Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
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Thinking Matters Fellow
BioNicole Martin is a social and cultural historian interested in how Americans have framed, understood, and reconciled questions about belonging and place in relation to territorial expansion. Her research and teaching interests are in gender and women’s history, Reconstruction, the American West, and settler colonialism. She received a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University (2018), an M.St. in Women’s Studies from Oxford University, and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current manuscript project traces the creation and rise of the American home as the core social concept organizing nineteenth-century American society. It uncovers how the federal government, social and moral reformers, and various cultural authorities wielded the home as a powerful tool to first connect and then reconstruct the expanding nation according to a single vision of American citizenship. She has taught courses on the Age of Jefferson, the Gilded Age, Women in Modern America, and Race and Gender in the American West. As a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford, she will teach “Race in American Memory” and “American Enemies.”
BioSangeeta Mediratta returns to PWR after a sojourn in Stanford Global Studies as Associate Director. She has served as Teaching Fellow and then Lecturer over five years in the past and returns with ever-greater enthusiasm for the teaching of writing and for working with her students. At Stanford, she has taught classes on rhetoric and writing, literature and film. Her PWR classes currently focus on maps, borders, networks, objects, and objectification. She loves learning about and helping her students develop their personalized research projects.
She completed her Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego in English Literature. Her dissertation :Bazaars, Cannibals, and Sepoys: Sensationalism and Transnational Cultures of Empire" studied at the ways texts, objects, and spectacles in the U.S. and Britain drew upon imperial stories and objects to critique contemporary social evils such as slavery, class injustice, and the Corn Laws. She has also written on world cinema, popular culture, disability studies, as well as gender and race studies.
Her current research focuses on the materiality of writing and on how students use culture as a way to build campus communities. She is also interested in student activism and empathy as a mode of living, connecting, writing, and being.
Kevin C. Moore
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsForthcoming Work:
"Wrestling with the Far Right: Ellison's Representations of Fascism." Ralph Ellison in Context. Paul Devlin, ed. Cambridge University Press. Accepted January 2020.
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Poetics of Art History; The Relation of Ethics and Aesthetics; Analytic Philosophy; Essayism