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The Honors Program is currently accepting course proposals for the 2019-20 academic year. If you are interested in teaching for the Honors Program, please take a look at our Call for Proposals page as well as our General Teaching Overview to preview how Honors classes are structured and what is expected in an Honors course.

The Honors Program draws upon a range of talented instructors from across UW to help structure and breathe life into our curriculum. Our instructors represent a broad range of disciplines from Atmospheric Sciences to Asian Languages and Literatures and everything in between. Take a look at our Honors Courses page to see who’s teaching for us!

Honors Council

The Honors Council supports our mission of expansive innovative critical thinking and global consciousness through interdisciplinary education.
Honors Council

In 2007, Northwest Businessman Jerry Hanauer established an endowment in the College of Arts and Sciences in honor of his son, Joff Hanauer. Among other things, the endowment provides for a Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization, the first professorship in Honors. The Hanauer Professor, a distinguished faculty member whose research and teaching addresses issues pertinent to our civilization, teaches one class annually and participates in the life of the Honors Program, including serving on the Honors Faculty Council and meeting regularly with students. The inclusion of Honors in this generous gift to the UW recognizes the program’s importance to the university.

MaríaElena García

María Elena García – CHID; Anthropology
María Elena García is associate professor in the Comparative History of Ideas program and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Brown University and has been a Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University and Tufts University. Her first book, Making Indigenous Citizens: Identities, Development, and Multicultural Activism in Peru (Stanford, 2005) explores Indigenous and intercultural politics in the Andes. Her second book, Culinary Spectacles: Gastro-Politics, and Other Tales of Race and Species in Peru (under contract with the University of California Press), examines the intersections of race, species, and capital in contemporary Peru.

Bill Talbott

Bill Talbott – Philosophy

Bill Talbott is a professor of philosophy. He has been teaching at the University of Washington since 1989. His teaching and research focus on moral and political philosophy, especially the philosophy of human rights, and epistemology.

In 2011, he won the UW Distinguished Teaching Award. He has been a member of the Steering Committee for the UW Center for Human Rights since the Center’s founding in 2009 and he is a co-founder and co-principal investigator of the tri-campus research cluster on Human Interactions and Normative Innovation (HI-NORM), which is part of an international network of scholars doing research related to human rights. This year he is looking forward to teaching a new Honors course, “Human Rights from the Bottom Up.”

Robin Chapman Stacey

Robin Stacey – Department of History

Robin Chapman Stacey is a specialist in medieval history and law, particularly of early Ireland and Wales. She has been at the University of Washington since 1988, and is the author of a variety of books and articles on topics pertaining to Celtic studies. Her research has been supported by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, and she is a past winner of the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Classes she teaches regularly include, in addition to medieval history survey courses, “Myths and Mysteries of the Middle Ages;” “Celtic Civilizations;” “Medieval Women,” and “Reading Tolkien,” a class that she developed originally for Honors and is delighted to be bringing back into the program this year.


José Antonio Lucero – Jackson School of International Studies

José Antonio Lucero

José Antonio (Tony) Lucero is Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the principal organizer of the 2012-13 John E. Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Culture at the University of Washington, funded by the Mellon Foundation. A graduate of Stanford (BA, Political Science) and Princeton (MA/PhD, Politics) Lucero has also studied at the Universitá di Firenze and the Colegio de México. He teaches courses on international political economy, cultural interactions, social movements, Latin American politics, and borderlands.

Located at the intersections of political and cultural analysis, his research examines the encounters between Western and Indigenous political projects in the Americas and has been supported by external grants from funders including the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Lucero is the author of Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes, a work that puts canonical Western theories of political order (including those of Hobbes, Burke, Gramsci, and Foucault) in dialogue with the praxis of indigenous social movements.

He is currently working on research projects on the cultural politics of (1) conflicts between Awajún/Wampis Indigenous communities and the filmmaker Werner Herzog in Peru (2) human rights activism, religion, and Indigenous politics on the Mexico-US border. He is co-editor of theOxford Handbook of Indigenous Peoples Politics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and co-author of several works with fellow UW Professor María Elena García (CHID), the most recent of which is their son José Antonio Simón Lucero-García (future UW Class of 2033).


Ken Clatterbaugh – Philosophy

Professor Ken Clatterbaugh has served as Chairman of the Department of Philosophy since 1996. His current scholarly interests include: the development of philosophical ideas about causation, especially at the beginning of modern science; how social movements come into being and why they fade away; and the interaction between religion and civil society.

His books include: The Causation Debate in Modern Philosophy 1637-1739; and, Contemporary Perspectives on Masculinity, Men, Women, and Politics in Modern Society. He is currently at work on a satirical book about religion. Conversations with undergraduate students are the favorite parts of his day. He will be serving as the Joff Hanauer Professor in Western Civilization for 2010-2012.


Leroy Searle – English; Comparative Literature

The first holder of the Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization is Leroy Searle, a professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature. Professor Searle’s areas of specialization include American Literature, Computer Aided Instruction, and Literary Criticism and Theory. Like Heracles at the crossroad in Greek mythology, Leroy had to make a choice after college: the study of genome science or English literature. Although he chose the latter, his breadth of interests, including science, computer programming, the arranging and performance of music, not to mention motorcycle maintenance, makes him a great model for thinking across and beyond academic disciplines. He offered his inaugural course in Honors, “Traditions of Justice,” in spring of 2009 and focused on the central place accorded to the idea of justice in the intellectual and cultural traditions of the West, with attention paid to justice as an ethical and religious concept, as the foundation for the rule of law, and as reflected in literature and art.

The Honors Program presents an annual “Honors Excellence in Teaching Award”, selected by our students, in recognition of the knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication these special instructors and mentors bring to the classroom.

  • 2017-18

    Joel Walker

  • 2016-17

    Jon Herron

  • 2015-16

    Clare Bright
    Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

  • 2014-15

    Theo Myhre
    School of Law

  • 2013-14

    Jon Herron

  • 2012-13

    Frances McCue

  • 2011-12

    Andrew Loveless

  • 2010-11

    Zev Handel
    Asian Languages & Literature

  • 2009-10

    Lisa Schultz
    Art History

  • 2008-09

    Eugene Edgar

  • 2007-08

    Stewart Tolnay

  • 2006-07

    James Allen Morrow

  • 2005-06

    Mary Pat Wenderoth

  • 2004-05

    Bob Dumas

  • 2003-04

    Steven Herbert
    Law, Societies, and Justice

  • 2002-03

    Jon Herron

  • 2001-02

    Clarke Speed