Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


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  • Laura Joyce Davis

    Laura Joyce Davis

    Lecturer (Fixed Term)

    BioPrior to joining the Stanford Storytelling Project, Laura was one of Podcast Magazine's Top 22 Influencers in Podcasting in 2022, and created 200 episodes of the narrative podcast Shelter in Place, which won the International Women’s Podcast Awards category for “Changing the World One Moment at a Time.” Laura also co-founded a PR News Social Impact Award-winning podcast training intensive with her writer husband Nate, and currently teaches Narrative Podcast Labs, an online course. Before creating Shelter in Place, Laura was a WNYC podcast accelerator finalist, a Fulbright scholar, and an award-winning fiction writer.

  • Tara Diener

    Tara Diener

    PWR Lecturer

    BioTara received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2016 and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society in 2014. Prior to graduate studies at Michigan, she practiced as a Registered Nurse in obstetrics and pediatrics while earning an M.A. in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences (CEHLS) at Michigan State University. She has taught courses in creative non-fiction writing, medical, biological, and sociocultural anthropology, international and African studies, global health, political science, and the history of medicine in the US, Western Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. She is an anthropologist and historian of medicine, maternal and infant health and mortality, global health (non)systems, and nursing ethics and practice. She is proficient in both archival and ethnographic methods and her previous projects have focused on the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone.

  • Kevin DiPirro

    Kevin DiPirro

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Rhetoric of Performance; Multimodal Presentation; Devised Theatre; Art and Technology