Roland Hsu named new associate director of the Stanford Humanities Center

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Roland Hsu (Photo: Kent Safford)

Earlier this month ROLAND HSU, a scholar in European history, assumed the role of associate director of the Stanford Humanities Center.

Before joining the Humanities Center on Oct. 4, Hsu was associate director of the Europe Center, a program of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies.

In his more than seven years of research and administrative leadership there, Hsu helped build the Europe Center from its founding as the European Forum, through its subsequent growth to the Forum on Contemporary Europe, and finally to its position as a full research center at FSI.

Hsu’s current research focuses on immigration and ethnic identity formation. His publications combine humanistic and social science methods and materials to uncover the history and contemporary crises of mass movements of peoples, political responses, and experience of dislocation and integration.

In his role at the Europe Center, Hsu was dedicated to fostering humanities research and to bringing creative and multidisciplinary thinking to the challenge of international cultural dialogue. Hsu sees his Humanities Center appointment as an opportunity to continue to widen the bridge that connects Stanford researchers in the humanities and the social sciences.

“At Stanford,” Hsu noted, “we have a rich community of humanists in multiple departments, centers and schools who are committed to addressing today’s social, political, local and international crises.”

Hsu, who received his doctorate in modern European history from the University of Chicago, is looking forward to supporting the Humanities Center as the “indispensable hub for humanists, social scientists and colleagues across Stanford and beyond that fosters partnerships and advances our understanding of our history and changing world.”

In addition to developing multiple research scholar exchanges and fellowships for residencies at the Europe Center, Hsu cultivated institutional partnerships with more than six European universities for ongoing cooperative programming and scholar exchange.

CAROLINE WINTERER, director of the Humanities Center, praised Hsu’s “breadth of academic and administrative experience which will have an immediate impact on the fellows, staff and programs at the Center.  We are thrilled to have him join us.”

Hsu succeeds KATJA ZELLJADT, who served as associate director of the Humanities Center from 2010 to 2013. She resigned the position in September to relocate with her family to Washington, D.C.

—CORRIE GOLDMAN, The Humanities at Stanford