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Roots of Contemporary Issues RCI

Katy Fry

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Wilson-Short Hall 324
  • 509-335-1613

Katy Fry began teaching in the Roots of Contemporary Issues program in 2012. She has most recently developed and teaches an innovative approach to the RCI course entitled “The U.S. West in the World.” The course retains the philosophy and pedagogical approach of RCI, but adds the dimension of studying the U.S. West through a global history approach. This challenges students to consider how the local is interconnected to the global, and how their personal connection to place have been informed by history that might seem far removed from them, but is actually an integral part of their present realities.

In the Spring of 2017, Dr. Fry won the first ever Global Campus Excellence in Teaching Award for her efforts in providing quality education to online WSU students. In the same year she became the Curriculum Coordinator for the RCI program, where she oversees the training of the Teaching Assistants that work with RCI undergraduate students; develops new lesson plans for use in the RCI classroom; and mentors the in-coming Postdoctoral fellows. During the 2017-2018 academic year she will serve as a Provost Office Distinguished Teaching Fellow, working toward improving student engagement through innovative digital platforms.

Dr. Fry’s scholarly interests explore the intersections of race, labor, and immigration in the American. West. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Immigrant Oyster: Japanese on Washington’s Tidelands and the Creation of a Trans-Pacific Industry. This work examines the central role that Japanese immigrant and Japanese American oyster laborers in Washington State played in creating and facilitating transnational networks in the mid-20th century that moved the Pacific Northwest more fully into the economic and geo-political world of the larger Pacific. For more about Dr. Fry, see her CV.