UW Graduate School

Interdisciplinary Individual PhD

The Interdisciplinary Individual Ph.D. program is for exceptionally able students in high academic standing whose objectives for study are so truly interdisciplinary that they cannot be met within one of the University units authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. The program is intended for dissertation topics that require supervision from two or more of the programs through which the University offers the Ph.D. degree.

Program website

Degree(s) offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Individual Ph.D.)

Program director/interdisciplinary group chair

  • Jan Spyridakis, Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering

Primary Staff Contact

  • Jean Rogers, Program Operations Specialist, Graduate School

Interdisciplinary Faculty Group Membership

The following are the core/voting Graduate Faculty members of the interdisciplinary group. For a complete list of faculty active in the program, see the program website.

  • Laada Bilaniuk, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Archis Ghate, Asssociate Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Kevin Haggerty, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Jan Spyridakis, Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Michael Townsend, Associate Professor, School of Law
  • Mark Zachry, Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering