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2021 HAL Fellows

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Khomeiniâ'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 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.

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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.

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Lara Spencer

Lara Spencer 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.

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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.

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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.

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Chris Golde: HAL Program Director

Chris Golde 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.