Petra Dierkes-Thrun is Associate Director of Public Service and Inclusion and Diversity Education (directing the Emerson Fellowship Program) as well as a Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford.
Passionate about literature, culture and interdisciplinary relationships among the arts culture (including visual arts, opera, dance, early film) of the 1880s-1920s, specifically Oscar Wilde and his circle as well as “forgotten” women writers and artists of the period. Expert in feminist and LGBTQ Studies, history and theory of genders and sexualities, digital pedagogy, and community-engaged teaching and learning in the humanities (Cardinal Service). Adroit at interdisciplinary and community-engaged teaching and learning as well as higher education administration, strategic initiatives, and academic leadership. Fluent in German (native speaker); French; Latin; Ancient Greek.