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R. Lanier Anderson

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2000-01 and 2015-16) is professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University; the Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education; and Co-Director of the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities. He is the author of The Poverty of Conceptual Truth: Kant’s Analytic/Synthetic Distinction and the Limits of Metaphysics (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford and the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford, a university-wide teaching prize.

William Atkins

Executive Vice President and CFO, Calix Inc.

William is executive vice president and CFO of Calix, an NYSE listed telecom and data networking company. Prior to Calix, William was a senior partner at Fairfax Media Partners, a Washington DC area investment and advisory firm. He also served as CFO of Rivada Networks, a provider of mobile emergency communications equipment and services for the homeland security and public safety sectors, and as EVP and CFO of Intelsat, the world’s largest fixed satellite telecommunications services operator. Before joining Intelsat, William held various positions at Morgan Stanley, including head of European telecommunications corporate finance, head of European corporate finance execution, and deputy head of investment banking in Tokyo. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he co-founded the telecommunications investment banking practice at S.G. Warburg. William has an AB in East Asian Studies and an AM in History from Stanford University.

Jayna Brown

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Jayna Brown (SHC Class of 2003-04) is a specialist in black performance and literature in the United States and elsewhere in the African diaspora. She is the author of Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke University Press, 2008), a cultural history of the African-American women who performed in variety shows between 1890 and 1945.
Paula Findlen
Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History
Chair, Department of History, Stanford University

Paula Findlen (Stanford Humanities Center class of 1998-99 and 2011-12) is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and chair of the Department of History at Stanford University. A specialist in the history of the Renaissance, she is the author and editor of numerous books, including the prize-winning Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (University of California Press, 1994) and Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800 (Routledge, 2013). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Getty.

Sally Haslanger

Ford Professor of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include epistemology, feminist theory, metaphysics, and social and political philosophy. She is the author or co-editor of five books, including most recently Critical Theory and Practice [The 2015 Spinoza Lectures] (Koninklijke Van Gorcum, in press). She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Margaret Imber

Associate Professor, Classical & Medieval Studies, Bates College

Margaret Imber (Stanford Humanities Center class of 1995-96) is associate professor in the Department of Classical & Medieval Studies at Bates College. After a career in legal practice as a litigator and assistant U.S. attorney, she received a PhD in Classics from Stanford University with a prize-winning dissertation. A specialist in Roman rhetoric and law, she is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on classical rhetoric.

Roberta Katz
Executive Officer and Director of the Charles and Roberta Katz Family Foundation
Interim Chief of Staff for the President, Stanford University
Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning, Stanford University

Roberta is associate vice president for strategic planning at Stanford University, working since 2004 in the office of the president and assisting with the development and implementation of a variety of new university-wide initiatives as well as the ongoing strategic support of various interdisciplinary endeavors throughout the university. During 2009–10, Katz took a leave from her work at Stanford to serve as a special advisor to the assistant attorney general for antitrust, US Department of Justice. Katz has a successful record of executive leadership: co-founder and CEO of Flywheel Communications, Inc.; president and CEO of the Technology Network (TechNet); senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation; and senior vice president and general counsel of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. (subsequently AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation. Katz was also a lawyer in private practice, specializing in corporate law, as a partner with the firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Before becoming an attorney, Katz was a cultural anthropologist. She holds a PhD from Columbia University, an AB from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Washington Law School.

Steven Mavromihalis

Broker Associate, Pacific Union International & Christie's Great Estates

Steve Mavromihalis  joined Pacific Union in 1986. He has founded and manages several San Francisco-based enterprises that invest in real estate and real estate related products and services. With business partner Gil Fleitas, he has most recently co-founded THEO, an online platform that seeks to support real estate professionals in providing superior service to their clients. In 1992, Mavromihalis became a founding board member of the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) in San Francisco. The program provides prenatal care to homeless women and supports their efforts to conquer substance abuse and find housing and stable employment. Mavromihalis is past president and has remained an active member of the program's board of directors for more than 15 years. Steve has a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an AM in History from Stanford University.

Linda R. Meier

Chairman, Western Region Advisory Board of Institute of International Education, Inc. 

Linda R. Meier is a founding director of University Bank and Trust Company of Palo Alto. Most of her professional career has been spent in civic and board service. Meier has been a Trustee of Institute of International Education, Inc. since 2001. She has served in numerous volunteer roles for Stanford University, including Chair of the Stanford Athletic Board, Vice Chair at Outreach for the Campaign for Undergraduate Education, and on the Board of the Stanford Alumni Association. She served as a Trustee of Stanford University from 1984 to 1994. Currently she serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Medicine Community Council and the Stanford Hospital Board of Directors. Meier received her AB in Sociology from Stanford University.

Alexander Nemerov
Carl and Marilynn Thomas Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities
Chair, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University

A scholar of American art, Alexander Nemerov (Stanford Humanities Center class of 1998-99) writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today. Committed to teaching the history of art more broadly as well as topics in American visual culture—the history of American photography, for example—he is a noted writer and speaker on the arts. His most recent books are Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov (Fraenkel Gallery, 2015), Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (Princeton University Press, 2013), and Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (University of California Press, 2010).  Nemerov's new book, Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine, will appear in 2016, published by Princeton University Press.

Peggy Phelan
Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts
Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Director, Stanford Arts Institute

A noted authority on performance art, Peggy Phelan (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2011-12) is the author of numerous works, which include Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (Routledge, 1993); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (Routledge, 1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (Routledge, 1997); and The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998). Phelan's work reflects her broad-ranging and passionate interests in contemporary theater, art, photography, literature, dance, and film. She has written in recent years about an array of artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Samuel Beckett, Andy Warhol, Ronald Reagan, the photographer Andres Serrano, and the avant-garde performance artist Marina Abramovic. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Getty, and the Australian National University.

Harsha Ram

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Harsha Ram (Stanford Humanities Center class of 2004-05) is a specialist in Russian and European romanticism, modernism, and avant-gardes. His publications include The Imperial Sublime: A Russian Poetics of Empire (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), which addressed the relationship between poetic genre, aesthetic theory, territorial space and political power in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Russian literature. His forthcoming book, City of Crossroads: Tiflis Modernism and the Russian-Georgian Encounter, provides a historical account of cultural relations between Georgian and Russian artists and writers during the imperial and early Soviet eras.

Mary Anne Rothberg Rowen

Co-founder, Provenance Productions

Mary Anne is co-founder of Provenance Productions, a documentary film company. As a co-producer and co-director, her films have been screened at national and international film festivals and have won numerous awards. She is also a dedicated community and Stanford University volunteer. She received an AB in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Donna Schweers

Independent Management Consulting Professional

Donna is a former principal of Schweers and Associates with clients derived largely from the health care sector. She is a long-time community and Stanford University volunteer, and serves Stanford in a number of capacities. She is a member of the advisory board of Stanford’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. She has an AB in Psychology from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Peter Seymour

Executive Vice President and CFO, Disney ABC Television Group

In 2012 Peter Seymour was named executive vice president and CFO of Disney ABC Television Group (DATG). In this role he has been responsible for the consolidated financial leadership of the entertainment portfolio encompassed by DATG, including the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC Owned Station Group, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Domestic Television, Freeform and Radio Disney, as well as Disney’s stake in the AETN partnership that manages A&E, History and Lifetime networks. Peter joined Disney Media Works in 2005 and from 2008-2012 held the position of executive vice president of strategy and research. Prior to joining Disney Media Works he spent nine years in the strategic planning unit of The Walt Disney Company. He joined Disney from the LEK/Alcar Consulting Group where he managed strategy consulting projects in technology and media fields. Peter has an AB in economics and Asian languages and an MBA from Stanford University.  He also serves on the board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and the John Tracy Clinic.

Elaine Treharne
Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities
Professor of English, and by Courtesy, of German Studies, Stanford University
Director, CESTA (Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis), Stanford University

Elaine Treharne’s main research interests are in early British manuscripts—their intentionality, materiality, functionality and value. She has published widely in this area over the last twenty years, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose, and manuscripts dating from c. 1020 to c. 1220. Among her recent publications are Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Living through Conquest: The Politics of Early English (Oxford University Press, 2012). Treharne is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the English Association, for whom she was also the first woman Chair and President from 2000-2005.

Ban Wang
William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Yangtze River Chair Professor, East China Normal University

Ban Wang is the Willam Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is also the Yangtze River Chair Professor at East China Normal University. Recent books include Debating the Socialist Legacy and Capitalist Globalization in China (Palgrave, 2014), and (with Jie Lu) China and New Left Visions: Political and Cultural Interventions (Lexington Books, 2012). In addition to his research on Chinese and comparative literature, he has written on English and French literatures, psychoanalysis, international politics, and cinema. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Ex-Officio Members

Ann Arvin, Dean of Research

Sara Bible, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research

Andrea Davies, Associate Director, Stanford Humanities Center

Debra Satz, Senior Associate Dean for Humanities & Arts, Humanities & Sciences

Caroline Winterer, Director, Stanford Humanities Center