Center for race and ethnicity studies gets new top director, 13 fellows

L.A. Cicero Elizabeth Wahl

Elizabeth Wahl

A new executive director and 13 fellows join the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) this academic year.

Elizabeth Wahl, who was the associate director of Stanford's Humanities Center from 2002 to 2005, took the helm of CCSRE last month. She succeeds Dorothy Steele, who left Stanford during the summer.

The center's new fellows in residence are divided into four groups. The four external faculty fellows are professors from other universities who share a comparative, multidisciplinary approach to the study of race, ethnicity and culture. They each receive a stipend of $45,000 and will do independent research, complete manuscripts and participate in CCSRE events. They are Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, associate professor of Chicana/o studies, University of California-Davis; Melissa Michelson, associate professor of political science, California State University-East Bay; Celine Parreñas Shimizu, associate professor of Asian American studies, UC- Santa Barbara; and Garcia Tendayi Viki, senior lecturer in psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury.

Three graduate dissertation fellows are Stanford graduate students who receive $27,265 to work on writing their dissertations. They are doctoral candidates Lori Flores, history; Ramah McKay, anthropology; and Emily Ryo, sociology.

Three Stanford teaching fellows will serve as teaching assistants for CCSRE faculty or teach their own independent courses. The teaching fellows are doctoral candidates Brenda Frink, history; Ju Yon Kim, modern thought and literature; and Rand Quinn, education. They each receive a $21,525 stipend.

Lastly, three new doctoral students were named as graduate fellows. They are Alyssa Fu, psychology; Luis Poza, education; and Maribel Santiago, education.