Dr. Anne Cubilié
Anne Cubilié joined the William O. Douglas Honors College as its new Director in August of 2013. Dr. Cubilié came to Central from the United Nations, where she worked in humanitarian and development policy at United Nations headquarters and in the field. Prior to joining the United Nations, she was an assistant professor at Georgetown University. She has lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has also lived off and on in Cairo, Egypt, most recently participating in a joint United Nations/American University of Cairo program as a visiting scholar conducting research into women’s relationships to state structures. Throughout her time at the United Nations, Dr. Cubilié maintained close ties to the academy and a consistent interest in bridging the gap between academic research and the political and policy considerations of international aid.
Her book, Women Witness Terror: Testimony and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights, reads testimony by women survivors of war and human rights abuse through critical frameworks of ethics, trauma and witnessing. While most people consider testimony to be that of an individual telling her story to narrativize the stories of all those who experienced the event, Dr. Cubilié considers the very instability of the narrative testimonial voice to be a generative source for a more engaged and less purely juridical consideration of human rights. In her work for the United Nations – ranging from the collection of survivor testimony in Afghanistan to policy guidance for emergency response to major reports and funding documents – she has maintained an insistence on remembering the individual within the broadest international discourses. She has co-edited a special issue of the journal Discourse on "The Future of Testimony," has given numerous lectures both in the US and internationally on testimony, ethics, human rights and trauma, and has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship.
Ms. Denison arrived in Ellensburg in the Fall of 1990 as a Central student. After an extended break in her education, she returned to Central and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in June, 2000. In February, 2006, after having worked many years as a legal assistant in the local legal community, she was hired by the William O. Douglas Honors College. Ms. Denison is the advisor for all first-year students and is pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education at Central Washington University. She has two daughters and her husband Jim is a local attorney.