Seema Bahl is a faculty lecturer in the Sociology Department at Bellevue College and at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Seema’s teaching and research interests include disability, race, gender, and medical sociology. Notably, Seema has developed courses in disability studies and disability justice, which she has been teaching for several years. In addition, Seema has published academic articles on both mothering and flamenco performance within a disability justice context.
Seema co-founded the Seattle Disability Justice Collective in 2011 and has been involved in disability justice activism and leadership in the Pacific Northwest for a number of years. She is also currently serving on the Borealis Philanthropy Disability Inclusion Fund Grantmaking Committee as a Disability Justice Advocate. Seema will be serving as a part-time Associate Education Ombuds at the Governor's Office of Education Ombuds. She will be responsible for working with families, educators, schools, and community groups across Washington State to solve problems that impact student learning, facilitate communication among stakeholders, and advance educational equity and inclusion.