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Current Workshop Coordinators

Lorenzo Bartolucci

The Workshop in Poetics

Lorenzo is a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature Department at Stanford University. He holds an AB in comparative literature from Harvard University and works on Anglo-American, Italian, and French literature, with a particular interest in the history of the idea of poetic selfhood. His current research investigates the nexus between the evolution of the lyric and the rise of neuroscience in the mid-twentieth century. In addition to coordinating the Workshop in Poetics, Lorenzo is the editor in chief of Mantis, Stanford’s journal of poetry, criticism, and translation.

Nicholas Bartos

Standardization in Ancient Economies

A PhD student in classical archaeology, Nicholas’ research interests include the formation and structure of maritime networks in the ancient Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, particularly how seaborne interaction influenced social and economic activity during the Roman period. To this end, he is interested in ancient economies, maritime communities and traditions, and broader theories of globalization and cross-cultural interaction. In 2013 he graduated from Brown University with a BA in archaeology and the ancient world before attending the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Fund Scholar (MPhil in archaeology, 2015). Nicholas then worked as a field archaeologist and in the post-excavation and publications department at Oxford Archaeology Ltd., a UK-based commercial archaeological practice, and on the editorial team at Current World Archaeology, a popular archaeological magazine based in London. He has worked on a range of terrestrial and underwater archaeological research projects in Albania, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, Montenegro, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Recent projects include the Berenike Project (Red Sea, Egypt) and the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project (SE Sicily).

Annika Butler-Wall

Digital Aesthetics Workshop: Critical Approaches to Computational Culture

Annika Butler-Wall is a PhD Candidate in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. She is interested in the intersections of gender, labor, and technology. Her dissertation project explores forms of labor that have been historically considered “women’s work” as they are “disrupted” by digital technologies. She holds a BA in American studies and economics from Wesleyan University.

Elix Colón

The Medical Humanities

Elix Colón is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. She earned her BA in American studies and history from Rutgers University. Her research looks at ways and patterns of aging in the Cuban and Cuban-American communities. More specifically, she looks at how issues surrounding economic precarity affect care and health practices of older adults on the island while also exploring the global implications of demographic aging given Cuba's graying population.

Nicholas Fenech

Renaissance Worldmaking

Nicholas Fenech is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at Stanford University, specializing in early modern literature and drama. His research focuses on humanist politics, manuscript studies and textual criticism, Shakespeare, and classical reception, and has appeared in or is forthcoming from various journals including Renaissance DramaThe German Quarterly, and Studies in Philology.

Linden Hill

Reframing Fashion Studies

Linden Hill is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History. She studies modern art and design with an emphasis on fashion, dance, and popular culture. Her current research investigates consumer culture, visual display, and social dance in 1960s and 70s New York City, with a particular focus on the boutique as both a retail and social space. Linden received a BA in art history and dance from Barnard College and an MA in design history from the Bard Graduate Center.

Elizabeth Claire Jacob

Producing Knowledge In and Of Africa

Elizabeth Jacob is a PhD candidate in African history at Stanford University. Her dissertation explores gender, family, and politics in West Africa, with a focus on Côte d'Ivoire. Other research interests include pan-Africanism, decolonization, and feminist history and theory. She has received grants and fellowships from the American Historical Association, the Fulbright Program, and Stanford's Center for African Studies, among others. In academic year 2020-21, she will hold a Dissertation Prize Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center.

Anna Jayne Kimmel

Arts and Justice

Anna Jayne Kimmel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies pursuing a minor in anthropology and a graduate certificate in African studies, with an emphasis in dance, memory, and public performance as politics. Her current research intersects critical dance studies and crowd theory, to analyze the resulting representations of race, national identity, and democratic affect, especially as motivated by contemporary Algerian demonstrations. As a dancer, Kimmel has performed the works of: Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jaspers, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Olivier Tarpaga, Marjani Forte, Susan Marshall, Loni Landon, and Christopher Ralph, amongst others. At Stanford, she devised SOLI, an evening length dance which centered experiences from death row. Kimmel holds an AB from Princeton University in French studies with certificates in African studies and dance. Her writing appears in Performance Research, with reviews published in The Drama Review (TDR) and Dance Research Journal. She currently serves on the Future Advisory Board to Performance Studies international, and as the reviews editor of Performance Research

James Macksoud

Data Scarcity in the Ancient Mediterranean

James is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics working in the field of Roman History. In the broadest sense, his interests center on the formal and informal political, economic, military, and ideological institutions and hierarchies around and through which ancient societies were ordered. In particular, he has focused on the interplay between local and imperial political and economic networks of power in the high Roman Empire and the impact these interactions had on the long-term development of the administrative structures of the Roman state. He also has a longstanding interest in both modern and pre-modern demography, particularly migration regimes as well as population size and distribution. Prior to attending Stanford, James earned a BA in history from Columbia University and an MPhil in classics from the University of Cambridge as well as a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Greek and Latin from Rutgers University.

Ümit Öztürk

Data Scarcity in the Ancient Mediterranean

Ümit is a PhD student in the Department of Classics. He earned his BA and MA in history from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. His current research interests focus broadly on two different, though closely related, subjects. His first area of research focuses on the ancient economies of the eastern Mediterranean, particularly the intersections of monetary regimes, fiscal policies and the issues of property. The second one is the making of the social stratification systems, with a special emphasis on their institutional underpinnings and transformations.

María Gloria Robalino

Matters of Voice

María Gloria is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature. She is an alumna of Swarthmore College and Harvard University. Her topics of interest include notions of landscape in colonial Latin America and Southeast Asia, considerations of voice and materiality in cross-cultural studies, and the notion of Formação in Brazilian architecture and education. She has published writing in Perfect Strangers, a print magazine available at different bookstores in the United States and abroad dedicated to exploring the cross-cultural. 

Avshalom Schwartz

History of Political Thought

Avshalom Schwartz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on the role of imagination in politics and questions of legitimacy and political stability in classical and early modern political thought. Before coming to Stanford, he earned a BA and MA from Tel Aviv University.

Merve Tekgürler

Critical Data Practices in Humanities Research

Before coming to Stanford, Merve received their BA from Freie Universität Berlin and worked there as a student assistant in the Department of Early Modern History. Their main focus has been on the interactions and relations of the Ottoman Empire with Central Europe, particularly with Germany. Currently they are working on Ottoman-Polish-Russian borderlands in the eighteenth century, with an emphasis on the changes and continuities in the region during the Partitions of Poland. Their first research project at Stanford looked into the circulation of news and information about Poland and Russia into the Ottoman Palace and discussed how this information was used in decision-making processes. Merve is currently involved in multiple CESTA projects and trying to expand their digital humanities skills by working on text recognition.

Vannessa Velez

Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity

Vannessa Velez is a PhD Candidate in history at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the role of environmental racism in U.S. Cold War policy, with particular attention to how this history can recontextualize and reshape current environmental policy. 

Brandon Riley Waldon

Cognition and Language

Brandon Waldon is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics. His doctoral research is mainly in the field of pragmatics - the study of the role of context in language production and comprehension. He is a member of the interActive Language Processing Lab at Stanford (ALPS), which is headed by workshop faculty co-sponsor Judith Degen. This is Brandon’s third year as the graduate student coordinator of the Cognition and Language Workshop.

Jennie Waldow

Working Group in Literary and Visual Culture

Jennie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History, and she studies post-war American and European art with a focus on 1960s and 1970s Conceptualism. She holds a BA from Scripps College and an MA with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Jennie previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, and her areas of interest include Fluxus, artist's books and ephemera, political activism, and commercial procedures. She is currently at work on a dissertation about the American artist Allen Ruppersberg.