Rachel Arteaga is Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. In this role, she works on the development, implementation, and assessment of academic projects, initiatives, and programs and is a main point of contact for institutional partners in the region. A central aspect of her work involves securing and stewarding grant funding to support emerging research in the humanities. She also serves as Associate Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a program supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her publications on higher education have appeared in Profession and Inside Higher Ed, and materials she has developed related to humanities curriculum and advocacy are accessible on Humanities Commons.
Arteaga speaks and writes regularly on doctoral education, public scholarship, and the value of the humanities. Her commitments to these topics are motivated by the conviction that the humanities—in short, the study of literature, language, culture, and history—are the rightful inheritance of every person in every time and place; that they offer us, through nuance, complexity, and the representation of our differences, a deep and rigorous understanding of ourselves and others; and that preserving and furthering these fields, through teaching, research, and community engagement, is essential to American democracy and public life.
She has served on the steering committee of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) and planning and review committees for the National Humanities Alliance and Humanities Washington. She has supported and participated in a wide range of cross-institutional partnerships across Washington State, working with teachers and instructors in the K-12 system, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities to strengthen educational infrastructure and access to opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest. She received her PhD in English from the University of Washington in 2016.