Welcoming our 2015-2016 fellows

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Welcoming our 2015-2016 fellows

by Gender News Staff on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 8:27pm

As we begin the 2015-2016 academic year, we take the opportunity to welcome this year's fellowship participants. The Clayman Institute offers three different fellowship programs: graduate dissertation, postdoctoral and faculty research fellows. The Graduate Dissertation Fellowship supports graduate students in their dissertation research and encompasses a quarter-long teaching assistantship. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is a two-year program for recent PhDs with gender as their area of study. The Faculty Research Fellowship program brings together an intellectually diverse group of Stanford scholars to provide new insights into the barriers to women's advancement and to propose novel and workable solutions to advancing gender equality. Our faculty research fellows present a series of lectures based on research that reveals new discoveries on gender across various disciplines. 

These programs further the Institute’s mission of creating conversation, sharing knowledge and changing culture by fostering and empowering leadership within the Stanford community.

Please join us in welcoming our 2015-2016 fellows.

Graduate Dissertation Fellows

Ed King, PhD Candidate, Department of Linguistics

Ed KingEd King's research focuses on the effects of social characteristics—such as gender and dialect—on the perception of spoken words. His dissertation examines how gendered language use and gender stereotypes affect the interpretation of words spoken by women and men. King received his B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. 


Sandra Nakagawa, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology

Sandra NakagawaSandra Nakagawa's research focuses on gender differences in health and environmental behaviors. In particular, her work looks at how concerns about masculinity contribute to men's lower rates of many healthy and pro-environmental activities. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with B.A. degrees in Sociology and English. 



Postdoctoral Fellows

Alison Dahl Crossley, PhD in Sociology; 2013-2016

In her third year as a postdoctoral fellow, Alison Dahl Crossley’s research focuses on the continuity of contemporary feminism, which is explored in her dissertation, “Social Movement Continuity and Abeyance: Feminist Mobilization on U.S. College Campuses." Crossley was the co-creator of our first Online Feminism Conference in fall 2014, and leads Clayman's Graduate Voice and Influence Program this year as faculty mentor.

Kristine Kilanski, PhD in Sociology; 2015-2017

KilanskiKristine Kilanski utilizes studies gender, work and poverty. Her work has been published in reviews such as "Gender & Society," "Theory & Society," and "Work & Occupations." She is a contributing author to several books, including "Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City" (University of Texas Press). She earned her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.


Jonna Louvrier, PhD in Management and Organization; 2014-2016

Jonna Louvrier’s comparative research looks at gender equality and diversity management in Finland and the U.S., focusing on the ontological assumptions diversity management programs are based on. Her research aims to impact the way diversity management and equality are understood in corporate contexts in the coming years. 


Faculty Fellows

H. Samy Alim, Professor of Education

Alim's research focuses on comparative analyses of the linguistic performance of gender, race and ethnicity by young men in freestyle rap battles in Los Angeles and Cape Town. His work explores how these improvised verbal duels are both constitutive and transformative of social realities that challenge White domination while also marginalizing other classed, gendered and sexualized identities.

Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Director of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Dierkes-Thrun examines the literary and personal relations between Oscar Wilde and notorious Parisian publisher, salon hostess and cross-dresser Rachilde, who played a critical role in channelling Wilde's intellectual impact. Rachilde provided Wilde with a queer network of influential writers, artists and journalists, wrote articles defending homosexual love, reviewed his work and commissioned new translations of his novels and plays. 

 Paulla Ebron, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ebron's research interests include memory and political history, popular culture, performance and subjectivity. Her current project focuses on the Georgia Sea Islands, a region off the southeastern coast of the United States which provides a productive area to trace transnational commercial connections that link colonial and postcolonial histories of the U.S., South and colonial projects in Africa and India.  

 Estelle B. Freedman, Professor of U.S. History

Drawing from her recent book "Redefining Rape," Freedman provides a historical perspective on the role of sexual violence in constructing citizenship in U.S. history. Her talk highlights the mixed results of efforts by women's rights and racial justice advocates in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to challenge the archetypes of the pure white female victim and the black male stranger rapist.


Ann Grimes, Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism 

ann grimesGrimes, former staff writer, editor and San Francisco deputy bureau chief for "The Wall Street Journal" looks at how digital technology has changed the challenges women entrepreneurs face. She questions if women tech leaders are facing the same challenges and opportunities as women in media, business and politics, and whether advances in digital media have increased the successes of women entrepreneurs. 

 David S. Hong, Assistant Professor for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research

Hong's research centers on the biological underpinnings of sex differences in neurodevelopment, with the goal of ultimately applying this knowledge to clinical practice. A significant portion of his research focuses on sex-specific determinants to neurodevelopment and cognitive-behavioral outcomes. 


Yvonne Maldonado, Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Maldonado's research project examines patient satisfaction scores of physicians at the Stanford Hospitals and Clinics. By analyzing these patient scores by physician gender in both the hospital outpatient setting as well as the emergency room, she seeks to understand the role of gender in evaluations of medical care. 


Patricia Kim Phuong Nguyen, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Patricia Nguyen studies the biological mechanisms responsible for sex differences in cardiovascular disease including myocarditis, coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure. CAD, a major cause of morbidity in men and women, is significantly increased after women reach menopause. Her reasearch uses next generation sequencing to study the effects of sex hormones on endothelial cells in men and women.

David Palumbo-Liu, Professor of Comparative Literature

Palumbo-Liu is working to investigate ways educational institutions of higher education can design, advocate for and establish programs that address the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault. How can we effect cultural and social change to help prevent sexual harassment and assault in the first place? Most important—how can we make all community members take ownership and responsibility for this? 

 Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life

Shaw's research looks at women and leadership in religious institutions, assessing where research on women and leadership in other fields applies to religious contexts, and where it does not. 



Christina D. Smolke, Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering

Smolke's research program develops foundational tools that drive transformative advances in our ability to engineer biology. Her group has led the development of a novel class of biological I/O devices, fundamentally changing how we interact with and program biology. She also investigates gender implications in identifying and screening top applicants in the School of Engineering Department. 


Our faculty research fellows will be sharing their current work during Faculty Fellows Lunch talks throughout the year. Please check our website for more information on upcoming events.