Robert B. DunbarW.M. Keck Professor of Earth Science
Rob Dunbar’s research and teaching interests include climate dynamics, oceanography, marine ecology and biogeochemistry. He is also interested in environmental policy directed towards problem-solving. His research group studies global environmental change with a focus on air-sea interactions, tropical marine ecosystems, polar climate, and biogeochemistry. Current field areas include the Galápagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica, the Line Islands, Easter Island, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Palau. Rob’s research team is currently working on several projects in Antarctica to assess the impacts of climate change on Southern Ocean ecosystems and C-system chemistry. His team is also well into a multi-year effort to collect deep sea corals to better understand their ecology as well as their self-contained records of change in the deep sea. In 2009, Rob was elected as a Trustee for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington D.C. Rob was the founding director of Stanford’s Emmitt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is also an avid nature photographer with his photos being featured in many publications.
InterestsRadiometric Age-Dating,Climate Change, Holocene Variability throughout the Pacific Ecosystem, Dynamics Isotope Geochemistry Environmental Science
Paulla Ebron Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. Massachusetts Amherst, 1993
Paulla Ebron joined the department in 1992. Ebron is the author of Performing Africa, a work based on her research in The Gambia that traces the significance of West African praise-singers in transnational encounters. A second project focuses on tropicality and regionalism as it ties West Africa and the U.S. Georgia Sea Islands in a dialogue about landscape, memory and political uplift. This project is entitled, "Making Tropical Africa in the Georgia Sea Islands." This summer, she will travel with a team of students to Charleston, South Carolina, to participate in a field school in collaboration with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
Interests Research interests include commoditization of culture, heritage, memory and history, performance, and writing culture.
Research areas include West Africa and the transatlantic connections.
Apurva Mehta is a staff scientist at SLAC National Acc. Lab with more than 20 years of experience in synchrotron based x-ray techniques. He has been using these techniques to probe a wide range of scientific and technological questions; from structure-property relationships in quantum materials to the firing protocols for Greek and Roman pottery.
Mike MoldowanProfessor-Research (Emeritus), Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
I teach courses related to the subject matter of my research. The technology and its application in aspects of etroleum exploration and production, environmental analysis, and archeological aspects are introduced in the lecture course, Petroleum Geochemistry in Environmental and Earth Science. For those students interested in applying molecular geochemistry in their thesis research I teach a follow-up course called Laboratory Methods in Organic Geochemistry.
InterestsGeoarchaeology, organic and petroleum geochemistry, and molecular fossils
Capetonian-born Grant Parker studied at the University of Cape Town and taught initially at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). After graduating from Princeton he especially relished the interdisciplinary environment of Ann Arbor, where he was a postdoc in the Society of Fellows. Though his day-job is in classics, he has tended to seek topics where colonial histories intersect with ancient pasts. Earlier work has examined Greek and Roman image-making of the east (The Making of Roman India, 2008), and of Mediterranean travel in comparative perspective (Mediterranean Passages: readings from Dido to Derrida, co-edited with miriam cooke and Erdag Goknar, 2008). Current projects involve the ancient Roman lives of Egyptian obelisks, and the receptions of ancient Greece and Rome in South Africa.
Interests Obelisks, the Nile, maps, orientalism, Mediterranean, history of scholarship
Senior Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI); Coordinator, Program on Human Rights, FSI
As a scholar of international and comparative law, legal philosophy, and human rights, Helen Stacy has produced works analyzing the efficacy of regional courts in promoting human rights, differences in the legal systems of neighboring countries, and the impact of postmodernism on legal thinking. Her recent scholarship has focused on how international and regional human rights courts can improve human rights standards while also honoring social, cultural, and religious values. Stacy is a senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where she coordinates the human rights program. She is also a researcher with the European Forum at the Freeman Spogli Institute, a member of the Committee in Charge of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature, and she is associated with the Center for African Studies. Stacy was a senior lecturer in law at Stanford Law School from 2005 to 2010. Before joining Stanford Law, she was a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology School of Law, a senior prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions in London, and a legal officer for Shell Oil in Australia.Contact
Professor, Biological SciencesInterests
Geoarchaeology, Nutrient cycling in tropical and temperate forests. Regulation of cycling of nitrogen, phosphorus, and several other nutrients by using chemical analysis of soil, water, and gas samples from field sites. Biological invasion by exotic species, and sources of elements during long-term soil and ecosystem development in the Hawaiian Islands.
The John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center
Connie Wolf became the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center on January 1, 2012. Wolf arrives at Stanford at a transformative time for the arts on campus, as the university develops its new arts district with the Cantor Arts Center at its core. In her new position, Wolf is working to make the museum and the arts a more integral part of the learning experience for students, developing innovative interdisciplinary initiatives, and building the collection to be a more vital resource for research and teaching.
After graduating from Stanford, where her degree was in East Asian studies, Wolf worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and then was a Senior Research Assistant at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, working on a comparative study of arts education in the U.S. and China. She was a Jacob Javits Fellow in photography at the California Institute of the Arts and also worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on photography exhibitions and interpretive strategies. She was then a Research Associate in school reform and Warren Weaver Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s arts and humanities division. She went on to an appointment as Associate Director for Public Programs and Helena Rubinstein Curator of Education at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1999, Wolf became director and CEO of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, where she established an exemplary record of drive and innovation. Under her leadership, a small community-based organization was elevated into a major institution with a new building, professional staff, and strong presence in a city of cultural richness.
Xiaoneng YangPatrick J.J. Maveety Curator of Asian Art at Stanford University's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
Xiaoneng Yang, Patrick J.J. Maveety Curator of Asian Art at Stanford University's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, specializes in areas that transcend the borders of traditionally defined disciplines, such as archaeology, art history, and epigraphy. His recent publications include The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People's Republic of China, New Perspectives on China's Past: Chinese Archaeology in the Twentieth Century, Reflections of Early China (Chinese title: Lingyizhong gushi or An Alternative History), Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in Twentieth-Century China, and Hello, Shanghai â€” A History of Everyday Life in the Reform Era.
InterestsChinese archaeology, Early Chinese civilizations, cultural heritage management, visual culture, cultural exchanges before the Silk Road.
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