Jisha Menon to lead the Stanford Arts Institute

Jisha Menon

JISHA MENON, associate professor of theater and performance studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, is the newly appointed Denning Faculty Director of the Stanford Arts Institute (SAI).

Menon will continue to teach, and she also remains director of Stanford’s Center for South Asia. She is affiliated with the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in Modern Thought and Literature and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Under Menon’s leadership, SAI will continue to host and foster the university-wide working group on Creative Cities, the Honors in the Arts capstone program and the Arts Immersion trip and course. SAI also will continue to collaborate with university partners on programs, trips and workshops designed to support art and arts education at Stanford. Menon is currently working on a new initiative on Arts and Justice with a special focus this year on race and incarceration.

“Arts allow us to imagine worlds that we can aspire toward,” Menon said. “Their impact is nothing short of transformational – both to the self and to society. Arts are integral to the shaping of a more just and humane world. I am excited to find ways to think through the arts and foster relationships with schools and departments across campus.”