Caroline Winterer was appointed Director of the Stanford Humanities Center in September 2013. A historian of early America, she holds the Anthony P. Meier Family Professorship in the Humanities and is Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics. She joined the Stanford faculty in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Michigan and her B.A. with honors from Pomona College in 1988.
Winterer specializes in the transmission of ideas between Europe and the Americas in the era from Columbus to the Civil War. The author of 3 books and over 30 articles, her research interests include the American Enlightenment, ideas about ancient Rome and Greece, art and material culture, and political thought. She is currently writing a book called The American Enlightenment that will be published by Yale University Press.
Her publications include The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750-1900 (2007) and The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910 (2002), as well as articles in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, the American Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic and Modern Intellectual History.
Winterer recently curated two exhibits of rare books and artifacts: the exhibit Ancient Rome & America at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2010 and also The American Enlightenment at Stanford’s Green Library in 2011. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Spencer Foundation, among others.
Her work in Digital Humanities, which mapped the social network of Benjamin Franklin, was awarded an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution in 2013.
International and Scholarship Program Officer
Patricia Blessing received her Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University in 2012. Her forthcoming book, Rebuilding Anatolia after the Mongol Conquest: Islamic Architecture in the Lands of Rūm, 1240-1330 investigates the relationship between patronage, architecture, and style in the context of trans-imperial networks stretching from Anatolia to Central Asia. in addition to her expertise in art history, Blessing has worked on archaeological excavations in Syria, Uzbekistan, and Turkey. At the Humanities Center, Blessing coordinates the International Visitors Program, the Hume Humanities Honors Fellowships, and the Manuscript Review Workshop. Occasionally, she teaches courses on medieval history and on Islamic art and architecture.
Roland Hsu is Associate Director of the Humanities Center at Stanford University.
Hsu is dedicated to fostering humanities research, and bringing creative and multi-disciplinary thinking to the challenges of international cultural dialogue, and post-conflict peace and reconciliation. Currently his research focuses on immigration and ethnic identity formation. His publications combine humanistic and social science methods and materials to uncover the mass movements of peoples, political responses, and experiences of integration. His book on Ethnic Europe combines essays by leading scholars whom Hsu brought to Stanford for a conference on the subject, and the book is edited and begins with an essay by Hsu on the state of our thinking in this area. His essay in Le Monde Diplomatique engages the contemporary politics of immigration and ethnicity in Europe and France.
Hsu’s new work-in-progress is a book-length publication – co-edited with Christoph Reinprecht at the University of Vienna – with contributions by scholars from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences on the politics, history, and culture of immigration and integration in Europe and East Asia. On the same large subject area Hsu is preparing to launch a web-based, curated and dynamic clearing house of the best new thinking on migration in national, regional, and trans-national settings.
Hsu developed this interest based on work with Stanford and international faculty, and with the scholars, and policy and civil society leaders he has helped bring to Stanford. Hsu’s long list of research conferences, workshops, research seminars, and public events includes:
•Authors: Ian McEwan, Orhan Pamuk, Aris Fioretos, Ruth Ozeki, Fady Joudah;
•Conferences/workshops/seminars: Stanford Faculty Working Group on Responding to Refugees, New thinking on Nobel Laureate Nelly Sachs, Diversity and Community in Sweden in film and the arts, Context of Hirsi Ali, Faculty Roundtable on Salmon Rushdie’s Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Hannah Arendt in the Humanities, Ethnic Europe, Conscience, Democracy in Adversity and Diversity, Migration and Integration.
•Scholars/Analysts: Francis Fukuyama, Vali Nasr, Olivier Roy, Timothy Garton Ash, Istvan Deak;
•Journalists: John Micklethwait (Editor, the Economist), Josef Joffe (Die Zeit), Frederick Mitterand, Rachel Donadio (New York Times);
•Policy leaders: Catherine Ashton (EU High Representative and Vice President), Jan Eliasson (former UN Secretary General), Jonathan Phillips (Permanent Secretary, UK Northern Ireland Office), Lionel Jospin (former French PM), Daniel Cohen Bendit, Ambassadors to the US, Foreign Ministers, Presidents from Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Algeria, Ukraine, Spain, Basque Region;
Hsu’s current interest also stems from his previous research and teaching on historical and cultural points of conflict. At the University of Chicago, Hsu taught numerous courses on political thought and literature (investigating themes including “evil”, “revolution”, and early modern womens’ literature”). His dissertation on public monuments, history texts, and the political use of the French Revolution forms the basis for multiple subsequent research projects on political and cultural conflict, legitimacy, and reconciliation in Europe. Hsu deployed humanistic and social science methods across disciplinary boundaries to investigate visual arts, audience response, political philosophy, and historical schools of thought of medieval origins of the modern European nation-state. His dissertation reveals the role of history and revolution in legitimizing modern French regimes.
At the University of Idaho, Hsu was Assistant Professor of History, completing research on visual representations of revolution and reception theory in nineteenth-century France, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on nineteenth-century European intellectual and political history, world history (ancient through modern), empire, colonial and emancipation eras, and the French Revolution.
At Stanford, Hsu was awarded a three-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Introduction to Humanities Program. Serving as a Fellow he conducted research on collective memory, and inspired by Stanford faculty and students turned his focus to post-conflict and post-atrocity research. He has increasingly focused on investigating the history and future of post-conflict studies and models for truth and reconciliation and emancipation, using material and methods from the humanities (history, philosophy, literary criticism, visual arts) and the social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology.)
Hsu brings more than ten years of research and administrative leadership experience to help steer the Stanford Humanities Center. Before his appointment to the Humanities Center, Hsu helped build the Europe Center from its founding as the European Forum, its subsequent growth to the Forum on Contemporary Europe, and now a full research center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Hsu’s contribution to the growth of the Europe Center, included building multiple research scholar exchange and fellowships (with new funding) for residencies at the Europe Center. Hsu also cultivated institutional partnerships with more than six European universities for on-going cooperative programming and scholar exchange.
Previously at Stanford, Hsu served as
•Associate Director of the Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Global Studies
•Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research
•Acting Associate Director of the Introduction to Humanities Program
Hsu earned his Ph.D. in Modern European History at the University of Chicago. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Chicago, and a dual B.A. in Art History and also English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
Veronica came to the Stanford Humanities Center after spending several years at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Prior to working at Stanford, Veronica received her MA in English from Claremont Graduate University, and BAs in English and in History from UCLA. She is the proud cat-mom to Dagny, named for Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged.