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BioAla Ebtekar is a visual artist who works between his native San Francisco Bay Area and Tehran, Iran.
His work has been widely exhibited internationally and are in public and private collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Devi Art Foundation in India, Orange County Museum of Art, de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco International Airport, and Berkeley Art Museum among others.
He is the founder and director of Art, Social Space and Public Discourse, a global initiative on art that investigates the multiple contexts that shift and define changing ideas of public space. This ongoing critical framework of conversations, newly issued art projects, and exploration of various cultural productions and intellectual traditions looks at recent transformations of civic life.
He has been a lecturer at Stanford University since 2009 in the Department of Art & Art History, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, ITALIC, Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, the Hamid & Christina Program in Iranian Studies, and Stanford Global Studies.
Albert Ray Lang Professor, Emerita
BioThe goal of my research is to understand the social meaning of linguistic variation. In order to do this, I pursue my sociolinguistic work in the context of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork, focusing on the relation between variation, linguistic style, social identity and social practice.
Gender has been the big misunderstood in studies of sociolinguistic variation - in spite of the fact that some of the most exciting intellectual developments over the past decades have been in theories of gender and sexuality ... so I have been spending a good deal of time working on language and gender as well.
Since adolescents and preadolescents are the movers and shakers in linguistic change, I concentrate on this age group, and much of my research takes place in schools. The institutional research site has made me think a good deal about learning and education, but particularly about the construction of adolescence in American society.
William H. Bonsall Professor of French and Professor, by courtesy, of History and of Political Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy current research lies in the fields of intellectual history, political thought, and digital humanities (DH). I recently published a book that explores the history of rights from the Wars of Religion to the Age of Revolutions; I'm currently working on a book that explores the intellectual history of revolution; I have a number of papers on Rousseau's political thought underway; and I continue to work on a number of DH projects.
Confucius Institute Professor of Sinology
- Chinese Poetry
- Song dynasty Poetry and literati Culture
- The social and historical context of Song dynasty aesthetics