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Mellon Faculty Directors

R. Lanier Anderson

Faculty Director, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

I work in the history of late modern philosophy, focusing primarily on Kant and his influence on 19th c. philosophy. I have written articles on Kant's theoretical philosophy, on Nietzsche, and on the neo-Kantian movement. I am currently working on a book about the analytic/synthetic distinction in Kant, as well as pursuing ongoing projects about Nietzsche's moral psychology, his notion of redemption, and his ideas about the proper norms governing belief. With Joshua Landy (French), I have been instrumental in developing an undergraduate program in Philosophy and Literature at Stanford, and we are currently collaborating on papers in that area. I began working with the Mellon Fellowship in 2007 as part of the Selection Committee, and have been co-Director with JP Daughton since 2008.

I was educated at Yale (A.B., 1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ph.D., 1993), where I worked closely with Alexander Nehamas, Paul Guyer, and Gary Hatfield. I have taught at Stanford since 1996, and was promoted to tenure here in 2004. I have also taught at Harvard University, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, and get back there as often as I can.

J.P. Daughton

Faculty Director, Department of History, Stanford University

J. P. Daughton is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Stanford. He is an historian of modern Europe and European imperialism with a particular interest in political, cultural, and social history, as well as the history of humanitarianism. His first book, An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2006) won the 2007 George Louis Beer Prize from the American Historical Association and the Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society. He is currently finishing a book called Humanity So Far Away: Violence, Suffering, and Humanitarianism in the Modern French Empire, which will be published by Oxford University Press.