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2021 Fellows

Laura Adams

Lauren Adams

Lauren Adams is a 4th-year PhD candidate in the History Department studying medieval Europe. She focused broadly on issues of religion and gender in the High Middle Ages, and is particularly interested in conceptions of sanctity and heresy. Her dissertation examines the intersection of medieval notions of sexuality, sanctity, sin, and redemption in hagiography. Her research curiosities also range into American history, religion, and sexuality owing to the variegated structure of her past BA and MA programs.

Mary Garcia

Mary Delgado García

Mary Delgado García teaches in the Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining SLE, Mary taught in Comparative Literature and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and the Writing Program at the Claremont Colleges. Her research interests include critical race theory, gender studies, comparative race studies, Black radical thought, and the sociology of race and ethnicity. Mary is passionate about interdisciplinary research and in creating connections between literature, history, ethnic studies, the performance arts, and social activism in her work and teaching. You might typically find her writing, engaged in community organizing, gardening, playing guitar, singing, and dancing.

Courtney Hodrick

Courtney Hodrick

Courtney Hodrick is a PhD Candidate in German Studies at Stanford University. She is also completing a PhD Minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on German-Jewish writers from the late 19th to the mid 20th century, with emphasis on Hannah Arendt and the Frankfurt School. She holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University, where she was active in debate and theater. After graduating in 2016, Courtney lived for a year in Feldkirch, Austria, where she worked as an English teaching assistant through Fulbright Austria. At Stanford, she has served as the Graduate Coordinator for the German Studies Lecture Series and for Haus Mitteleuropa, the German-themed undergraduate residence.

Nura Hossainzadeh

Nura Hossainzadeh

Nura Hossainzadeh is a Lecturer in the Structured Liberal Education program and a political theorist by training. She graduated in 2016 from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Political Science, writing her dissertation on the political thought of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the most prominent leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, and the ways in which his thought continues to influence political and legal thought in contemporary Iran. That dissertation is now the basis of a book project entitled Islamic Republican: Ruhollah Khomeini’s Political Thought. Before coming to Stanford, Nura was a postdoctoral fellow in Georgetown University’s Government department (2016-17) and a lecturer in Princeton’s Near Eastern Studies department (2017-2019). An experienced teacher, Nura has taught a variety of courses on topics as diverse as American politics and government, feminist thought, canonical and non-Western political theory, Iranian and Middle East politics, and legal theory.

Charlotte Hull

Charlotte Hull

Charlotte Hull is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Stanford Department of History and a Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West. She researches the intersection of space, politics, and power in nineteenth-century North America. Her dissertation investigates the process of U.S. imperialism during the nineteenth century and specifically examines how California became part of the United States. Charlotte holds an M.A. in history from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in history and English literature. Charlotte has taught courses in colonial history, early American history, nineteenth-century U.S. history, modern global history, historical research, writing composition, and inclusive pedagogy. She currently serves as the Graduate Writing Tutor Coordinator at Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and directs the Honors Mentorship Program in the Department of History.

Anna Kimmel

Anna Jayne Kimmel

Anna Jayne Kimmel is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies pursuing a minor in Anthropology and 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 works by: Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jaspers, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Olivier Tarpaga, Marjani Forte, Alex Ketley, and Susan Marshall, amongst others. At Stanford, she devised SOLI, an evening length dance which centered experiences from death row and coordinates the Arts and Justice workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center. 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.

Miles Osgood

Miles Osgood

Miles Osgood is a second-year fellow teaching in Structured Liberal Education (SLE) under Stanford Introductory Studies. He received his PhD in English from Harvard University in 2019, and previously worked in publishing for Oxford University Press in New York. His book project, based on archival research in Lausanne and Paris, is about the history of the arts at the Olympics. His research and teaching cover modernism, world literature, art history. He’s currently working with faculty at Cambridge University on an exhibition about the Paris 1924 Olympics at the Fitzwilliam Museum. In his spare time, Miles designs board games, runs a book club about James Joyce’s Ulysses, and takes his dog for hikes around San Francisco.

Lara Spencer

Lara Spencer

Lara is a PhD student in Philosophy with a primary focus in Philosophy of Science. Her dissertation grapples with questions concerning what happens when our models of nature disagree, along with matters of scientific consensus and dissensus more generally. She completed her BA in Natural Sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she graduated with First Class honours before going on to undertake an MPhil in Philosophy of Science at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Prior to arriving at Stanford to pursue her PhD, she dabbled in work as both an actuarial consultant and research editor in London. While at Stanford she has also engaged in research for the Universal Basic Income Lab, and is currently a graduate affiliate of the Stanford Center for Open and Reproducible Science. When she’s not in the library, she can often be found somewhere in the backcountry clutching a ukulele.

Josh Tapper

Josh Tapper

Josh Tapper is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in History and Jewish Studies. His dissertation examines the revival of Jewish culture and politics at the end of the Soviet Union and the construction of post-Soviet Jewish life. As a journalist, he has reported widely across North America and the former Soviet Union for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the New York Times, among other publications. In addition to his doctoral work, Josh coordinates an oral history project about COVID-19’s impact on communal Jewish life in Toronto, where he lives, and hosts and co-produces a Jewish history and ideas podcast developed by Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies. He holds master’s degrees in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Toronto and magazine journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Catherine Teitz

Catherine Teitz

Catherine Teitz is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Classics Department on the Classical Archaeology track. She is writing a dissertation that uses modern city planning frameworks to develop a new approach to the study of urban space in the Roman world. Her research looks at military sites near Hadrian’s Wall, Rome’s frontier in Britain, where she rethinks the traditional models of spatial organization, use, and access. She also conducts experimental research on Roman land surveying tools, building and testing them on Stanford's campus. Her fieldwork has taken her to Britain, Italy, Greece, and France. She received her B.A. with honors in Classical Archaeology and Classics from Brown University.

2020 Fellows


Brandon Bark

Brandon is a 5th-year PhD candidate in Classics. He received his B.A. in Classics and a minor in German language and culture from Princeton University in 2013, after which he taught and tutored Latin at a secondary school for two years. His dissertation examines the discourse surrounding the emergence of Latin as the dominant literary language of Italy in the 2nd century BCE. He is also interested in the history of early Christianity, textual criticism, book history, and Latin paleography, the latter through several advanced courses both at Stanford and at the Rare Book School.


Cody Chun

Cody Chun is a PhD candidate in English. His dissertation considers depictions of suffering and its transcendence in contemporary fiction. He co-coordinates “The Contemporary,” a DLCL-sponsored working group on contemporary literature, philosophy, and culture, and co-directs the Stanford Poetic Media Lab, a digital humanities research collective, within the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, committed to the production and use of digital technologies for pedagogical and research ends. In addition to his research, he is currently at work building A Museum of Beautiful and Sacred Things, a digital curation of the various things that we, as individuals, experience as beautiful or sacred. He received his BA in English from the University of Puget Sound. 

Jamie Fine

Jamie is a third year Ph.D. candidate in Modern Thought & Literature, specializing in contemporary young adult literature, graphic narratives, and law, with a minor in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Specifically, her research investigates how law--a subject matter routinely untaught in schools—is transposed to adolescent readers via contemporary young adult literature and graphic narratives. She holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, and a B.A. from Wellesley College in English and Psychology. At Stanford, she is currently a McCoy Center Ethics Fellow, co-coordinator of the Indigenous Writer’s Lecture Series, a Flip the Script educator, a 2020 PhD Pathways organizer, a Peer Learning Consultant, and is involved in multiple campus committees and initiatives at the NACC. In her (rare) spare time, she enjoys exploring California with her friends and family.


Chiara Giovanni

Chiara is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature with a Minor in Anthropology. Her dissertation is on the subject of embodied Dominican world-making. She looks at contemporary fiction by Dominican and Dominican-American writers and conducts ethnographic fieldwork at dance academies and social dance sites in the United States and the Dominican Republic in order to examine how Dominicans envision and enact alternative pasts, presents, and futures. In her home country of the United Kingdom, Chiara received a First Class BA and MSt in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford, and is now a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. She currently lives in Oakland, where she works part-time at a dance studio and enjoys hosting dinner parties.


Dillon Gisch

Dillon Gisch is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Classics, a member of the Stanford Archaeology Center, and a 2019–2020 Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellow at Stanford University. He is currently writing a dissertation that re-evaluates ancient Roman images of Venus that modern viewers have judged to be “bad art” by analyzing the gendered, ethnic, and sexual biases that underpin these judgments and writing counternarratives of how these images were meaningful to ancient persons in the past. He is also currently working on projects about how an ancient Roman statue acquired a distinctly modern, unruly persona that “speaks” anonymous social and political graffiti, how the narratives of museums in South Africa have changed over the past fifty years, and what place(s) ancient Egypt has occupied in the South African cultural imaginary. In the past, he has carried out research in France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and South Africa, and before he came to Stanford, he worked as Director of Antique and Modern Works on Paper at Davidson Galleries (Seattle, WA), where he research and curated exhibitions of printed American, European, and Japanese graphic art.



Juan Esteban Plaza

Juan Esteban is a fifth year PhD student in Iberian and Latin American Cultures. His interests are literature, philosophy, film, music, visual arts, ecology, immigration, politics, gender. He Received his B.A. and an M.A. in literature in Chile, where he was born. Aside from his academic work, Juan Esteban have made music, poetry, and film experiments; he translated a book from English to Spanish about cinema, and published in on-line media platforms about cinema and ecology. When he lived in Santiago he participated in university political activities, and taught in a popular school to prepare low-income students for their early university years. During all these years of intense work within the academic environment, Juan Esteban have reflected on urgent social and political issues in his research, but has always felt that the impact that we as humanities scholars can make in the life of our communities is way too limited. Our current times need people who have received an excellent education to use it in a meaningful way. Today, when getting close to the end of his doctoral education, he is more concerned than ever with giving visibility to the issues that affect the more helpless among us, and with making arts and the humanities more accessible.


Áine Josephine Tyrrell

Áine Josephine Tyrrell is a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate at the Stanford Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Drama Studies from  Trinity College Dublin. Her research explores the intersection between counter-terrorist policy and immigration, on how the War on Terror has impacted communities of colour in the U.S,  U.K., and France. As an artist, she devices and directs and performs work intent on critiquing contemporary politics. Alongside her Ph.D., Áine has worked across the private- and public-sectors in roles ranging from business consultancy and communications with the United Nations’ World Food Programme to design thinking and innovation in the luxury fashion sector. Áine will be graduating Stanford in June 2020 and is excited to explore career opportunities in the Bay Area. 


Robert Xu

Robert is thrilled to be a part of the HAL 2020 cohort. As a PhD candidate in linguistics at Stanford, his research focuses on speech variation as a powerful meaning-making tool in social interactions. His dissertation project examines the linguistic performances that bring certain social types into prominence in Beijing. He is excited to seek out different path ways to apply his knowledge and analytical skills, and to continue exploring his broad interests in human behavior.

Program Team

Program Director

Chris M. Golde

Chris has worked over 25 years in graduate education, as a student, faculty member, administrator, advocate, researcher, and scholar. Currently, she is a career educator working with PhD students and postdoctoral scholars, at BEAM, Stanford Career Education at Stanford University. She also co-principal investigator on the new AAU PhD Education Initiative; the mission of  which is to promote more student-centered doctoral education at AAU universities by making diverse PhD career pathways visible, valued, and viable. Before joining BEAM, she spent 9 years as Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education in the VPGE office at Stanford. Before returning to Stanford, she was a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching working on the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, and a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a PhD in education and an MA in sociology, both from Stanford University. 


2019-2020 Program Coordinators 


Michelle Mengsu Chang (also 2020 Fellow)

Michelle is a PhD candidate in the History Department. She studies totalitarianism in the 20th century, with particular interest in the interface between state and individual under totalitarianism, and ways in which economic organization and material culture influence political consciousness and identity. Her dissertation explores the transformation of everyday life and the contestation between political ideology and economic changes in China during the late 1970s and early 80s. Michelle received her B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from Yale University. After graduating from Yale, she worked as a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany. Michelle was born in Harbin in northeastern China, and has lived in the former Soviet Union, Australia, and Canada before studying in the United States. She moonlights as a photographer. 

Timothy S. Jones II

Tim is a producer, activist, and multi-disciplinary artist. He holds bachelor degrees in English Literature and Drama from Morehouse College. He ​also ​received his MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University​. ​His research interests include ​various intersections of ​trauma, ​narrative medicine, ​sexuality, performance ethnography, critical race theory, shame, memory, and ​surveillance​​. Tim has trained at the Ailey School, Shanghai Theater Academy, the British American Drama Academy, Spelman Dance Theater, and Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts. During his time at Columbia University, he worked at Sleep No More, New York Live Arts, and New York Theater Workshop. From 2015-2019 Tim worked as the Arts Director of Cooperative Arts High where he lead the arts program, community partnerships, ran a leadership mentoring program for at-risk young men of color, and occasionally taught a course called Facing History and Ourselves. He consistently is interested in interrogating​ cultural competency, programming and engagement initiatives, as well as the complexities surrounding representation of people of color on and off stage/screen.