About Us

The Center for Arts and Humanities springs from earlier efforts to establish a center that supported humanistic research. Expanding this idea to include both the arts and humanities, a group of faculty from architecture, English, fine arts, history, music, philosophy, and the School of Languages, Cultures and Race designed a proposal to create a center that supported not only traditional forms of scholarly and creative work but also the sort of publicly-engaged work that characterizes a land-grant university. This vision subsequently garnered support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Research, the Graduate School, the WSU Libraries, and the Office of the President, all of which believe that the arts and humanities are vital to the health and vitality not only of our institution but also our society. The center was formally approved by the WSU Board of Regents in May 2019.

Center activities are coordinated by a director who is jointly appointed by the dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences and the vice president of research. The director is supported by an advisory board, as well as other faculty who participate in the planning and selection for the center’s scholarships, fellowships, and public programming. Faculty interested in participating more directly in the operations of the Center are encouraged to contact us via email.

Center for Arts and Humanities Leadership

Director Trevor J. Bond, associate dean for digital initiatives and special collections, Washington State University Libraries

Associate Director Keri McCarthy, graduate coordinator, professor of music, oboe and music history, School of Music

Center for Arts and Humanities Advisory Board

  • Donna Campbell, professor, Department of English
  • Geeta Dutta, assistant vice president, Office of Research Advancement & Partnerships
  • Lawrence B.A. Hatter, graduate studies director and associate professor, Department of History
  • Erin Hvizdak, humanities librarian, WSU Libraries
  • Becky James, proposal manager, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jolie Kaytes, associate professor and program head, Landscape Architecture
  • Dean Luethi, director and associate professor, School of Music
  • Vilma Navarro-Daniels, assistant director of undergraduate studies and distinguished professor, School of Languages, Cultures, and Race
  • Sue Peabody, distinguished professor, Department of History
  • Ayad Rahmani, associate professor, School of Design and Construction
  • A.G. Rud, distinguished professor, College of Education
  • Reza Safavi, digital media coordinator and associate professor, Department of Fine Arts
  • Nishant Shahani, associate professor, Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Matt Stichter, associate professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Center for Arts and Humanities Graduate Assistant

Toria Messinger, doctoral candidate, cultural studies and social thought, College of Education