Faculty directors appointed for signature undergraduate programs

Two signature programs for undergraduate students – Stanford Introductory Studies and the Bing Overseas Studies Program – will welcome new faculty directors in Fall 2019, Harry J. Elam, Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education, has announced.

DAN EDELSTEIN, professor of French, will become faculty director of Stanford Introductory Studies, which manages required and elective academic programs for first- and second-year students, including Thinking Matters, Introductory Seminars, Education as Self-Fashioning, Sophomore College and Arts Intensive.

Dan Edelstein
Dan Edelstein

He will succeed RUSSELL BERMAN, professor of comparative literature and German Studies, who has overseen the program since 2008.

ARON RODRIGUE, professor of history, will become the Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program, which offers quarter-long programs, as well as short-term overseas seminars and faculty-initiated programs, around the world.

He will succeed RAMÓN SALDÍVAR, professor of English and comparative literature, who has been the program’s faculty director since Fall 2012.

Edelstein to oversee Stanford Introductory Studies

Edelstein, who arrived at Stanford in 2004, is the William H. Bonsall Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian. He has been deeply involved in the betterment of undergraduate education since his arrival.

Currently, Edelstein is the chair of the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages. He is the director of the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute and co-directs Stanford’s Humanities Core program. He is the faculty director of the Education as Self-Fashioning Program. He is also the co-chair of the Long-Range-Planning Design Team, “The First Year: Exploration & Shared Intellectual Experience.”

Edelstein’s courses focus on the literature, philosophy, history, culture and politics of the Enlightenment; 19th-century novels; the French Revolution; early-modern political thought; and French intellectual culture. In 2006, he received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching – Stanford’s highest teaching honor. In 2011, he received the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

This quarter, Edelstein is serving as faculty-in-residence in the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Florence, where he is teaching Reinventing Republicanism: How Florence Turned an Ancient Idea into a Revolutionary Project.

Aron Rodrigue
Aron Rodrigue

He has authored several books, including On the Spirit of Rights, a book on the history of natural and human rights from the wars of religion to the age of revolution.

Rodrigue to oversee Bing Overseas Studies Program

Rodrigue, who arrived at Stanford in 1991, is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History in the History Department in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

A historian of the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean region with a focus on Jewish communities, Rodrigue has taught many undergraduate courses, including Jews Among Muslims in Modern Times, Modern Turkey, The Holocaust and Food and Global History.

Rodrigue, who was born in Istanbul, Turkey, spent time during his youth studying abroad in the United Kingdom and France. As a faculty member, he taught in universities in Germany and France, including the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. In 1996-97, he also taught in the Stanford in Paris program, where he was faculty-in-residence. In 2013, he received the honor of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture.

Rodrigue has been working with the Bing Overseas Studies Program for much of the past decade. He has served on the program’s executive committee since 2012, as chair of the Istanbul Program Oversight Faculty Committees from 2012-2015 and chair of the Review Committee of the Beijing Program during 2015-16.

He has also been deeply involved in the undergraduate experience at Stanford. In 2017, he became chair of the Breadth Governance Board that oversees the Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing breadth system. He is the former director of the Stanford Humanities Center.

He is the co-author of Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries, which has been translated into 12 languages. He also served as co-editor of the Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series – comprised of 81 published books – with Stanford University Press from 1996-2013.