Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


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  • Emily Katherine Rials

    Emily Katherine Rials

    Lecturer

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

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

  • Rebecca Richardson

    Rebecca Richardson

    Lecturer

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

  • Kim Savelson

    Kim Savelson

    Advanced Lecturer

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

  • Tesla Schaeffer

    Tesla Schaeffer

    Lecturer

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

  • Selby Wynn Schwartz

    Selby Wynn Schwartz

    Lecturer

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

  • Timothy Sorg

    Timothy Sorg

    Lecturer

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

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

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

  • Jennifer Stonaker

    Jennifer Stonaker

    Advanced Lecturer

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

  • Lisa Marie Swan

    Lisa Marie Swan

    Lecturer

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

  • 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

    Lecturer

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

  • Cassie Wright

    Cassie Wright

    Lecturer

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

  • Irena Yamboliev

    Irena Yamboliev

    Lecturer

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