Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
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ITALIC Associate Director
BioKim Beil is an art historian who specializes in the history of photography. Her book, Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography, looks at 50 stylistic trends in the medium since the 19th century. Recently she’s written about photography and climate change for The Atlantic, a survey of street views for Cabinet, and a history of screenshots for the Believer. She also writes frequently about modern and contemporary art for Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, Photograph, and Sculpture magazines.
Chloe Summers Edmondson
Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
BioChloe Summers Edmondson is a Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (previously Thinking Matters). She received her PhD from Stanford in the French & Italian Department in 2020. Her research is situated at the crossroads of literary criticism, cultural history, and media studies. She specializes in 17th and 18th-century France, with a particular focus on letter-writing practices. She has also worked extensively in the field of Digital Humanities. Chloe was co-project lead on the "Salons Project" with Melanie Conroy, a project under the umbrella of "Mapping the Republic of Letters." She completed the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities offered through CESTA, the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Modern History, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and in the series Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. Most recently she co-edited a volume with Dan Edelstein, entitled Networks of Enlightenment: Digital Approaches to the Republic of Letters, with Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. She holds a BA with Honors in French and a MA in Communication, also from Stanford.
Courses taught include: "Stories Everywhere," "Design that Understands Us," and "Reading the Body."
COLLEGE Teaching Fellow
BioNate Grubman is a Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE). He was previously a postdoctoral scholar at the Freeman-Spogli Institute's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Prior to coming to Stanford, he earned a BA in International Relations at Tufts University, an MS in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Political Science at Yale University, At Yale, he taught courses in comparative politics and international relations. In New Haven, he also co-designed and co-taught a community college macroeconomics course re-centered around the Middle East and North Africa.
Nate is currently working on a book entitled Skipping Class: Tunisia's Party System After the Revolution. The book uses archival material, elite interviews, an original survey, and analysis of campaign materials to understand why the party system formed after Tunisia's 2010--11 uprising failed to offer appealing economic policy choices to voters. More broadly, the book considers the role of political parties and their policy promises during transitions from authoritarian rule. His other research focuses on corruption and political nostalgia.
Nate first went to North Africa in 2007, when he studied abroad in Cairo and briefly lived on a boat. After graduating from college, he spent two years teaching middle school English and high school history in Cairo. He was surprised and inspired by the popular uprising that took place in Egypt in 2011 and has dedicated the time ever since to studying the many difficulties experienced during political transitions. In addition to his time in Egypt, he has studied in Morocco and conducted extensive research in Tunisia.
Nura Alia Hossainzadeh
BioNura Hossainzadeh is a Lecturer in the Structured Liberal Education program and a political theorist by training. Her interest in political theory began when she was an undergraduate at Harvard, where she studied the canon of political theory—which begins in ancient Greece and ends in contemporary Europe and the U.S. After college, Nura moved to Qom, Iran, enrolling in an all-female Islamic seminary, Jami’at Al-Zahra, and taking courses in Islamic political thought and the Iranian revolution. She continued her study of both Western and Islamic political thought at UC Berkeley’s Department of Political Science, where she earned her Ph.D. in political science in 2016, writing her dissertation on a figure who not only wrote political theory but led an Islamic government—Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Nura’s current book project is entitled Islamic Republican: Ruhollah Khomeini’s Political Thought. Khomeini's thought became a primary resource for the writing of Iran’s Islamic constitution and continues to influence politics in contemporary Iran. Nura’s book examines all of Khomeini’s political works in the original Persian: his yet-untranslated book, published in 1943, The Unveiling of Secrets; his more widely read 1970 seminary lectures (later compiled into a book form), Islamic Government; and his post-revolutionary statements, speeches, and correspondence, contained in 11 volumes. The book concludes by investigating how contemporary Islamic thinkers engage Khomeini’s legacy and deploy it to justify or criticize democratic elements in Islamic governance.
While pursuing research on Khomeini, Nura has taught a variety of courses on topics as diverse as American politics and government, feminist thought, canonical and non-Western political theory, Iranian and Middle East politics, and legal theory.
BioMichaela Hulstyn is a Lecturer in Structured Liberal Education (SLE), a first-year residential education program at Stanford University.
Her first monograph, _Unselfing: Global French Literature at the Limits of Consciousness_, is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in 2022. Her research interests center on 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literature, phenomenology of the self and intersubjectivity, cognitive approaches to transcultural literature, and literature as ethical philosophy. Her work has appeared in MLN, Philosophy and Literature, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, among other places.
She previously held academic appointments at Florida State University and Reed College.
Dharshani Lakmali Jayasinghe
Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
BioDharshani Lakmali Jayasinghe is a Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education at Stanford University. Lakmali has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and has been teaching and mentoring both college and high school students since 2004. In 2016, Lakmali was awarded the Stanford-City College of New York Teaching Fellowship, while in 2020, she was selected as a Provost’s Teaching Fellow. Lakmali has taught a variety of courses in the liberal arts and the humanities intersecting literature, film, comparative literature, philosophy, literary theory, linguistics, history, global health, medicine, human biology, law, ethics, and human rights. She has also facilitated ten quarter-long workshops for the Stanford Humanities House.
Lakmali is an Assistant Editor of the Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopaedia (General Editor: Prof. Patricia Parker; Associate Editor: Prof. Roland Greene), and a Senior Editor of the Stanford International Policy Review (Chair of Faculty Advisory Board: Prof. Francis Fukuyama). She is also a Research Associate at the Poetic Media Lab; a digital humanities lab at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). During the 2021-2022 academic year, Lakmali is affiliated with the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester, New York as an Associate of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on “Unbordering Migration in the Americas: Causes, Experiences, Identities”. In 2016/17, she was a Visiting Ph.D. Scholar at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York.
Lakmali has won over twenty fellowships and awards during the last few years, the most recent being the 2021 Stanford Historical Society’s Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award for Excellence in the Practice of Oral History for her oral history project “In Transit: An Oral History Project on Crossing Borders”. During four consecutive years, she won awards at the Annual Korean Literature Essay Competition (double-blind and peer reviewed) organized by the Korea Translation Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. Lakmali was also the recipient of the Graduate Film Studies Academic Paper Prize awarded by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the recipient of the Fulbright MA Fellowship, the Endeavor Award (to pursue doctoral studies at the Australian National University), the Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Writing Fellowship awarded by the Stanford Humanities Center, and several fellowships and grants awarded by the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, the Stanford Europe Center, the Stanford Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and the Stanford d.school / the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.
Lakmali’s research interests include topics in immigration, visa law and policy, border surveillance, human rights, and human dignity. She works across literature, film, oral history, law, and the digital humanities using cross-cultural and interdisciplinary methods. She has presented her research at over twenty academic conferences, including multiple conferences at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Stanford University. She has also presented papers at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), the Modern Language Association (MLA), and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). In 2021, she was a recipient of the NeMLA Conference Paper Prize and was also awarded an Outstanding Conference Abstract Award at the International Graduate Student Conference organized by the East West Center, HI. Lakmali is currently working on a book based on her research on visa law and policy. An article based on this work is forthcoming in the double-blind peer-reviewed journal Law and Literature.
Alison Grace Laurence
Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
BioAlison Laurence is a Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education. She received her PhD from MIT’s interdisciplinary program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) in 2019. A cultural and environmental historian, she specializes in the study of nature on display. Her current book manuscript--Of Dinosaurs and Culture Wars: Extinction, Extraction, and Modern American Monsters--traces how popular displays transformed dinosaurs and other creatures of deep time from scientific specimens to consumer objects and artifacts of everyday American life. Alison’s work has appeared in the Science Museum Group Journal, the History of Anthropology Newsletter, and the Anthropocene Curriculum. She holds a BA in Classics from Brown University and an MA in History and Public History from the University of New Orleans.
During the 2021-22 academic year, she is teaching "Stories Everywhere," "Design That Understands Us," "The Meat We Eat," and a new IntroSem called "Animal Archives."