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  • Maria Van Buiten

    Maria Van Buiten

    Finance Manager, History Department

    BioMaria came to Stanford University in 2004 from Hewlett Packard. At Stanford she worked at the Graduate School of Business and the Psychology Department, before she became the Finance Manager of the History Department. In this role she manages the department's budgets and expenses. Maria graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. Outside of work Maria is involved in the lives of her two teenage children. She likes to go on hikes and to explore her Portuguese heritage.

  • Vannessa Velez

    Vannessa Velez

    Ph.D. Student in History, admitted Autumn 2017

    BioVannessa Velez is a PhD Candidate in History at Stanford University. Her research broadly examines the environmental impact of globalization on urban centers, with particular attention to environmental inequality. Her dissertation traces the environmental and political history of metro-Atlanta’s rapid economic development in the second half of the twentieth century, when the city’s leaders embraced globalization both early and enthusiastically to great economic success, at the expense of the city’s built and natural environment.

    Vannessa is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the Mellon Mays Fellowship, the Norall Award, and the Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize. She is currently working on several projects, including a digital humanities project dedicated to research methods in Black Studies, an article on black environmental politics in the 1980s, and a co-authored article on race, globalization, and the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta.