MLA Faculty

"There is nothing like teaching a group of mature students who come to an evening seminar after a full day of having a life outside of the university. They are among the best, most engaged students I have worked with."

- Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History and, by courtesy, of French and Italian

Stanford's faculty is one of the most distinguished in the nation. It includes 17 Nobel laureates, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, 18 National Medal of Science winners, 150 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 263 members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, 94 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 31 members of the National Academy of Education. 

MLA faculty, who are recruited from among Stanford University’s most distinguished professors, are eager to share their own enthusiasm for their subjects with this group of students. In the small group setting of MLA seminars, students have the opportunity to get to know their professors in a way that many students have never before experienced.

Nicholas Jenkins

Associate Professor of English

Nicholas Jenkins writes about and teaches 20th-century culture and literature. After receiving his B.A. from Oxford, Jenkins came to the United States as a Harkness Fellow. He did postgraduate work at Columbia and was then employed as an editor and writer at ARTnews magazine in New York. He received a D.Phil. from Oxford and, after teaching in the Harvard English Department for two years, he joined the Stanford English Department in 1998. Jenkins is currently completing two projects: a critical edition of W.H. Auden's The Double Man (1941) and a book, under contract to Harvard University Press, called The Island: W.H. Auden and the Making of a Post-National Poetry. Jenkins has edited a Lincoln Kirstein Reader and co-edited and contributed to three volumes of Auden Studies. He is Series Editor of the Princeton University Press's "Facing Pages" translation series, and he regularly contributes essays and reviews to periodicals that include the London Review of Books, the Times Literary SupplementNew York Times Book Reviewthe New Republicthe New Yorker, and theYale Review. A recepient of fellowships from the ACLS and from the Stanford Humanities Center, Nicholas Jenkins is Co-Chair of the W.H. Auden Society and Literary Executor of the poet, scholar and ballet impresario Lincoln Kirstein.

Clarence Jones

Scholar in Residence, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Clarence B. Jones was a speechwriter and counsel for Martin Luther King, Jr. His work in the civil rights movement dramatically impacted the course of American history, and he has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society. Jones was the first African-American partner in a Wall Street investment banking member firm of the New York Stock Exchange, was selected twice by Fortune Magazine as "A Business Man of the Month," and founded several corporate and media-related ventures. Full bio.

Charles Junkerman

Associate Provost and Dean, Continuing Studies

Charles Junkerman received his PhD in comparative literature from UC Berkeley, and has been at Stanford since 1983. He has served as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Director of the Humanities Center, and has been Dean of Continuing Studies since 1999.  He teaches courses on American literature (especially Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman) as well as cultural studies and cultural history from the Enlightenment to the present.

Nancy Kollmann

William H. Bonsall Professor of History

Nancy Kollmann focuses on how politics worked in early modern Russian autocracy. She received her Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has been at Stanford since 1982. From 1995-2007 she served as the Director of the Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. She has taught classes in early modern Russia and Eastern Europe, covering topics such as governance, identity and national consciousness, and social values. She has taught Enlightenment in Russia for the MLA Program. Full bio

Herbert Lindenberger

Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities, Emeritus

Professor Lindenberger taught at the University of California, Riverside, at Washington University, St. Louis, before coming to Stanford in 1969 to found and be the first chair of Stanford's program in Comparative Literature.  His books have been on a wide variety of topics: Wordsworth, Georg Büchner, Georg Trakl, historical drama, critical theory, and opera.  His current project centers around his own family's history during the Holocaust. Full bio

Scotty McLennan

Dean for Religious Life

Scotty McLennan's duties as Dean for Religious Life include providing spiritual, moral, and ethical leadership for the university; teaching, encouraging a wide spectrum of religious traditions on campus; serving as the minister of Memorial Church; and engaging in public service. He holds M.Div. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University, and since 1975 has been a Unitarian Universalist minister and an attorney. Dean McLennan is the author of Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999). Full bio

Eric Morris

Practitioner-in-Residence and Lecturer at Stanford's Ford Dorsey Program in International Studies

Most recently Eric Morris served as the United Nations Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias following the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004.  He headed the New York office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 2002 to 2005.  In 2000-2001, he served simultaneously as Special Envoy in the Balkans of the High Commissioner for Refugees and as UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Kosovo.  In 1998-1999, he was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on police and judicial reform issues.  He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, an MA from Yale University and a BA from Baylor University. Full bio

Thomas S. Mullaney

Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History

Thomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, and received his Ph.D. in History in 2006 from Columbia University. He is the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (University of California Press, 2011, Foreword by Benedict Anderson). This book charts the history of China’s 1954 Ethnic Classification project (minzu shibie), a joint social scientific-Communist state expedition wherein a group of ethnologists, linguists, and Party cadres traveled to the most ethnically diverse province in the People’s Republic to determine which minority communities would and would not be officially recognized by the state. He is also principal editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority, a pathbreaking volume that examines China’s majority ethnonational group. His current book project, The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History, examines China’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of a character-based information infrastructure encompassing Chinese telegraphy, typewriting, character retrieval systems, shorthand, Braille, word processing, and computing. He is also the founding editor of Dissertation Reviews, an online scholarly community that features recently defended dissertations in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Alexander Nemerov

Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities

A scholar of American art, Nemerov writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today. Committed to teaching the history of art more broadly as well as topics in American visual culture--the history of American photography, for example--he is a noted writer and speaker on the arts. His most recent books are To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (2011), the catalogue to the exhibition of the same title he curated at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (2010). His latest book is Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s.

David Palumbo-Liu

Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of Comparative Literature

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford. His most recent books are The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age and a co-edited volume, Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture. He is the founding editor of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and also founded and directs the TeachingHumanRights.org collaboration. Palumbo-Liu is a contributing editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books and blogs for Truthout, The Nation, Salon, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and others. See www.palumbo-liu.com. Twitter: @palumboliu