Clayman Institute welcomes 12 Faculty Research Fellows for 2013-2014

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Clayman Institute welcomes 12 Faculty Research Fellows for 2013-2014

by Gender News staff on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:00am

Twelve Faculty Research Fellows join the Clayman Institute for the 2013-2014 academic year. Faculty fellows, who represent diverse disciplines from all over campus, will contribute to our ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration to advance gender equality. The fellows will share their work during talks throughout the year. These discussions spark lively conversations that bring together gender perspectives from around Stanford.

This year's fellows are:

Lauren Davenport, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Image of DavenportProfessor Davenport's general research interests include American politics, public opinion, and race and ethnicity. In particular, her work seeks to problematize the study of racial identity by examining the development of political group consciousness among the U.S. mixed-race population. Her current book project, Politics Between Black and White, assesses how social, historical, and economic processes help construct multiracials' identities and political outlook.

Marisa Galvez, Assistant Professor of French

Image of GalvezMarisa Galvez specializes in the literature of the Middle Ages in France and Western Europe, especially the poetry and narrative literature written in Occitan and Old French.  Her areas of interest include the troubadours, vernacular poetics, the intersection of performance and literary cultures, and the critical history of medieval studies as a discipline.  Her current research project investigates the rhetorical and ideological craft of medieval French confessional texts and its impact on the ethics of crusades in the thirteenth century.

Cindy Kin, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Image of KinCindy Kin is a Colon & Rectal Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. She specializes in the surgical management of colorectal cancer, benign colorectal disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease. Her research interests include the assessment of surgical quality, and outcomes of colorectal surgery particularly in regards to colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.


Jean Ma, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

Image of MaJean Ma's recent publications include Melancholy Drift: Marking Time in Chinese Cinema (2010) and Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (2008). Her research interests include contemporary Chinese-language cinema, avant-garde cinema, early cinema, critical theory, and film theory. Her dissertation focused on the work of director Hou Hsiao-hsien. She is currently working on a book on the songstress in postwar Hong Kong film.  

Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack Professor of Behavioral Sciences in Department of Psychology

Image of MarkusProfessor Markus is Director of the Mind, Culture, and Society Lab at Stanford University. Her research interests focus on the sociocultural shaping of mind and self; how gender, ethnicity, religion, social class, cohort, and region or country of national origin may influence thought and feeling, particularly self-relevant thought and feeling. 


Maureen McNichols, Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management in the GSB

Image of McNicholsProfessor McNichols leads research in two key areas—on earnings management and its implications for investors, and on analysts’ incentives, forecasts, and investment recommendations. Her papers appear in the leading journals in accounting and finance and have garnered several Best Paper awards. She is an editor of Review of Accounting Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Accounting Research and The Accounting Review

Debra Meyerson, Associate Professor of Education, School of Education

Image of MeyersonProfessor Meyerson's research has focused on conditions and change strategies that foster constructive and equitable gender and race relations in organizations. Her work on "tempered radicalism" examines tactics people use to express their identities and advance change while getting ahead, as well as the leadership practices that encourage grass-roots change processes. More recently, Professor Meyerson also conducts research on the implications of the rise of third sector actors and the blurring of roles, responsibilities, and forms of expertise within educational institutions. 

Claudia M. Mueller, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery

Image of MuellerProfessor Mueller has been a faculty member of the Department of Surgery at Stanford since 2008.  Her primary research focuses on the study of children’s health beliefs and their influence on adherence behaviors and overall clinical outcomes. 


Peggy Phelan, Ann O'Day Maples Professor in the Arts

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Perhaps the foremost authority in performance art, Phelan’s numerous works include Unmarked: The Politics of Performance(1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (1993); and The Ends of Performance (1998). Professor Phelan’s work reflects her broad-ranging and passionate interests in contemporary theater, art, photography, literature, dance, and film. She has written in recent years about an extraordinary array of artists, writers, and cultural figures including Samuel Beckett, Andy Warhol, Ronald Reagan, the photographer Andres Serrano, and the avant-garde performance artist Marina Abramovic.

Jennifer L. Raymond, Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Image of RaymondProfessor Raymond studies the neural mechanisms of learning. Her research aims to develop an integrated understanding of this fundamental brain function by systematically tracing learning from a sensory experience, through the neural encoding of that experience, to the induction of plasticity at specific loci in the brain, and the ultimate readout of the memory in an altered behavior. Her lab focuses on motor skill learning, the process through which movements become smooth and accurate through practice. Her research investigates the neural mechanisms of learning, specifically how experience shapes the structure and function of the brain. 

Cecilia Ridgeway, Lucie Stern Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences

Image of RidgewayProfessor Ridgeway is particularly interested in the roles of social hierarchies in everyday interaction play in the larger processes of stratification and inequality in a society.   Her recent book, on the topic of interactional processes preserving gender inequality despite major socioeconomic changes in society, is Framed By Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Yanmin Yang, Associate Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Image of YangProfessor Yang's research on cytoskeletal organization includes investigations of the regulation of cytoskeletal dynamics, functional features of cytoskeletal associated proteins in neurons, and the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration associated with cytoskeletal deregulation. Her research identified a ‘master modulator’ of the cytoskeleton and defined the importance of the ubiquitination cascade in maintaining the integration of cytoskeletal organization and function.  She is interested in continuing to elucidate the role of cytoskeletal disruption in axonal degeneration and neuronal death.