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  • Christine Alfano

    Christine Alfano

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

  • Angela Becerra Vidergar

    Angela Becerra Vidergar

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

  • Kimberly Beil

    Kimberly Beil

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies

    BioDr. Beil is a scholar of visual culture, with an emphasis on the history of photography. Her research concentrates on the ways in which photographic techniques are made to represent subjective experience. Current projects focus on popular uses of photography in the postwar United States, including an exploration of color photographs of modern architecture, as well as a study of the use of blur in automotive advertising.

  • Shaleen Brawn

    Shaleen Brawn

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Tessa Rose Brown

    Tessa Rose Brown

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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.

  • Marie Elizabeth Burks

    Marie Elizabeth Burks

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioMarie Burks is a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University. She received her PhD in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society from MIT in 2017. She holds a BA from Harvard University, where she majored in History and Science.

    Marie’s research and teaching interests lie in U.S. history, the history of science, and intellectual history. Her dissertation examines how certain social scientists working in American universities conceptualized social conflict in the decades following World War II. It is a study in the politics of knowledge, asking what it meant for academic social scientists to theorize about conflict in an era of purported consensus.

    Marie has taught courses in history, history of science, and science and technology studies at MIT and Harvard. At Stanford, she teaches “THINK 61: Living with Viruses” and “THINK 60: American Enemies.”

  • Justin Leonard Clardy

    Justin Leonard Clardy

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioMy Ph.D. is in Philosophy with specializations in Ethics and Social & Political Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Currently, my research focuses on normative questions that arise within the contexts of interpersonal relationships and political theories.

    As a researcher, I am advancing two active research projects ethics and social & political philosophy. The first project, in ethics is in the philosophy of love and contributes to a diversity in academic research because the philosophy of love has historically been passed over by analytic philosophers. I've develop an account of love that centers on value. To love is to value your partner(s) and your relationship with your partner(s) in a way that provides you with reason for action. I apply this relationship theory to normative questions that arise in the contexts of interpersonal relationship such as the nature of love, the obligations between current and ex lovers, polyamory, emotional affairs, and the role that tenderness plays in fulfilling our special obligations.

    The second project reconceptualizes love in a broader narrative on public emotions and social justice. It aims to foster the emotion of civic tenderness for people and groups who are vulnerable throughout our society. I consider how attitudes of indifference pose a challenge to the extension of civic compassion. Insofar as we are indifferent to others who are in situations of need, we tend to be less compassionate towards them. I develop an analytic framework for the public emotion of Civic Tenderness to combat indifference toward people who are vulnerable before the American Criminal Justice System and the American economy. Civic tenderness is an orientation of concern that is generated for people and groups that occupy vulnerable positions in our society. Whereas compassion is a response to a situation of suffering, tenderness is a response to a situation of vulnerability. Insofar as occupying a situation of suffering implies having been vulnerable to occupying that position, vulnerability is prior to suffering and tenderness is prior to compassion.

    As a teacher, I believe in creating an intimate philosophical learning environment where people learn to be more caring toward one another as fellow citizens. In this environment, people grow familiar with and come to appreciate the central concerns of human existence, the importance of critical thinking and effective communication, and their roles as responsible citizens in a democratic society like our own. If we can learn how to encounter and appreciate differences in this environment, then we have learned something important about treating each other with care.

    As a public intellectual, I facilitate a community focused reading group called PAGES Reading Group and I have appeared in interviews and am a regular contributor to writing venues that are open and accessible to the public.

  • Tara Diener

    Tara Diener

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Rhetoric of Performance; Multimodal Presentation; Devised Theatre; Art and Technology

  • Huw Duffy

    Huw Duffy

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsHuw works on the history of Ancient Greek philosophy. His current research focuses on Plato's philosophical methodology and his conception of political skill or expertise, as well as Aristotle's critical response to Plato's ideas. He is especially interested in how Plato answered the following questions: 'What methods should we employ, and what assumptions about reality must we make, in order to successfully discover important, objective truths about controversial subjects such as politics?' and 'What does a person need to know in order to govern well, and to what extent can this knowledge be written down in a code of laws?' While Plato's answers to these questions, and to a certain extent the questions themselves, seem deeply foreign to us, Huw hopes that studying them will help us better understand our own assumptions about the nature and limits of philosophy and political thought.

  • Samah Elbelazi

    Samah Elbelazi

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Art-based Research, Rhetoric and TESOL, Narrative Inquiry, Islamic Feminism

  • Erik Ellis

    Erik Ellis

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Norah Fahim

    Norah Fahim

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Nicole Mara Gounalis

    Nicole Mara Gounalis

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioNicole serves as a Thinking Matters Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Italian, with a Ph.D. minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, from Stanford in June 2017. Her research focuses on the interplay of art, culture, and politics in Italy from the early twentieth-century to the present. Nicole is currently working on a book-length adaptation of her dissertation, which offers an alternative intellectual history of the politically-engaged works of neorealist film and literature that emerged in Italy post-WWII. The project examines the reintroduction of politics into mass culture through the lens of the Futurist historical avant-garde and Antonio Gramsci’s approach to aesthetics. Prior to joining Thinking Matters, she taught extensively at Stanford and at Notre Dame de Namur University. When not teaching, reading, or writing, she can usually be found at the movies, swimming laps, or volunteering with a local cat rescue organization.

  • Alexander Greenhough

    Alexander Greenhough

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Sean Russell Hallowell

    Sean Russell Hallowell

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    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.

  • Andrew Hammann

    Andrew Hammann

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    Kristyn Nicole Mahealani Hara

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    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.

  • Arturo Heredia

    Arturo Heredia

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Shannon Hervey

    Shannon Hervey

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies

    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.

  • Donna Hunter

    Donna Hunter

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Jennifer Johnson

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

  • Melissa Ko

    Melissa Ko

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioMelissa Ko earned an S.B. in biology from MIT and a PhD in cancer biology from Stanford University. Her research aims to develop novel computational pipelines to make sense of the deluge of single-cell high-dimensional data collected by biologists. Using visualizations and modeling, Melissa reveals mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer and identifies more effective treatment combinations. During her graduate career, Melissa received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, Stanford’s Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, and the National Cancer Institute F99/K00 Fellowship. Melissa has taught computational and cancer biology workshops at Stanford University as well as general biology at Foothill College. As a Thinking Matters Fellow, Melissa teaches THINK 3: Breaking Codes, Finding Patterns, THINK 61: Living with Viruses, and THINK 23: The Cancer Problem: Causes, Treatments, and Prevention.

    In addition, Melissa has been involved with numerous educational outreach programs including the Splash program at MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. Through these programs and related efforts, she has taught middle school and high school students in a variety of subjects, from cancer biology to personal finance to poetry. Melissa is dedicated to improving the experience of underrepresented students in all STEM disciplines. She served as a mentor and program leader for numerous Stanford Bioscience programs including SSRP and ADVANCE. Through prior work with Stanford’s Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Melissa has also developed diversity and inclusion content for instructors of in-person, online, and hybrid format classes.

    Outside of work, Melissa enjoys cooking, playing video games, reading poetry, and going on walks in the park.

  • Alison Grace Laurence

    Alison Grace Laurence

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    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 dissertation, “Afterlives of Extinction: The Politics of Display in the Modern United States,” traced how popular exhibitions transformed dinosaurs and other creatures of deep time from scientific specimens to consumer objects, artifacts of everyday American life, and usable pasts that serve the present. 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 2019-20 academic year, she is teaching "Stories Everywhere," "100,000 Years of War," and "Preventing Human Extinction."

  • Hsiao-Shih Lee

    Hsiao-Shih Lee

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Katherine J Lennard

    Katherine J Lennard

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioKatherine Lennard is a cultural historian working to understand how objects and images shaped the ways that Americans understood race, gender, and other categories of identity in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research and teaching practices both center on questions of how individuals, situated in a particular time and place, understand their position in larger social, economic, and political systems through their engagement with consumer goods and the material world. She received a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2017), an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.F.A. in Costume Design from The Theatre School of DePaul University. She has received funding from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation; The Institute for Humanities, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, both at the University of Michigan; and a Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program of Imagining America.

    Her current manuscript project is a material history of Ku Klux Klan regalia in the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on the industrial manufacture and national distribution of this powerful tool of racial violence. Outside of work, Katherine is passionate about contemporary art, collecting rocks, and finding new ways to cook all the vegetables in her CSA. She also does freelance historical research for costume designers working in television and film.

  • Helen Piserchio

    Helen Piserchio

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Nicole Martin

    Nicole Martin

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    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.”

  • Kevin C. Moore

    Kevin C. Moore

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    BioKevin C. Moore teaches rhetoric and writing. Prior to arriving at Stanford, he taught as a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2013-2019). He holds a PhD in English from UCLA (2013), and a MA in English from the University of Arizona. His research interests include the rhetoric of creativity, writer’s block, the Holocaust, propaganda studies, and Ralph Ellison. Dr. Moore's work has appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Composition Studies, Writing on the Edge, MAKE, Souciant, and the Santa Barbara Independent, as well as a number of edited collections. He also writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and film reviews.

  • Gabrielle Moyer

    Gabrielle Moyer

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Tiffany Naiman

    Tiffany Naiman

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    BioTiffany received her PhD in Musicology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. She also holds master's degrees in African American Studies and Musicology, and a BA in American Literature and Culture (magna cum laude), all from UCLA. Tiffany is currently a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University, where she teaches in the courses “Stories Everywhere,” “Worlds of Sound: Learning to Listen,” and “Reading the Body: How Medicine and Culture Define the Self.”

    A recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dissertation Year Fellowship and holder of graduate certificates in Digital Humanities and Experimental Critical Theory, Tiffany is a scholar of popular music, temporality, and disability studies with secondary specializations in gender, voice, and media studies. Tiffany is currently working on a monograph, Singing at Death's Door, which aims to expand understandings of untimely existences by examining musical and cultural responses to illness, disability, and dying. Tiffany is also known for her work on David Bowie, which can be found in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (2015), Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory (2015), Blackstar/Purple Reign (2018).

    Along with her musicological work, Tiffany is a DJ, electronic music composer, and award winning documentary film producer. Her film projects over the past five years have been screened worldwide in festivals, at art museums, in theaters, and have been released digitally. The films include Welcome to My Daydream (2018), Bight of the Twin (2016), The Glamour & The Squalor (2015), Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014), Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War (2013), and The Mechanical Bride (2012). She also curates films for the experimental sections of Outfest Los Angeles and New Fest NYC.

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    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.”

  • Joey Nelson

    Joey Nelson

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI investigate how reactions between aqueous solutions and Earth materials alter the environment around us and beneath our feet. Mineral surfaces comprise most of the area available for chemical reactions with water in soils and aquifers. Although there is a finite set of reaction types that can occur between minerals and below-ground fluids containing metals and organic molecules, large discrepancies are commonly observed between lab-based experiments and field measurements of concentrations and reaction rates. To eliminate such field-lab discrepancies, a deeper understanding of fundamentals governing groundwater transport and geochemical reactions between mineral surfaces and subsurface fluids is needed, especially at the nanoscale and disordered surfaces. My research probes environmentally- and societally-relevant geochemical reactions that occur at the fluid-mineral interface, with unique attention to the 3-dimensional region surrounding reaction components at this interface. I employ bench-top experiments, spectroscopy, isotope geochemistry, and geochemical and hydrological modeling to elucidate how fluid transport and surface properties affect transition metal adsorption, isotopic fractionation, redox reactions, and release and storage of natural and anthropogenic contaminants. Such research provides insight into complex hydrogeochemical networks and data for constructing increasingly accurate models of contaminant remediation, climatic and hydrogeologic processes, nutrient transport, and natural resource formation.

  • Ashley Newby

    Ashley Newby

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    BioAshley is currently a lecturer in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric. She earned a B.A. in International Relations, and a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University, her M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University, and her PhD in African American and African Studies from Michigan State University with a certificate in Urban Education. Her current research focuses on moving Hip-Hop Education Pedagogy beyond “urban” education to how it can be used by all teachers with all students.

  • Miles Osgood

    Miles Osgood

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies

    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 Sarah Paige

    Kirsten Sarah Paige

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioI am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, where I lead undergraduate courses in music and the humanities. At Stanford, I am also affiliated with the Woods Institute for the Environment.

    I previously taught at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California, Berkeley, where I completed my Ph.D. in Music History and Literature in 2018. Before coming to Berkeley, I earned an M.Phil. in Music from the University of Cambridge (2012) and A.B. in Music from the University of Chicago (2011).

    My work demonstrates how cultural and material histories of climate and the environment shaped music, sound, and media cultures and their politics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special attention to Germany and to global historiographies. My teaching and research investments more broadly encompass opera and theater studies; sound studies; media studies, especially media history and theory; the history, culture, and politics of climate, climate change, and the Anthropocene; posthumanism and new materialism; philosophies of technology; discourses of race, ethnicity, and alterity, including postcolonial and subaltern studies; and the history of ethics. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including European Romantic Review, The Cambridge Opera Journal, and The Opera Quarterly.

  • Eldon Pei

    Eldon Pei

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

  • Lupita Ruiz-Jones

    Lupita Ruiz-Jones

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioLupita Ruiz-Jones is a teaching and research fellow. She teaches critical thinking in the sciences to freshman in the Thinking Matters program. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2009 and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Stanford University in 2016. Her current research is based in Hawai'i where she is leading a collaboration with the lab of Dr. Ruth Gates. The study is focused on investigating coral genetic diversity across an environmental mosaic. When she is not teaching or doing science, Lupita thoroughly enjoys traveling, culture, art, and being in nature.

  • Kim Savelson

    Kim Savelson

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Timothy Sorg

    Timothy Sorg

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioTim is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program, where he will be teaching THINK51: The Spirit of Democracy, THINK54: 100,000 Years of War, and THINK47: Inventing Government in academic year 2018-2019. 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 "Foreigners in the Classical Greek World: Between Citizen and Slave," he will explore all that it meant to be a foreigner in classical Greece--as merchants, entrepreneurs, exiles, refugees, and colonists. His research will begin in the centers of the Greek world, at Athens and Sparta, but also take him to colonies in the western Mediterranean, federations on the mainland, and emporia in the northern Aegean.

  • Ruth Starkman

    Ruth Starkman

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsEthics, classical rhetoric, computer science, biomedical education, women, first gens, minorities in higher education and STEM fields, machine learning, logic, political philosophy.

  • Jennifer Stonaker

    Jennifer Stonaker

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Lisa Marie Swan

    Lisa Marie Swan

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Barna Szasz

    Barna Szasz

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies

    BioBarna Szász is a Budapest-born filmmaker and video-journalist specialized in the young genre of online videos. Starting out as a video-journalist at the largest Hungarian news magazine, Index.hu, he later became the leader of the video team for the portal that has 1 million visitors a day.

    From the 1-minute Instagram videos to the 25-minutes-long short documentaries he believes that online videos are the best tools to affect today's society. Being able to reach millions of people Barna’s passion is to inspire viewers with personally engaging stories, and to make society better by presenting social-political issues and problems that would not reach newer generations through traditional media.

    From more than 200 videos that he has produced in his country his face is most known for the one where he ran faster than the tube in Budapest, but his most popular works are when he dealt with social topics: More than 400,000 people watched when he took anti-refugee hate-commenters to meet actual refugees, and 13,000 shared We Don’t Exist, his semi-documentaristic short film about how the Hungarian government manipulates the statistics of poverty in the country. Over the years he won the Media for Talents award and the Hegeto Honorka award for presenting issues of the socially disadvantaged.

    In 2016, he cofounded the Video Journalism certificate program at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest, and from 2017 he is a Fulbright Student pursuing his MFA in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University.

  • Justin Tackett

    Justin Tackett

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, English

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI specialize in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British and American literature, with a focus on sound studies, technology, urban spaces, and poetry. I'm particularly interested in Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, John Clare, Stephen Crane, and Virginia Woolf.

    Dissertation Committee: Roland Greene (chair), Sianne Ngai, and Claire Jarvis

  • Kathleen Tarr

    Kathleen Tarr

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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, Stanford Introductory Studies

    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.

  • Cassie Wright

    Cassie Wright

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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

  • Irena Yamboliev

    Irena Yamboliev

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    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

  • Yanshuo Zhang

    Yanshuo Zhang

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    BioI received my Ph.D. in Chinese Literature and Culture from Stanford University in 2018. Prior to that, I obtained my BA in English and French (summa cum laude) from St. Catherine University in Minnesota. An interdisciplinary and multicultural scholar and teacher, I research about modern Chinese literature and culture, particularly their intersections with historical questions and anthropological methodologies. My dissertation is titled "Beyond Minority: Ethnicity, Modernity, and the Invention of the Qiang Identity in China." As a winner of two prestigious awards, my dissertation looks into how ethnic minority literatures and cultures help diversify our understanding of China and "Chinese-ness" in various literary, historiographical, and ethnographical forms. My research broadly addresses how the Chinese minority experience enhances the scholarly understanding of global indigenous cultures: minority and indigenous groups are eagerly re-making their identities and claiming their cultural rights against the trends of homogenization and industrialization plaguing global modernity.

    My teaching interests are in line with my research passions: I design and teach courses with a cross-cultural emphasis and comparative components, such as the PWR seminar "Rhetoric of Beauty Across Cultures." It is my goal to help educate a new generation of students who are truly global citizens capable of embracing different cultures and articulating racial, ethnic, and personal diversities for a more just society. I aspire to help bring forth a better global world with my research, teaching, and creative work, which fuel me intellectually and personally.

    In addition to scholarship and teaching, I am a twice-published creative writer with two collections of short stories, poetry, and essays published. I have also founded Stanford Youth Cultural Exchange Initiative, which is a volunteer student organization at Stanford. As the founding president of this organization, I led many events and programs to serve the multicultural youth and multiracial families in California and beyond. My public service endeavors have been awarded a Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community and the Asian American Women's Leadership Award.

    Two of my Autumn 2018 students, two freshmen at Stanford, will be publishing their research papers from my class at a prestigious national journal called Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media. Another student from my Autumn 2018 seminar "Rhetoric of Beauty Across Cultures" had her research paper selected as a finalist at Stanford's Boothe Prize for Excellence in First-year Writing.