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  • Christine Alfano

    Christine Alfano

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Digital Rhetoric, Rhetoric of Gaming, Visual Rhetoric, Gender and Technology, Writing Program Administration

  • Doree Allen

    Doree Allen

    Senior Lecturer in Oral Communication at the Center for Teaching and Learning

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPoetics of the performed text, voice and gender, leadership communication, speaking in museum settings, pedagogy of aesthetic development, Readers' Theatre, healing and the arts, the rhetoric of stage presence

  • Mutallip Anwar

    Mutallip Anwar

    Lecturer

    BioMutallip Anwar completed his PhD in Language & Rhetoric at the University of Washington. Prior to joining PWR, he taught college writing courses at the University of Washington and Highline College. His primary teaching and research interests include rhetoric and composition studies, language education, discourse analysis, and translation.

  • Angela Becerra Vidergar

    Angela Becerra Vidergar

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Radio and Multimedia Storytelling; Humanities Communication; 20th-21st c. Literature and Culture of the Americas; Disaster Fiction and Survivalism; Imaginations of the Future; Graphic Narratives; Theorizations of the Collective Imaginary; 19th and 20th-century Philosophy; Speculative Fiction and the Impact of Science and Technology on Society

  • Kim Beil

    Kim Beil

    ITALIC Associate Director

    BioDr. Beil is a scholar of visual culture, with an emphasis on the history of photography. Her book, Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography, looks at 50 stylistic trends in the medium since the 19th century. In prior research, she has focused on the relationship between color photography and modern architecture, and on the use of blur to represent speed and individuality in automotive advertising. She writes frequently about contemporary art and publishes in Artforum, Art in America, X-TRA: Contemporary Art Quarterly, as well as scholarly publications including Afterimage, Museums and Social Issues, and Visual Resources.

  • Shaleen Brawn

    Shaleen Brawn

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Rhetoric of Science and Technology, Science Communication, Publishing as Process and Institution

  • Tessa Rose Brown

    Tessa Rose Brown

    Lecturer

    BioDr. Tessa Brown, a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, is a writer, researcher, and educator. Her doctoral dissertation, “SCHOOLED: Hiphop Composition at the Predominantly White University,” considered the contradictions of hiphop culture, writing education, and the fight for language rights in predominantly or historically white institutional contexts. Dr. Brown also researches social media and whiteness and femininity, and uses memoristic and autoethnographic methods in her work.

    Tessa’s essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in Harper’s, Hyperallergic, The Forward, The New Haven Review, The American Reader, and rhetoric journal Kairos. Her peer-reviewed research is forthcoming in Peitho. Her novella Sorry for Partying was honored by the Paris Literary Prize in 2014. She has written a blog, Hiphopocracy, since 2011, and lives in San Francisco.

  • Nissa Ren Cannon

    Nissa Ren Cannon

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on transatlantic modernism, citizenship, and print culture. My book project, which was chosen for the 2019 Penn State First Book Institute, argues that the bureaucratic and literary documents of interwar itinerancy–including passports, travel ephemera, and newspapers–shape expatriation as a distinct mode of national belonging.

  • Collin Closek

    Collin Closek

    Thinking Matters (or TM) Lecturer

    BioI am a Staff Scientist at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and a Teaching Fellow in the Thinking Matters Program in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. My research focuses on optimizing molecular and computational tools to address ecological and evolutionary questions. I have published in the areas of environmental change, ocean health, biodiversity, disease, eDNA, -omics, and aquaculture. I hold a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia, began my doctoral studies at the University of California, Merced, and earned my Ph.D. at Penn State. I completed two postdoctoral appointments, first as a joint-postdoctoral researcher at University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and University of Maryland's Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology. Second, I completed advanced collaborative training as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment in conjunction with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I enjoy exploring and teaching about the natural world, its diversity, complexities, and the challenges faced by our environment.

  • Tara Diener

    Tara Diener

    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

  • Chloe Summers Edmondson

    Chloe Summers Edmondson

    Thinking Matters Lecturer

    BioChloe Summers Edmondson is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. She received her PhD from Stanford in the French & Italian Department in 2020. Her research is situated at the crossroads of literary criticism, cultural history, and media studies. She specializes in 17th and 18th-century France, with a particular focus on letter-writing practices. She has also worked extensively in the field of Digital Humanities. Chloe was co-project lead on the "Salons Project" with Melanie Conroy, a project under the umbrella of "Mapping the Republic of Letters." She completed the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities offered through CESTA, the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Modern History, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and in the series Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. Most recently she co-edited a volume with Dan Edelstein, entitled Networks of Enlightenment: Digital Approaches to the Republic of Letters, with Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. She holds a BA with Honors in French and a MA in Communication, also from Stanford.

    During the 2020-2021 academic year, she is teaching "Stories Everywhere," "Design that Understands Us," and "Reading the Body."

  • Erik Ellis

    Erik Ellis

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Multimodal Composition, Visual Rhetoric, The Essay, Style, Picture Books

  • Norah Fahim

    Norah Fahim

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Digital Rhetoric, Narrative Inquiry, Writing Program Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Second Language Writing

  • Lindsey Felt

    Lindsey Felt

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Disability Studies, Media Culture, Science and Technology Studies, Graphic Narrative, Digital Humanities, Posthumanism.

  • Megan Formato

    Megan Formato

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: History of Science and Technology; Rhetoric of Science; Literature and Science; Science and Technology Studies; Scientific Writing Practices; Women and Science; Revision Practices

  • Thomas Freeland

    Thomas Freeland

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Theatre (Shakespeare, German Theatre, Shakespeare in German); Critical Theory, Literature in Translation, German Literature, History of the American West, European History, Political Science

  • Mark Gardiner

    Mark Gardiner

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Social and Cultural Anthropology, African Studies, Environmental Justice, Race, Critical Science and Technology Studies, Politics, Institutions, International Development

  • Wendy Goldberg

    Wendy Goldberg

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Rhetoric of Performance (with special reference to musical theater); Writing Center Studies; American Literature

  • Alexander Greenhough

    Alexander Greenhough

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSpecialization: Film Theory; Film History; Postwar European and American Cinema; Contemporary New Zealand Cinema

  • Arturo Heredia

    Arturo Heredia

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Ethnic Studies, Narrative and Rhetorical Theory, Cultural Studies, Classical Rhetoric, and American Literature,

  • Shannon Hervey

    Shannon Hervey

    Lecturer

    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

    Nura Alia Hossainzadeh

    SLE Lecturer

    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.

  • Brittany S. Hull

    Brittany S. Hull

    Lecturer

    BioBorn and raised in Chester, PA.
    Proud graduate of THE 1ST HBCU, Lincoln University.
    A firm believer that ALL lives can't matter until ALL BLACK lives do.
    I drink my water and mind my business.

  • Donna Hunter

    Donna Hunter

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Scholar Activism/Engaged Scholarship; Empathy and Social Justice; The Rhetoric of Criminality; Identity; Racial and Social Justice Movements
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  • Harriett Virginia-Ann Jernigan

    Harriett Virginia-Ann Jernigan

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsLearner autonomy, project-based instruction, storytelling

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Jennifer Johnson

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Intersections of Language, Identity and Culture, Sociocultural Studies in Education, Second Language Acquisition Theory and Bilingualism, Multimodal Communication and Theories of Embodiment, Deaf Studies

  • Christopher Kamrath

    Christopher Kamrath

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Citizenship and Political Dissent, Media History, Cultural Memory, the Role of Cultural Identity and Self-Fashioning in Rhetoric

  • Hayden Kantor

    Hayden Kantor

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFood and agriculture; ethnographic writing; rhetorics of capitalism; ethics of care; culture and history of India and South Asia

  • Valerie Kinsey

    Valerie Kinsey

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Writing and Critical Thinking Instruction; Institutional Rhetorics; Rhetorics of Race and Gender; Creative Writing; Philosophy and Rhetoric; Historiography; American History and Literature

  • Alison Grace Laurence

    Alison Grace Laurence

    Thinking Matters (or TM) Lecturer

    BioAlison Laurence is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. 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 20120-21 academic year, she is teaching "Stories Everywhere" and "100,000 Years of War."

  • Raechel Lee

    Raechel Lee

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: 20 - 21st century Latin American Literatures and Cultures; Creative Writing; Translation; Poetry

  • Roy Lee

    Roy Lee

    Thinking Matters Lecturer

    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.

  • Helen Lie

    Helen Lie

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Communication Pedagogy; Visual Communication; Presentation Skills

  • Nicole Martin

    Nicole Martin

    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.”

  • Sangeeta Mediratta

    Sangeeta Mediratta

    PWR Lecturer

    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

    Kevin C. Moore

    Lecturer

    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.

  • Gabrielle Moyer

    Gabrielle Moyer

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Poetics of Art History; The Relation of Ethics and Aesthetics; Analytic Philosophy; Essayism

  • Tiffany Naiman

    Tiffany Naiman

    Lecturer

    BioTiffany Naiman is a lecturer in The Stanford Storytelling Project (SSP) and is the managing editor and a producer for The Storytelling Project’s podcast, State of the Human. She is also the manager of the Braden Grant Program at Stanford University. Prior to her appointment in SSP, Tiffany was a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017, where she also holds an appointment in the Herb Alpert School of Music’s music industry program. She teaches classes on listening, audio storytelling, music industry, aging in popular music, sound studies, concept records, David Bowie, and the history of the Blues, Punk, EDM, and Rock & Roll.

    Tiffany also holds master's degrees in African American Studies and Musicology, and a B.A. in American Literature and Culture, all from UCLA. She is a recipient of UCLA’s Dissertation Year Fellowship and Distinguished Teaching Award in Musicology and holder of graduate certificates in Digital Humanities and Experimental Critical Theory. As a scholar of popular music, temporality, disability studies, and the voice, her dissertation, Singing at Death’s Door: Late Style, Disability, and the Temporality of Illness in Popular Music, reflects on musical and cultural responses to illness, disability, and dying while contributing to our understanding of the social significance of popular music in regard to these areas. Tiffany has developed a specialization as a David Bowie scholar and her work is published in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2019), David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory (Bloomsbury, 2015). She another new chapter on Bowie coming out in 2020 in Blackstar Rising & the Purple Reign: Pop Culture & the (After)Lives of David Bowie & Prince (Duke University Press, 2020). She is currently working simultaneously on two monographs; David Bowie in America and Live Through This: Women and the Politics of Illness and Aging in Popular Music.

    Along with her musicological research and teaching, Tiffany is an award-winning documentary film producer, DJ, electronic musician, and the experimental film and music programmer for the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles. Her film productions have been screened world wide in festivals, at art museums, in theaters, and have been released digitally. The films include Bight of the Twin (2016), The Glamour & The Squalor (2015), The Cardboard Artist (2015), Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014), Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War (2013), and The Mechanical Bride (2012). She is currently in production with two new films: Welcome to My Daydream (2020) and Revival: Confessions of the Queer and Unholy (2020).

    Tiffany devotes a large portion of her free time to attending live musical performances. She also enjoys spending time in nature photographing wildlife.

  • Alexandra Catherine Neame

    Alexandra Catherine Neame

    Lecturer

    BioLexi Neame is a political theorist and science and technology studies scholar. Her research and teaching interests are in the history of political thought and contemporary democratic theory, with a focus on the politics of science, technology and the environment. She leads an interdisciplinary research project called Arendt on Earth: From the Archimedean Point to the Anthropocene (www.arendtonearth.com), funded by a three-year grant from Humanities Without Walls. During 2017-18 she was a Dissertation Research Fellow at the Center for Humanities and Social Change at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught in Northwestern University’s International Studies program, and at Stanford she will teach “Spirit of Democracy,” “100,000 Years of War,” and “Preventing Human Extinction.”

  • Miles Osgood

    Miles Osgood

    SLE Lecturer

    BioMiles Osgood is a Lecturer for Structured Liberal Education (SLE). Miles is also a former Stanford undergraduate, having completed his BA in English with a minor in the Classics in 2011. After working at Oxford University Press in New York for two years, Miles earned a PhD in English at Harvard, where he designed and taught courses on global modernism, women's literature, and James Joyce. He has published essays in the Cantor Arts Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Public Books, and the Washington Post.

    Miles is at work on a book entitled "The World Arena," which uncovers the little-known history of the Olympic Art Competitions of 1912-1948 and argues that twentieth-century world literature self-consciously adopted the qualities of international sport. Across studies of Olympic participants including Robert Graves, Jean Cocteau, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Bunya Koh, and through analysis of sport in the work of H.D., Ralph Ellison, Marianne Moore, and Kamau Brathwaite, "The World Arena" documents the surprisingly pervasive genre of "athletic art" across major axes of twentieth-century culture. An article based on this work is forthcoming in Modernism/modernity.

    Miles has been working in frosh education for many years, starting when he was a Resident Tutor as a Stanford senior and continuing with his time as a Teaching Fellow for Harvard's "Expos" writing program. From 2016 to 2018, Miles also created and developed "J(oyce)-Term," a one-week winter-break bootcamp on Joyce's "Ulysses" for first-year students. He has extended his teaching to high-school students and lifelong learners online as designer and lead instructor for the "Masterpieces of World Literature" series on edX.

    In his spare time, Miles designs board games, edits home movies, and spends time at the park with his puppy, Pico.

  • Kirsten Paige

    Kirsten Paige

    Fellow

    BioI am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Music at Stanford University with affiliations with the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Department of Music, and Woods Institute for the Environment. I received my Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018, where I held the Alfred Lepawsky Fellowship at Berkeley's Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities. I earned my M.Phil. in Music from the University of Cambridge in 2012, and my A.B. in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago in 2011.

    Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German-speaking Europe and its broader transnational and global cultural exchanges, my work observes how scientific—particularly, environmental—knowledge reshaped musical practices and aural cultures, from the design of instruments and performance spaces to musical techniques, listening practices, and aural technologies. I maintain a strong secondary interest in public musicology, particularly in how musicology and musical institutions can address the climate crisis and its humanitarian impacts. My work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals including the Cambridge Opera Journal, The Opera Quarterly, The Wagner Journal, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. I am currently guest-editing and contributing work to a special issue of 19th-c. Music by invitation of the Editorial Board ("Music and the Invention of Environment in the Long Nineteenth Century"), and am writing a book entitled "Richard Wagner's Political Ecology." I have presented my work at national and international conferences, and have most recently been invited to speak at symposia at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, Brown University, and the University of Cambridge.

  • Eldon Pei

    Eldon Pei

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSpecialisation: world cinema; documentary film; post-war visual cultures; East and Southeast Asian studies; propaganda; media, technology and society; critical theory; postcolonialism

  • John Peterson

    John Peterson

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Liberal Arts Education; Art Versus Commerce; Literacy Narratives; Public Schools; Social/Racial Justice; Consumer Culture; Music & Film; Technology & Learning; Public Policy

  • Sarah Pittock

    Sarah Pittock

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Writing Across the Curriculum; Writing In the Disciplines; Tutoring Pedagogy; Rhetoric of Children's Culture; 18th-Century Studies

  • Emily Polk

    Emily Polk

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Facilitation and Mobilization of Social Movements in the Digital and Public Spheres; Communication of Community-Led Responses to Climate Change; the Role and Impact of Scholar Activism; Participatory Research; Rhetoric of Sustainability and Resiliency; Rhetoric of Global and Local Development

  • Emily Katherine Rials

    Emily Katherine Rials

    Lecturer

    BioEmily Rials is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Cornell University; her ongoing research focuses on the intersections of narrative theory, book history, and feminist and disability studies, especially in twentieth-century and contemporary fiction. She is currently working on a revision of her dissertation, which examines how components like punctuation and page spacing shape the representations of embodiment in modernist and contemporary novels.

    Emily received her B.A. in English from Stanford, so she is delighted to be returning to the university to teach "Stories Everywhere," "Healing, Illness, and Stories," and "Reading the Body" in the 2018-19 school year. When she isn't teaching, reading, or writing, Emily can usually be found crafting handmade books and tinkering with her tabletop printing press.

  • Rebecca Richardson

    Rebecca Richardson

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: The Rhetoric of Inspiration and Self-Help; Nineteenth-Century British Literature; Environmental Studies; The Medical Humanities; Expressive Writing and Self-Reflection

  • Kim Savelson

    Kim Savelson

    Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Design Thinking for Writing & Research; Science and Health Communication; Storytelling; Creativity Studies; Innovation Across the Disciplines

  • Tesla Schaeffer

    Tesla Schaeffer

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: 20th Century Rhetoric and Literature; Trauma Studies; Theories of Affect and Emotion; Rhetorics of the Academy; Composition Pedagogy

  • Selby Wynn Schwartz

    Selby Wynn Schwartz

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Gender Studies; Queer & Trans studies; Dance Studies; Performance Studies; Human Rights; Politics of Mass Incarceration; Early Cinema; Italian Transfeminism; Public Art

  • Timothy Sorg

    Timothy Sorg

    Lecturer

    BioTim is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. In academic year 2020-2021, he is teaching THINK49: Stories Everywhere in the Fall, THINK54: 100,000 Years of War in the Winter, and then on leave in the Spring. He received his B.A. in History from Oregon State University in 2010, his M.A. in Classics from Stanford University in 2011, his M.A. in History from Cornell University in 2014, and his Ph.D in History from Cornell University in 2018. Before Stanford, he taught courses at Cornell and Oregon State on a range of topics in history, including empires in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean worlds, Greek political philosophy, war and democracy in Greece and Rome, and the history of science. His research focuses on how participatory city-states created empires in the ancient Mediterranean world.

    His current book project, titled "Citizen Settlers: How Land Distribution Shaped the Ancient Origins of Western Empires," is a story of how the idea of territorial empire developed simultaneously in multiple corners of the Mediterranean basin and why the Roman approach, rather than any of its contemporaries, became synonymous with empire in the West. He argues that Roman land distribution shaped the ancient origins of Western empires not because the Romans were the most efficient imperialists, as political theorists going back to Machiavelli have assumed, but because their rival empires at Athens and Syracuse distributed land for other purposes besides territorial control. The book follows the people of land distribution to retell and explain the wider history of ancient Mediterranean empires. The story revolves around people who were citizens and foreigners, settlers and dispossessed, generals and craftsmen: it was their movement that gave each empire its shape. Drawing on broader debates in political geography, macroeconomics, and environmental ecology, Citizen Settlers shows how ancient Mediterranean empires are best distinguished in the way citizens used land distribution to organize and place value on human capital—all the skills, crafts, and specialization people brought with them as they moved across each empire and in and out of each citizen society. Using archaeological case studies to test how land distribution reorganized, concentrated, and displaced people within each empire, we learn that, over time, the Roman approach made for the most effective empire, which allowed it to survive and shape Western conceptions of territorial empire. But we also learn that Rome was effective by accident.

    In his next book project, tentatively titled "Citizens of Some Other Place: Longing and Belonging in Classical Greece," he will explore all that it meant to be a foreigner in classical Greece--as merchants, entrepreneurs, exiles, refugees, and colonists. Hid research will begin in the centers of the Greek world, at Athens and Sparta, but also take me to colonies in the western Mediterranean, federations on the mainland, and emporia in the northern Aegean. He will consider how Greeks thought about other Greeks and also how Greeks thought about non-Greek-speaking “barbarians” from northern Africa, the Middle East, and beyond. He will ask what it means for people to prize and defend the dignity of their fellow citizens but then not extend that sense of dignity to people from outside their community. In other words, does robbing someone of their ability to feel “at home” also rob them of their dignity? He will also test how different kinds of governments—democracies, oligarchies, and monarchies—welcomed and restricted foreigners in different ways, challenging common assumptions about the relationships between democracy, openness, and nativism.

  • Jennifer Stonaker

    Jennifer Stonaker

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Electronic Portfolios; Science Communication; Science Storytelling

  • Lisa Marie Swan

    Lisa Marie Swan

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Composition Pedagogy; Equity; Faculty Professional Development

  • Kathleen Tarr

    Kathleen Tarr

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Jurisprudence; Limits of Human Intelligence; Strategic Planning in International Relations and Governments; Global Economy; and Equal Employment Opportunity in the Entertainment Industry

  • Gregory Watkins

    Gregory Watkins

    Lecturer

    BioGreg has taught in Structured Liberal Education (SLE) since 2002. He has a BA in Social Theory (a self-designed major) from Stanford, with Honors in Humanities, an MFA in Film Production from UCLA, and a dual PhD in Religious Studies and Humanities from Stanford, also from Stanford. Greg's research interests hover around the intersection of film and religion, and he continues to work on a variety of film projects.

  • Roberta Wolfson

    Roberta Wolfson

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests20th and 21st Century Multiethnic U.S. Literatures, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Racial and Social Justice, Ethnofuturist Speculative Fiction, Popular U.S. Culture, Risk and Security Studies

  • Cassie Wright

    Cassie Wright

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Writing Program Administration; Assessment; and Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis and Rhetorical Studies

  • Irena Yamboliev

    Irena Yamboliev

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Literature and Culture of 19th- and 20th-Century Britain; Aesthetics; Narrative Theory; Science and its Rhetoric; Color Theory; Digital Humanities; Writing Pedagogy; Queer Theory