Meet Our Instructors

The team teaching Humanity in Perspective in Downtown Portland.

Caitlin Dwyer Young is a writer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. Her writing has recently appeared in Longreads, Creative Nonfiction, Narratively, and Oregon Humanities (as Caitlin Dwyer). A full-time mom, she also teaches writing at Portland Community College and other community-oriented organizations. She teaches critical thinking and writing at HIP, and believes that writing is a way of thinking and living in relationship to those around us, and she strives to break down barriers around traditional writing education and empower educational access for new and non-traditional students. She has studied writing at Pomona College, University of Hong Kong, and Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writer’s Workshop. When not writing or teaching, she’s grubbing in her garden or hiking in the mountains with her family. 


Carolina Gómez-Montoya holds an MA and PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. While not teaching language, literature, or writing, Carolina can be found in her studio doodling animation film ideas or attempting to finish a story she’s been working on. Carolina joined HIP in 2018 and was assigned a subject called “history” which she is still (fortunately) trying to make sense of. Carolina also teaches at Portland State University and in the Language and Thinking program at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson.


Blake Hausman is an educator and novelist who began teaching literature with the HIP program in 2018. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, he holds a PhD in English from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on Native American literatures and Native American Studies. In addition to teaching with HIP, Blake teaches English, reading, writing, and Native American studies at the Southeast campus of Portland Community College. With a passion for making education meaningful for all people, Blake is grateful for the HIP program and the awesome opportunities it creates for our communities.


Monica Mueller is a senior instructor of philosophy at Portland State University. She has been facilitating conversations with Oregon Humanities since 2017 and began teaching philosophy in the Humanity in Perspective program in 2018. Mueller’s areas of research are virtue/care ethics and political philosophy; she has published a book, Contrary to Thoughtlessness: Rethinking Practical Wisdom. She finds inspiration while engaging in conversations around human experience and while listening to the wisdom of nature. She earned her PhD from Binghamton University’s program for Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy.


Patricia Vázquez Gómez works and lives between Portland and Mexico City. Her practice investigates the immigrant experience, social invisibility, the performative aspects of identity, the intersections between ethics and aesthetics, and the social function of art through a variety of media that includes painting, printmaking, video, and socially engaged art projects. The purpose and methodologies of her work are deeply informed by her experiences working in the immigrant rights and other social justice movements in the US. Patricia’s work can be explored at She teaches art history and visual culture at HIP.


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