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Caroline Winterer


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.

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Robert Barrick

Fellowship Program Manager

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Patricia Blessing

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.

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Corrie Goldman

Director of Humanities Communication

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Roland Hsu

Associate Director

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Roland Hsu is Associate Director of the Humanities Center at Stanford University.
Hsu is dedicated to bringing creative and multi-disciplinary thinking to the challenges of international cultural dialogue, and post-conflict peace and reconciliation.  His own research focuses on migration and ethnic identity formation.  His publications combine humanistic and social science methods and materials to answer what displaces peoples, how do societies respond to migration, and what are the experiences of resettlement.  
Currently he is conducting a study over six years to publish three books.  The three books address ethnicity, migration, and diaspora.  His first book entitled “Ethnic Europe: Mobility, Identity, and Conflict in a Globalized World” (Stanford University Press, 2010) revealed what it means to lay claim to ethnic difference in the traditional national cultures of Europe.  “Ethnic Europe” combines essays by leading scholars whom Hsu with research partners brought to Stanford.  The book is edited and begins with an essay by Hsu on how we think about ethnicity, and why recognizing ethnicity unsettles social tradition in increasingly globalized Europe.  Hsu continues to foster public questioning of the meaning and use of ethnicity by sponsoring programming on European political and cultural initiatives, and with blog postings on diversity policy and the politics of immigration in such publications as Le Monde Diplomatique.
Hsu’s second book Migration and Integration: New Models for Mobility and Coexistence (University of Vienna Press, forthcoming 2015) asks what displaces people, and how do migrants return or resettle.  Co-edited with Christoph Reinprecht (University of Vienna) Mobility and Integration compares international and internal migration in East and South-East Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe, Western and Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.  Based on Hsu’s design with faculty partners of a series of visiting fellowships, workshops, and an international conference, Hsu and Reinprecht invited scholars from multiple disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences to contribute to this volume on the history, politics, and culture of migration and integration in an illuminating East-West comparison.
The third book Diaspora: Global Perspectives is a study of the theory, history, and contemporary experience of diaspora communities.  Co-edited with Dag Blanck (Uppsala University) this book will ask how models of resettled communities and diasporas should be revised to help us understand today’s migrant experience.  Combining thirty historical and contemporary case studies, this book on “Diaspora” will help us rethink what has been the consequence of labeling a migrant community as a diaspora, why contemporary displacements due to war, poverty, and climate change disperse peoples more widely, and how we can understand the emerging experience of real and virtual migrant communities.
A fourth project in this series will be a web-based, curated and dynamic clearing house of the new thinking from scholars, policy leaders, and non-governmental actors on migration and refugees in national, regional, and trans-national settings.
Hsu developed this interest based on work with faculty at Stanford and with invited scholars, and policy and civil society leaders, as well as through his teaching and lecturing at Stanford, the University of Chicago, and European universities.  Hsu has served in administrative leadership positions at multiple research centers, and related to his research, his list of sponsored conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events includes: 
•Authors and artists: Ian McEwan, Orhan Pamuk, Aris Fioretos, Ruth Ozeki, Fady Joudah, David Adjaye
•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; Writings and Response to Ayaan Hirsi Ali; 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 Prime Minister), Daniel Cohen Bendit, European Ambassadors to the US, Foreign Ministers and Presidents from Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Algeria, Ukraine, Spain, Basque Region
Hsu’s previous research and teaching explored a wide range of historical and cultural ruptures.  At the University of Chicago, Hsu taught numerous courses on political thought and literature (including themes of “evil”, “revolution”, and the authorial “other” in world literature).  His dissertation on public monuments, history texts, and the political use of the French Revolution forms the basis for his multiple research projects on political and cultural conflict, legitimacy, and reconciliation in Europe.  His dissertation reveals the role of history and revolution in legitimizing modern French regimes.  Hsu employed humanistic and social science methods from multiple disciplines to investigate visual arts, audience response, political philosophy, and historical schools of thought of the modern European nation-state.  
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 was inspired by Stanford faculty and students to turn 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 teamed with staff and faculty to build the Europe Center from its founding as the European Forum, to its growth into the Forum on Contemporary Europe, and ultimately a research center at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Hsu’s contributions 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, Berkeley.
Veronica Marian

Communications Coordinator

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.

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Sarah Ogilvie

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).

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Kent Safford

Workshop Administrator

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Najwa Salame

Finance Manager

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Susan Sebbard

Assistant Director

Susan began her Stanford career at the Humanities Center in 1985. She has had the pleasure of working with every director of the Center since its inception. Her responsibilities have ranged from fellowship program administration, to human resources and operations management, to donor relations and development. In her current role as assistant director, she serves as Stewardship Director and Development Officer for the Center.
Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked in the corporate world in various executive assistant roles. She received her BA in Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Russian) from Principia College, and pursued graduate work in International Relations at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies (now called the Monterey Institute of International Studies). In her spare time, she plays tennis and golf, swims, hikes, reads, does the occasional voiceover gig, and is active in her church.

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Patricia Terrazas

Office coordinator


Priyanka Vaze

Event Coordinator

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Tanu Wakefield

Communications Assistant

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