Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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  • Belinda Ramírez

    Belinda Ramírez

    COLLEGE Teaching Fellow

    BioBelinda Ramírez received their PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California San Diego. Their dissertation research dealt with the social, political, and economic dimensions of urban agriculture in the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan region. While researching these topics, Belinda was exposed to the fulfillment found in experiential learning and working firsthand to change their local food system, receiving agricultural training through local farms and their involvement with community gardens in southern San Diego. They have also engaged in statewide political advocacy for young farmers through the National Young Farmers Coalition, served as both Board and Food Justice Co-Chair for Slow Food Urban San Diego, and worked as a Soil Farmer for Food2Soil.

    Considering themself a farmer-scholar, Belinda is excited to delve into the worlds of (urban) agriculture and food justice in the Bay Area and to share the importance of this work with incoming students in the COLLEGE program. Looking to the future, Belinda is excited to contribute to the transformation of the global food system through agricultural education efforts based within their own food production spaces as well as through political advocacy, teaching, and writing.

  • Stephanie Reist

    Stephanie Reist


    BioStephanie Virginia Reist is a Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Education Department at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, financed by the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. She completed a PhD in Romance Studies with a focus on Latin American Cultural Studies as well as a Master's in Public Policy at Duke University in 2018. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Williams College.

    Her research and writing focus on issues of race, public policy, Black feminisms, cultural production, youth, and urban belonging in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship between youth movements and access to higher education in Rio's predominately black, working class urban peripheries. As part of her commitment to public scholarship, her writing has been featured in RioOnWatch, Times Higher Education, The Independent and Jacobin Magazine.

    She also co-directed a short documentary on expanded access to higher education in Brazil that can be seen here: