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Simpson, Michele D

Senior Instructor


Research Areas research areas



  • Principal Investigator: Girls Like Us. The goal of our research is to design and evaluate a novel program that aims to support adolescent girls with combating narratives of appearance bias, racism, raciailizedS trauma, and colorism through mindfulness, movement, and wellness strategies. The Girls Like Us program also aims to encourage agency and provide tools to deconstruct longstanding and persistent tropes regarding Black girls, while centering the lived experiences of this population.


courses taught

  • ARSC 1480 - MASP Social Science Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Fosters an appreciation of the social sciences. Readings, discussions, cooperative learning exercises, and outside activities illustrate the interconnections between different bodies of knowledge. Emphasizes relationships between the social sciences and the real world. Department consent required. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.
  • ARSC 1490 - MASP Humanities Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Enhances students' knowledge and appreciation of the humanities. Readings, discussions, cooperative learning exercises, workshopping papers and presentation, guest speakers, and outside activities are designed to enhance both students' appreciation of the subject matter and their performance in their regular courses. Emphasis is on actively using knowledge of humanities in a variety of ways. Department consent required. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 2800 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Designed to meet needs of students with topics of interest. May be repeated up to 12 credit hours.
  • FARR 1100 - Passport to LIterature in the Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Designed to build on Farrand's strength in the humanities, this course provides first-year students with the tools to think critically and independently and to engage in thoughtful discourse. It offers several short articles selected to provide a sense of community, and also one or two literary works chosen for more in-depth analysis and exploration.
  • FARR 2660 - Ethics of Ambition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Through selected readings in classical literature on ethics and through more contemporary readings and films, examines critical ethical issues relating to the competition of ambitions and the alternative styles of choosing between courses of action in adangerous world. Uses biographies of those whose lives illustrate both the complexities of the struggles and the profundity of possibilities. Considers the unconscious metaphors of national visions and ambitions, the competing ethics of ends and means, the conflicting ambitions in a pluralistic society, and the transcendent ambitions of visionaries. Same as HONR 2250.
  • PHIL 2800 - Open Topics/Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • WGST 2050 - Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores diverse cultural forms such as film, popular fiction and non-fiction, music videos, public art, websites, blogs and zines which are shaped by, and in turn shape, popular understandings of gender at the intersections of race, class, ability, religion, nation and imperialism.
  • WGST 2200 - Women, Gender, Literature, and the Arts
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2023
    Introduces the contributions of women to literature and the performing arts from a historical and cross-cultural perspective. Emphasizes representations of gender and sexuality, as well as the cultural contexts in which artworks are created. Stresses issues of structure, content, and style, along with the acquisition of basic techniques of literary and arts criticism. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000.


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