Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences fellows for 2017-18 include five from Stanford

Susan Holmes
Susan Holmes is among the five Stanford faculty members recently named fellows at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Among the 38 2017-18 fellows recently announced by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) are five faculty members from Stanford.

The center, located on Alta Road, offers a fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Members of the new fellowship class come from 25 institutions in the United States and six abroad.

The fellows represent a diversity of fields, including architecture, communication, economics, electrical engineering/applied physics, environmental science, history, journalism, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology and statistics.

The five Stanford faculty are members are SUSAN HOLMES, professor of statistics; SARAH OGILVIE, lecturer in linguistics; NATHANIEL PERSILY, the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law; DEBRA SATZ, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society; and BETH VAN SCHAACK, the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School.

  • Holmes will focus on the problem of reproducible research when using modern statistics and hopes to finish a book based on the “Thinking Matters” course she teaches, Breaking Codes and Finding Patterns.
  • Ogilvie will conduct research on the language of the “iGeneration” and, in particular, how language reflects the influence of technology on the values, mindsets and norms of people born after 1995.
  • Persily will be writing a book expanding on the subject he explored in a recent Journal of Democracy article, “Can Democracy Survive the Internet?”
  • Satz plans to spend the year developing a book examining the radical implications and limits of equality of opportunity as an idea and will look at the political, ethical and economic case that can be made on behalf of workplace democracy.
  • Van Schaack will be studying how the international community can better design and implement bespoke responses to communities at acute risk of mass violence, full-blown crises like Syria and situations emerging from episodes of bloodshed.
Beth Van Schaack
Beth Van Schaack

“The fellows program lies at the heart of the CASBS enterprise,” said SALLY SCHROEDER, the center’s associate director. “Fellows represent all that is great about this place. It’s imperative that we continue to attract the highest quality, innovative thinkers, and we’re confident we’ve reached that standard of excellence once again with the 2017-18 class.”

Other notable fellows include JOHN MARKOFF, the recently retired technology journalist for the New York Times; and ARATI PRABHAKAR, who served as head of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 2012 to 2017. Markoff and Prabhakar will be featured speakers in a panel discussion at CASBS devoted to artificial intelligence, automation and their impacts on humans and society. The free public event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Read more on the CASBS website.