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New Director Named for CWU’s Douglas Honors College

Anne Cubilié has been named the new director of Central Washington University’s William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC). CWU Associate Provost Tracy Pellett announced the hiring of Cubilié, who was born and raised in Seattle, with roots in Ellensburg dating back to her maternal grandfather.

Cubilié is currently a First Program Officer for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Capacity Development Office. She previously served as a policy officer and unit head in the Policy Development and Studies Branch of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“I spent a year working for the UN in Afghanistan and Pakistan and have also lived off and on in Cairo [Egypt],” Cubilié notes, where she worked for the Gender and Human Rights Advisors of the UN Coordinator’s Office.

In addition, she took part in a joint United Nations/American University in Cairo program as a visiting scholar conducting research into women’s relationships to state structures and received formal training by the UN in mediation and conflict resolution.

Prior to joining the UN, she served as an assistant professor of transnational feminist cultural studies at Georgetown University. Her specializations are in human rights, testimony, gender and conflict recovery, cultural studies, and film and media studies.

The human rights-themed specialization of Cubilié’s career has been inspired by her belief in humans’ innate responsibility for maintaining and promoting social justice.

“I can trace this belief as far back as the fourth grade, and it seems to have continued as an academic and professional preoccupation of mine,” says Cubilié. “I believe the questions raised by [human rights] are fundamental to the study and practice of the liberal arts.”

Cubilié has both undergraduate and graduate teaching experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon, where she was an honors college graduate, and her master’s and PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Cubilié’s book, Women Witnessing Terror: Testimony and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights, was published in 2005. She has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent invited lecturer and conference presenter.

“The [Douglas] Honors College at Central is an excellent place for me to bring together my teaching and research experience with the skills I developed at the UN in support of a regional university in my home state,” says Cubilié. “I’m very eager to help support the students of Central to reach their fullest potential.”

Cubilié will assume her new responsibilities on September 2. She replaces Matt Altman, who has served as the DHC director since 2009. He is returning to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies to serve as chair. 

Named for the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the DHC has been in existence for more than 30 years. It’s designed to challenge students to reach their potential as writers, readers, speakers, and critical thinkers through interdisciplinary courses in the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences taught by professors from throughout the university.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

June 26, 2013

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