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Faculty & Lecturers

Faculty

Cécile Alduy

Associate Professor, Former CMEMS Director (2010-2013)
French and Italian
renaissance, poetry, gender, National Identity

Keith Baker

Professor, Director, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
History
intellectual history and the history of political culture, the French Revolution, history of science

Vincent Barletta

Associate Professor
Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Portuguese literature and culture of the medieval and early modern periods within a comparative framework, with an emphasis on poetry, early European imperial expansion into Africa and Asia, and Renaissance Humanism

John Bender

Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies
English
Literature and society in the 18th-century; comparative study of literature and the visual arts: sociology of literature; literary theory; science and literature

Karol Berger

Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts
Music
History of music aesthetics and theory, Austro-German Music from 1700 to 1900, vocal polyphony from 1400 to 1600

Terry Castle

Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities
English
The English novel; Richardson; Defoe; Fielding; 18th-century women authors; 20th-century British women's writing; the First World War; feminist theory; Freud; gay and lesbian literature

Giovanna Ceserani

Associate Professor
Classics
the classical tradition with an emphasis on the intellectual history of classical scholarship, historiography and archaeology from the eighteenth century onward, the role that Hellenism and Classics played in the shaping of modernity, how the questions we ask of the classical past originate in specific modern cultural, social and political contexts

David Como

Associate Professor
History
early modern British history, puritanism, politics, English Revolution, history of print

Graciela De Pierris

Associate Professor
Philosophy
Historical Topics in Epistemology, especially Hume and Kant; also Frege, Wittgenstein, and Quine; skepticism and naturalism

Dan Edelstein

William H. Bonsall Professor of French, Chair, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
French and Italian
The Encyclopédie, antiquarianism, Orientalism, natural right, the French Revolution, the Idéologues, political mythology, and structuralism

Paula Findlen

Chair, Department of History, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History, Director of the Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Director, SIMILE Program
History

Charlotte Fonrobert

Associate Professor
Religious Studies

James Fox

Associate Professor
Anthropology
linguistic anthropology, historical linguistics, language and culture, the biology and evolution of language, Maya writing and culture, linguistic fieldwork

Michael Friedman

Suppes Professor of Philosophy of Science
Philosophy
Kant, Philosophy of Science, History of Twentieth Century Philosophy, including the interaction between philosophy and the exact sciences from Kant through the logical empiricists, prospects for post-Kuhnian philosophy of science in light of these developments, and the relationship between analytic and continental traditions in the early twentieth century

Marisa Galvez

CMEMS Co-Director
French and Italian
the troubadours, vernacular poetics, the intersection of performance and literary cultures, and the critical history of medieval studies as a discipline

Denise Gigante

Professor
English
aesthetics, Poetic Form, Life Writing, the English Essay Tradition, Taste, Gastronomy, Life Science

Roland Greene

Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Comparative Literature
Renaissance culture, especially the literatures of England, Latin Europe, and the transatlantic world, and of poetry and poetics from the sixteenth century to the present

Avner Greif

Bowman Family Endowed Professor
Economics
European economic history, the historical development of economic institutions, their interrelations with political, social and cultural factors and their impact on economic growth, institutional development and economic growth in pre-modern Europe, coercion and markets

Fiona Griffiths

CMEMS Co-Director
History

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Chair of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature
Comparative Literature
medieval, French, German, and (to a lesser extent) Italian literatures since the Renaissance; Argentinian and Brazilian literatures in the 19th and 20th centuries; Aesthetics; History of Ideas, history of scholarship, the aesthetics of sport

Heather Hadlock

Associate Professor
Music
XVIIIth and XIXth century French and Italian opera, music and literature, feminist criticism and gender studies, French Romanticism

Paul Harrison

George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies, Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies
Religious Studies
Buddhist literature and history, especially that of the Mahayana, and the study of Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan. Currently working on editions and translations of a number of Mahayana and Mainstream Buddhist sutras, including the Vajracchedika (Diamond Sutra), as well as a general study of issues of authority, textual transmission and innovation in Mahayana Buddhism.

Robert Harrison

Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature
French and Italian
Italian lyric, Dante Alighieri, Vico, Phenomenology, literary theory

Blair Hoxby

Professor
English
Milton, the English Civil Wars, the Restoration, Renaissance and Enlightenment theater, tragedy and tragic theory, early opera, and performance theory

Amalia D. Kessler

Jean-Paul Gimon Director of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Law School
The evolution of commercial law and civil procedure, the roots of modern market culture and presnt-day process norms, origins of American adversarial legal culture, history of equity procedure

Alexander Key

Assistant Professor
Comparative Literature
Ragib al-Isfahani, Arabic philosophy of language, literary and intellectual history of the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh century

Nancy Kollmann

William H. Bonsall Professor of History
History
Intersection of political practice and social values in early modern Russia (XVth-XVIIIth centuries), legal culture in Muscovy and XVIIIth century Russia, the Petrine Revolution, concepts and practices of honor, mechanisms of social integration and stability in early modern Russia

Mark Lewis

Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture
History
China in the late pre-imperial, early imperial and middle periods, the problem of empire as a political and social form

David Lummus

Assistant Professor
French and Italian
Italian and Latin Literature of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Medieval and Renaissance Exegesis, Renaissance Humanism, Poetry and Politics, Defenses of Poetry, classical reception, Mythography, Giovanni Boccaccio, Francesco Petrarca, Dante Alighieri

Ivan Lupic

Assistant Professor
English
British Literature, shakespeare, Milton, literary criticism/theory, literature and philosophy, gay and lesbian studies

William Mahrt

Associate Professor, Director, Early Music Singers
Music
theory and performance of Medieval and Renaissance music, Medieval studies, troubadours, Machaut, Dufay, Lasso, Dante, English Cathedrals, Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony

Michael Marrinan

Professor
Art and Art History
European art from XVIIth to XIXth century, vision and visuality, limits of narration, construction of cultural power through visual media

Reviel Netz

Professor
Classics
The history of pre-modern mathematics, the history of cognitive practices, e.g. visual culture, the history of the book, and literacy and numeracy.

Stephen Orgel

Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in Humanities
English
shakespeare, Renaissance theater, history of the book, mythology and iconology

David Palumbo-Liu

Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor
Comparative Literature
social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, East Asian and Asia Pacific American studies, and classical Chinese literature, and has subsequently worked in the areas of ethnic studies, Pacific Rim studies, and social theory

Grant Parker

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Classics
Classics
Latin, the exotic and geographic elements of Roman imperial culture, classical reception

Patricia Parker

Margery Bailey Professor in English or Dramatic Literature
English
Shakespeare; comparative early modern studies; feminism; race

Bissera Pentcheva

Associate Professor
Art and Art History
phenomenology and aesthetics, architectural psychoacoustics, performance and ritual, medieval image theory, Iconoclasm, cult of the Mother of God

Barbara Pitkin

Senior Lecturer
Religious Studies
The history of Christian thought, with a particular emphasis on the religious developments in late medieval and early modern Europe, sixteenth-century reformations, the history of biblical interpretation, women and religion.

Jack Rakove

William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies
History
origins of the American Revolution, creation of a national polity and government between the early 1770s and 1800, origins of the Constitution and the early history of its interpretation, political ideas and career of James Madison

Jessica Riskin

Professor
History
Enlightenment science, politics and culture and the history of scientific explanation

Jesse Rodin

Associate Professor
Music
Josquin des Prez and his contemporaries; Franco-Flemish polyphony of the 15th century; music in Renaissance Rome; performance of medieval and Renaissance music; musical notation; Jewish music

Nancy Ruttenburg

William Robertson Coe Professor in American Literature
English

Londa Schiebinger

John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Director, EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment Project
History
the gender and science puzzle: the history of women's participation in science; the structure of scientific institutions; and the gendering of human knowledge

Krish Seetah

Assistant Professor
Anthropology
Archaeology of colonialism and colonisation; medieval crusading in Northern Europe; Venetian Republican expansion in the Adriatic; post-medieval globalisation in the IOW; zooarchaeology, food culture

Eleanor Selfridge-Field

Consulting Professor
Music
music (especially opera and instrumental music) from 1585 to 1825, Venetian history and culture, computer theories of music and music representation, musical data as intellectual property

Matthew Sommer

Professor
History
sexuality, gender relations, and law during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), legal cases from central and local archives in China

Carolyn Springer

Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature
French and Italian
Renaissance and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history

Kathryn Starkey

Director, Department of German Studies, Former CMEMS Director (2013-2016)
German Studies
medieval and early modern German literature and culture with an emphasis on visuality, material culture, language, performativity, and the history of the book

Laura Stokes

Associate Professor
History
witchcraft, judicial torture, social history of greed, social control

Melinda Takeuchi

Professor
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Early Modern Japanese painting, Warrior culture, Ukiyoe (especially actors and shini-e), Horses in Japanese art

Elaine Treharne

Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, Former CMEMS Director (2013-2016)
English
Old and Middle English Literature; Saints' Lives; Manuscript Studies; History of the Book, especially handmade books and the study of palaeography

Blakey Vermuele

Professor
English
18th-century British literature; Romanticism; critical theory; cognitive approaches to literature; the history of the novel

Richard Vinograd

Christensen Fund Professor In Asian Art
Art and Art History
Chinese portraiture, landscape painting and cultural formations, painting aesthetics and theory, urban cultural spaces

Richard White

Margaret Byrne Professor of American History
History
railroads in North America in the XIXth century, spatial history

William Whobrey

Associate Dean and Director, Stanford Summer Session
German Studies
medieval and early modern German literature and culture

Kären Wigen

Frances and Charles Field Professor
History
Historical geography of East Asia, early modernity in Japan, regional economies and rhetorics, geographies of the imagination

Caroline Winterer

Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Director, Stanford Humanities Center
History
America and its transatlantic contexts, history of scholarship, books, reading, libraries, and education, history of art and material culture

Allen Wood

Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor
Philosophy
History of modern philosophy, especially Kant and German idealism, and chiefly in the areas of ethics and social and political philosophy

Ali Yaycioglu

Assistant Professor
History
The Ottoman Empire; Empires, Elites, and Communities in the Early Modern World; History of Economic and Legal institutions in the Islamic World; The Enlightenment and Orientalism

Lee H. Yearley

Professor
Religious Studies
Comparative religious ethics, virtue theory, selected Christian thinkers, classical Chinese thought

Yiqun Zhou

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Chinese and comparative women’s history, Early Chinese literature and history, Chinese and English fiction (1600-1900, China-Greece comparative studies

Lecturer

Jeffrey Bihr

Lecturer
Drama

Rima Greenhill

Senior Lecturer in Russian
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Trade and diplomatic relations between England and Russia under the Tudors and Stuarts

Anthony Martin

Lecturer
Music

Herbert Myers

Curator, Harry R. Lange Historical Collection of Musical Instruments and Bows
Music

Researcher

art and architecture of the Muslim World, focusing on trans-cultural interactions in the Middle Ages, the appropriation of Byzantine elements into Islamic architecture, the transfer and authentication of relics in East and West, historical photographs of architecture and urban spaces

Patrick Hunt

Lecturer in Stanford Continuing Studies, Associate, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
archaeometry, Art History, medieval, renaissance

Library Staff

Benjamin Albritton

Computing Info Systems Analyst
Libraries

John Mustain

Rare Book Librarian, Classics Bibliographer
Libraries

Kathleen Smith

Curator, Germanic Collections & Medieval Studies
Libraries

Sarah Sussman

Curator, French and Italian, Head, International and Area Studies Resource Group
Libraries

Michael Widner

Academic Technology Specialist
Libraries
Genre theory, Cognitive literary theory, Embodiment

Emeriti

Ted Andersson

Professor
German Studies
Medieval Germanic and Scandinavian Literature, sagas, especially Icelandic

Jean-Marie Apostolidès

Professor
French and Italian
French classical literature (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and drama, avant-garde artistic movements such as dada, surrealism, and situationist international, the theory of image, literary theory, and Francophone literature.

Carl Bielefeldt

Professor
East Asian Buddhism, with particular emphasis on the intellectual history of the Zen tradition; co-editor of the Soto Zen Text Project

Helen Brooks

Senior Lecturer
John Donne, interdisciplinarity, new historicism; literature and the advent of mathematical perspective and the modern scientific method of inquiry; reception theory (including cognitive studies and the neurosciences), gender studies, evolutionary theory and literature, modern poetry and drama

George Brown

Professor
Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Latin literature, history, theology, and manuscripts, resulting in articles and essays on Beowulf, Old English verse, Bede, and Alcuin

Carolyn Lougee Chappell

Frances and Charles Field Professor in History
History
xHuguenot emigration at the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, autobiography, education of girls in early modern France

Larry Friedlander

Professor
Shakespeare; Drama, Performance Practice and Theory; Ethics and Tragedy;Literature of fantasy and science fiction; technology and education

George Houle

Professor
performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, seventeenth century notation, meter, and tempo

Mark Mancall

Professor
history, religions, cultures of central and southeast Asia, Buddhist social and political theory

John Perry

Professor
Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

David Riggs

Professor
Shakespeare; Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; Jonson; Marlowe

Orrin (Rob) Robinson

Professor
German Studies
Germanic linguistics, theoretical phonology, the history and dialectology of various of the Germanic languages, and Old High German syntax, linguistic aspects of the Grimms' fairy tales

Paul Seaver

Professor

Bryan Wolf

Professor
Art and Art History
art of the United States, art and literature, history of, race and ethnicity, American Studies

Rega Wood

Professor