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 PhD in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University in 2012. Her book, Rebuilding Anatolia after the Mongol Conquest: Islamic Architecture in the Lands of Rūm, 1240-1330 (Ashgate, 2014) 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 Stanford courses on medieval history and on Islamic art and architecture.
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.
Digital Humanities Coordinator
Sarah Ogilvie is Digital Humanities Coordinator at the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and Lecturer in the Linguistics Department, drawing on her experience in academia and in Silicon Valley, where she worked in software for Amazon Kindle. She is a linguist and lexicographer who works at the intersection of technology and the humanities, specializing in both endangered languages and their revitalization, and in dictionaries and their creation.
Prior to moving to the United States in 2012, Ogilvie was Director of the Australian National Dictionary Center and Reader in Linguistics at the Australian National University and, before that, Alice Tong Sze Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College at Cambridge University where she taught Linguistics and co-founded the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group.
Ogilvie's books include: Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Keeping Languages Alive: Documentation, Pedagogy and Revitalization (ed. with Mari Jones, Cambridge University Press, 2014). She is currently working on a large digital humanities project which maps efforts to revitalize endangered languages across the globe. She is also writing a book about her own fieldwork in Northern Queensland, Australia, documenting and revitalizing the Morrobalama language. As a lexicographer, she has worked on the Oxford English Dictionary, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, and numerous other dictionaries in Britain and Australia.
Ogilvie has a BSc in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics (University of Queensland), an MA in Linguistics (Australian National University), and a DPhil in Linguistics (Oxford University).