Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
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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."
COLLEGE Teaching Fellow
BioI am a Thinking Matters Fellow. This year, I will be teaching Rules of War and Emotion. My research focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle's ethics. I also have interests in contemporary ethics, political philosophy, and other periods and areas of the history of philosophy.
Academic Technology Specialist, Freshman and Sophomore Programs (FSP)
Undergraduate, Symbolic Systems
BioI am a Black woman who aims to reimagine user-interfacing designing: centering the margins of scholarly expression—the arts of Black vernacular self-fashioning—to invent multi-sensory ways of digitally presenting projects based in sociocultural, sustainable, and empathetic understandings of the Black identity.
Marina Dewinara Luccioni
Cda (Course Development Assistant), Freshman and Sophomore Programs (FSP)
Marketing Video Intern, Stanford Arts Office Programs
Stanford Student Employee, Stanford Arts Office Programs
Stanford Student Employee, Stanford Live
BioI work on projects which combine my interest in exploring mental health with respect for traditional and local ecological knowledge. I want to better understand psychoactive molecules in their ecological context through to their neural and psychological effects on humans.
Using the "Chief of Ghosts" hallucinatory fish from Hawaii and Sonoran Desert Toad as models, I aim to learn how these animals come to contain and accumulate their toxins, and how the molecules interact with human neural function to produce altered mental states.
Outside of the lab I love exploring and hiking with friends; I would highly recommend www.shortoftheweek.com as a general resource and I share curated shorts lists on theblueberry.rf.gd, my project website.