VPUE recently completed searches for new faculty directors for two critical units in undergraduate education. Both roles will begin in September 2019. Below are announcements that were issued by Vice Provost Harry Elam to VPUE staff as well as others connected to these signature programs.
Stanford Introductory Studies
Faculty Director Appointment: Dan Edelstein, William H. Bonsall Professor of French
I'm excited to share that Dan Edelstein, the William H. Bonsall Professor of French in Stanford's Department of French and Italian, will become VPUE’s Faculty Director for Stanford Introductory Studies beginning in the Fall Quarter of 2019. Dan will work closely with SIS Director Ellen Woods on sustaining and enhancing the excellent programs offered in SIS and on implementing any related initiatives that emerge from the University’s Long-Range Planning process.
Dan has been deeply involved with the betterment of undergraduate education at Stanford since his arrival in 2004. He currently is chair of the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at Stanford, and has been The W. Warren Shelden University Fellow in Undergraduate Education since 2013. He is also the director of the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute and co-directs Stanford's Humanities Core program. In addition, he is again serving as faculty director of the Education as Self-Fashioning (ESF) program this academic year. He was ESF’s faculty director in 2016-17 as well.
Dan's courses at Stanford 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. He received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching—Stanford's highest teaching honor—in 2006, as well as the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011.
During Spring Quarter 2019, Dan is serving as faculty-in-residence for BOSP’s Florence program.
Dan has previously been a member of VPUE’s Breadth Governance Board, the Bing Overseas Studies Program Faculty Oversight Committee, the Undergraduate Advisory Council (UGAC), and he has been awarded multiple VPUE Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research over the past two decades.
Most recently, Dan has been co-chair of the Long-Range-Planning Design Team "The First Year: Exploration & Shared Intellectual Experience" along with former VPUE Senior Associate Vice Provost Sarah Church. Their group will present recommendations to the Board of Trustees in June. (You can view Dan in this recent Stanford video
highlighting the work of the First Year Design Team, along with ResX and Future of the Major.)
Dan received his Ph.D. in French from the University of Pennsylvania and his Licence ès Lettres—or baccalaureate—in French, English, and Latin from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
He recently wrote On the Spirit of Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2018)—a book on the history of natural and human rights from the wars of religion to the age of revolution. His first book, The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009), won the 2009 Oscar Kenshur Book Prize. He also wrote The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and has edited six volumes of essays.
Please join me in welcoming Dan to VPUE!
Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP)
Faculty Director Appointment: Aron Rodrigue, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History
I'm pleased to share that Aron Rodrigue, the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, will become the Burke Family Director for Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) beginning in the Fall Quarter of 2019.
Aron is a true global citizen. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, he spent time during his youth studying abroad in the United Kingdom and France. As a faculty member, he has taught in universities in France and Germany, including the École Pratique des Hautes Études – Sorbonne and the Stanford in Paris program. In 2013, he received the honor of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture.
Aron received his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Harvard University and a B.A. in history from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Prior to arriving at Stanford in 1991, he taught at Indiana University.
A historian of the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean region with a focus on the Jewish communities, Aron has taught undergraduate courses including Jews among Muslims in Modern Times, Modern Turkey, The Holocaust, and Food and Global History.
BOSP leadership has been working closely with Aron for much of the past decade. He has served on the BOSP Executive Committee since 2012, was chair of the Istanbul Program Oversight Faculty Committee from 2012-15, and chair of the Review Committee of the Beijing Program during 2015-16.
Aron also has 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 (Ways) breadth system for undergraduates. He is also the former director of the Stanford Humanities Center and the Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities from 2008-13, and was chair of the Department of History from 2005-08. In addition, he was the co-director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies from 2001-05 and was director of the Mediterranean Studies Forum in the Division of International and Comparative Studies from 2005-10.
He has authored several books including Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries, which has been translated into 12 languages. Aron has also written nearly 30 journal articles and was the co-editor of the Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series—comprised of 81 published books—with Stanford University Press from 1996-2013.
Please join me in welcoming Aron to this leadership role within BOSP.