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Sean Russell Hallowell
Thinking Matters Fellow
BioA musician and composer, Sean Russell Hallowell received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2013, where he wrote a dissertation on the aesthetico-metaphysical valences of compositional tradition in European music from the late-fourteenth to late-sixteenth centuries. He comes to Stanford University having spent the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of California, Berkeley, where, as Lecturer in the History and Literature of Western Music, he taught two courses of his own design - one on historical practices of composition from pre-existing materials, the other on trans-historical theories of the music of the spheres (according to which natural phenomena governed by numerical proportion, such as the orbiting of planets, produce a species of music). His own music, composed in the electro-acoustic tradition, draws upon ideas from the history of musique concrète as well as that of the philosophy of time to explore the phenomenology of time in music and the relationship between time and identity perceived through musical form. An interdisciplinary thinker by training, as an undergraduate at Brown University he concentrated in comparative literature and music, and, as a graduate student at Columbia, he spent five years teaching Music Humanities, the university's core curriculum course in music history and appreciation. As a Fellow in Stanford's Thinking Matters program for the 2017-2018 academic year he will teach THINK 43: What is Love, THINK 59: Worlds of Sound, and THINK 45: Thinking about the Universe.
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research and teaching focus on the history of slavery and racial prejudice in the United States, during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Kristyn Nicole Mahealani Hara
Thinking Matters Fellow
BioKristyn Hara is a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University and currently teaches in the “Living with Viruses,” “The Cause is Uncertain,” and “100,000 Years of War” courses. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research interests consist of anthropological theory and method, historical and political ecology, urbanism, materiality, spatial theory, and political philosophy.
Kristyn’s doctoral research engaged archaeologically with the entanglements of human and forest histories as they are materially, relationally, and discursively expressed at monastic institutions as part of an urbanizing landscape at the ancient capital of Angkor, Cambodia. Her work, which was funded by sources including the Fulbright Program, National Geographic, the Society for American Archaeology, and the University of Chicago, mobilizes archaeological and paleoethnobotanical data to explore forest-based socio-ecologies at Angkor during the Angkorian Period (802-1431 C.E.) and demonstrates the long-term importance of community-based institutions in forest management and practices and their role in the production of past and present landscapes. Kristyn is also involved in research initiatives centered on Food-Energy-Water (FEW) dynamics within the context of hydropower development, climate change, and (trans)national politics in the Mekong region.
In her free time, Kristyn enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, reading philosophy, and composing music.
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Ethnic Studies, Narrative and Rhetorical Theory, Cultural Studies, Classical Rhetoric, and American Literature,
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Cold War Literature and Culture, Popular American Literature and Culture, Young Adult Literature, Posthumanism, the Digital Humanities, Writing Pedagogy, and Multimodal Composition
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.
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Scholar Activism/Engaged Scholarship; Empathy and Social Justice; The Rhetoric of Criminality; Identity; Racial and Social Justice Movements