Andrea Rees Davies holds a PhD in history, a MA in history and a MA in religious studies from Stanford, as well as a BA in comparative religion and women’s studies from Harvard.
Davies currently teaches a course in the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford. Her book Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery After the 1906 Disaster (Temple University Press, 2012) examines the social and political disruptions afflicting the city in the wake of the great 1906 earthquake and fire. Her interest in the social consequences of disasters was sparked by her work as a San Francisco firefighter.
She has also worked on interdisciplinary research teams and published research studies on women in Silicon Valley high-tech companies, Venture Capitalist perceptions of women entrepreneurs, the history of the “ideal worker” myth, and dual-career academic couples at top U.S. research universities.
International and Scholarship Program Officer
Director of Humanities Communications
Many of Chris’s writings feature in ellipsis, Latin American Theater Review, Nuevo texto critíco, Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos, and Revista de estudios hispánicos. While publishing in scholarly journals, he also sought out venues to distill humanities research into crisp, yet vibrant prose that resonates with public interests. One such venue was Shmoop, an educational technology startup, where he authored much of the content that appears in its AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature curricula. Before returning to Stanford, he wrote extensively about online safety for the Trust & Safety and Public Policy departments at Twitter, a sampling of which appears on Quora, Vodafone UK, and Twitter’s Safety Center. He is also a founding member of the Twitter NeighborNest, a company-sponsored community service center, where he spearheaded its digital citizenship education program.
More recently, Chris has weighed into the conversation about paving alternative career paths for humanities Ph.D.s, serving as a panelist at conferences organized by the Modern Language Association, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley.