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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

  • Mutallip Anwar

    Mutallip Anwar


    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


    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


    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

    Thing Matter Fellow

    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.”

  • Russ Edward Carpenter

    Russ Edward Carpenter

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsNeuroscience, science communication, improv, brain, scientific posters, multimodal communication, oral presentation

  • Justin Leonard Clardy

    Justin Leonard Clardy

    Thinking Matters Fellow

    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.

  • Collin Closek

    Collin Closek

    Thinking Matters (or TM) Lecturer

    BioI am an Early Career Science Fellow 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


    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

  • Huw Duffy

    Huw Duffy


    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.

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Nicole Mara Gounalis

    Nicole Mara Gounalis

    Thinking Matters Fellow

    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


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

  • Sean Russell Hallowell

    Sean Russell Hallowell

    Thinking Matters Fellow

    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


    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

    Thinking Matters Fellow

    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


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

  • Shannon Hervey

    Shannon Hervey


    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.

  • 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

  • Harriett Virginia-Ann Jernigan

    Harriett Virginia-Ann Jernigan


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

  • Jennifer Johnson

    Jennifer Johnson


    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


    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


    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


    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

    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 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."

  • Raechel Lee

    Raechel Lee


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

  • Katherine J Lennard

    Katherine J Lennard

    Thinking Matters Fellow

    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 Lie

    Helen Lie


    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


    BioKevin C. Moore teaches rhetoric and writing. He holds a PhD in English from UCLA (2013), and an MA in English from the University of Arizona. Prior to arriving at Stanford, he taught as a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2013-2019). His research interests include the rhetoric of creativity, writer’s block, science communication, 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

    Advanced Lecturer

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

  • Tiffany Naiman

    Tiffany Naiman


    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


    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 (, 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


    BioI am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Stanford University. I previously taught at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I received my postgraduate degrees from The University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Music History, 2018), where I held the Alfred Lepawsky Fellowship at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and The University of Cambridge (M.Phil. in Music, 2012), where my studies were supported by fellowships from The British Library, National Sound Archives, and Frank Huntington Beebe Foundation. I received my A.B. in Music History and Theory from The University of Chicago in 2011, where I was a Collegiate Fellow and recipient of two departmental prizes, as well as departmental and general honors.

    I work in and across three research areas: opera; music and the environment; and music and the history of science and technology. My work demonstrates how scientific knowledge reshaped musical practices and aural cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in Germany. I maintain a strong secondary interest in public musicology, particularly in how music and its institutions can respond to today’s most urgent social problems, including climate change and social justice. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including The Cambridge Opera Journal, The Opera Quarterly, The Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and The Journal of the American Musicological Society. I am currently guest-editing a special issue of 19th-c. Music ("Music and the Invention of Environment in the Long Nineteenth Century"), to which I am also contributing work, and am writing a book entitled "Richard Wagner's Political Ecology: Sound, Environment, and the History of Deep Media."

  • Eldon Pei

    Eldon Pei


    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


    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


    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


    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

    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


    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


    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


    BioTim is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. In academic year 2019-2020, he is on leave Fall quarter, then teaching THINK54: 100,000 Years of War and THINK47: Inventing Government. 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: Longing and Belonging 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


    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

    Advanced Lecturer

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

  • Lisa Marie Swan

    Lisa Marie Swan


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

  • Justin Tackett

    Justin Tackett

    Thinking Matters (or TM) Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsJustin Tackett received his PhD in English from Stanford University. He specializes in British and American literature of the long nineteenth century with a focus on science, media, and culture; interdisciplinary and transnational studies; poetry and poetics; sound studies; early film; digital humanities; gender and sexuality; medical humanities; archive, book, and periodical studies. His work has included studies of Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, John Clare, Stephen Crane

  • 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


    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


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

  • Irena Yamboliev

    Irena Yamboliev


    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


    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 dissertation awards, my dissertation looks into how ethnic minority literatures and cultures help diversify our understanding of China and "Chinese-ness" in various literary, visual, 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 scholarly publications have appeared in various journals, including Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Heritage and Society, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, and upcoming in positions: asia critique.

    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.