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.

Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr.

Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, and Perry L. McCarty Director & Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Professor Thompson is a founding director of the Woods Institute for the Environment, which brings together faculty from around Stanford to solve global environmental challenges.  He is an expert on water law and policy and currently serves as Special Master for the United States Supreme Court in Montana v. Wyoming, an interstate water dispute focusing on the waters of the Yellowstone River System.  He is the author of leading text books on water, the environment, and property, and has published articles on such diverse topics as water markets, land conservation, climate adaptation, fisheries management, and cognitive barriers to effective regulation.  Thompson is chairman of the board of the Resources Legacy Fund and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, a California trustee for The Nature Conservancy, and a board members of both the American Farmland Trust and the Sonoran Institute. 

Stuart Thompson

Professor of Biology (Hopkins Marine Station)

Peter Vitousek

Clifford G. Morrison Professor in Population & Resource Studies, and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at FSI and the Woods Institute

Peter Vitousek has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1984. His research interests include: understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Hawaiian agriculture and society before European contact; and working to make fertilizer applications more efficient and less environmentally damaging (especially in rapidly growing economies). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the 2010 Japan Prize. He is director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and co-director of the First Nations Futures Institute.

Caroline Winterer

Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics

Professor Winterer is an intellectual and cultural historian of early America in its transatlantic contexts. Her focus is the history of scholarship, books, reading, libraries, and education, as well as the history of art and material culture. She is currently working on Stanford’s collaborative Mapping the Republic of Letters project, which is digitally mapping some of the major European and American correspondence networks and libraries of the early modern scholarly world (1500-1800). As part of this project she is mapping the extensive correspondence network of Benjamin Franklin, as well as the holdings of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the leading library of Enlightenment America. Full bio

Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano

Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Professor Yarbro-Bejarano is interested in Chicana/o cultural studies with an emphasis on gender and q