Rachel Arteaga is Assistant Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a grant program generously funded by the Andew W. Mellon Foundation at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. In June 2016 she completed the PhD in English at the University of Washington. Her dissertation, "Sorrow Brought Forth Joy": Feelings of Faith in American Literature, focuses on theories of affect and emotion and representations of religious experience across American literary texts.
In 2012, she initiated a graduate student affinity group on the topic of teaching with technology; beginning in the fall of 2013, this informal collaborative became the interdisciplinary Graduate Interest Group under a grant made possible by the Simpson Center for the Humanities. For two years, she served as a liaison between the UW in the High School program and regional high school teachers of English, an engagement that informed her pilot project Spar, a collaborative public scholarship project designed to assess and encourage the use of digital humanities resources in rural high schools in southwest Washington state.