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Roland Greene


Roland Greene assumed the directorship of the Stanford Humanities Center in September 2019. As Director of the Center, he holds the Anthony P. Meier Family Professorship in the Humanities. He is also the Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and is professor of English and comparative literature.

His research and teaching are concerned with the early modern literatures of England, Latin Europe, and the transatlantic world, and with poetry and poetics from the Renaissance to the present.

Greene received his doctorate from Princeton University and previously held appointments at Harvard University and the University of Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (2013); Unrequited Conquests: Love and Empire in the Colonial Americas (1999); and Post-Petrarchism: Origins and Innovations of the Western Lyric Sequence (1991). Greene is also the editor in chief of the fourth edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), considered the leading reference book on poetry. He is a past president of the Modern Language Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A member of the Stanford faculty since 2001, he is co-chair and founder of two research workshops in which most of his PhD students participate: Renaissances and Poetics. Additionally, Greene is actively involved with the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, the Bing Overseas Studies Program, and the Program in Structured Liberal Education (SLE), of which he is a former director.

Greene is also the founder and director of Arcade, a digital salon for literary studies and the humanities.

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Robert Cable

Communications Manager

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Andrea Davies

Associate Director

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 University.

In addition to her work at the Humanities Center, Davies currently teaches a course on LGBTQ U.S. History and created a LGBTQ Oral History Project at Stanford. Davies’ research interests in the history of social inequality includes her book Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery After the 1906 Disaster, which reveals how new relief policies preserved social hierarchies in the early-twentieth-century city. Her interest in the social consequences of disasters was sparked by her experiences as a San Francisco firefighter. 

Davies has also worked on interdisciplinary research teams and published research studies on gender inequality in Silicon Valley high-tech companies, venture capitalist perceptions of women entrepreneurs, the history of the racialized and gendered “ideal worker” myth, and dual-career academic couples at U.S. research universities.

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Carol Guthrie

Research Workshops Program Manager

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Maridee Huston-Charlton

Office Coordinator

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Kelda Jamison

Fellowship Program Manager

Kelda Jamison is a socio-cultural and linguistic anthropologist and has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Diyarbakir, a predominately Kurdish city in southeastern Turkey. Her research and writing focus on the politics of language in Kurdish Turkey. She has a BA in Anthropology (University of Virginia), an MA in Nationalism and Identity (School for Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London), and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

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Andres Le Roux

Computing Consultant

Nicole Daniela Lopez-Hagan

Mellon Program Administrator

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Jenny Martinez

International and Academic Programs Manager

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Eric Ortiz

Events Planner

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Madison Priest

Research Development Specialist
Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research

Madison holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. As a part of Stanford’s Research Development Office, she supports faculty in the Humanities, Arts and Interpretive Social Sciences to find and secure extramural funding. Services include help conceptualizing projects for funding, assessing funding opportunities, managing collaborative writing, and developing the proposal, with preference given to large-scale, collaborative, and/or strategic projects.

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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 Development Officer and Donor Relations Director and 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 the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey).

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Patricia Terrazas

Building and Reservations Administrator

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