Monika Sengul-Jones (she/her), PhD, is an independent writer and scholar based in Seattle, WA, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. She has a doctorate in Communication and Science Studies, and in 2020 she was honored with the Dean’s Fellowship Prize for Humanistic Studies for her graduate research; she also holds an MA in Gender Studies, as an Ambassadorial Scholar of Goodwill, supported by the Rotary Foundation International.
Sengul-Jones has taught at University of Washington, UC San Diego, Central European University, and Hugo House in Seattle. As an instructor, she encourages students to take risks by listening, following ideas, and naming the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Much of her work is collaborative and falls at the intersection of public scholarship, education, and research. She recently co-led an Art+Feminism research project partially funded by Wikicred on reliable sources and marginalized communities on Wikipedia, the report Unreliable Guidelines: Reliable Sources and Marginalized Communities in French, English and Spanish Wikipedia was published in June 2021. In 2017-18, Sengul-Jones was the OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence for the Wikipedia+Libraries: Better Together project. Her work has been supported by and conducted with Art+Feminism, Knight Foundation, OCLC, Network of National Libraries of Medicine, WikiCred, Wiki Edu, and Wikimedia Foundation.
Sengul-Jones contributes to the European Journalism Centre’s Data Journalism.com and is experienced with print and online publishing. Sengul-Jones was the inaugural co-managing editor and web developer for Catalyst, a peer-reviewed feminist technoscience journal.
Her award-winning writing has been described as “moving” and “emotionally exciting.” She has studied creative writing at the University of Washington, with Sabrina Orah Mark, and Amanda Castleman. She was awarded a travel writing workshop scholarship, and in 2020, Sengul-Jones funded a scholarship with Castleman’s women-focused writing program Write Like A Honey Badger.
Currently, she is at work on a debut novel about losing promises and longing, centered on the journey of a scientist grappling with the legacies and futures of petroleum pollution and intergenerational trauma.