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Three new faculty directors join SGS

Stanford University Campus
Apr 17 2019

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Announcements, Faculty

In the 2019-20 academic year, three Stanford Global Studies (SGS) centers and programs will welcome new faculty directors, and Professor Jeremy M. Weinstein will be returning as the Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director of SGS. Read about the new directors below, and please join us in welcoming them to the SGS community!

Kenneth Schultz

Program in International Relations

Kenneth A Schultz

Returning as the faculty director of the Program in International Relations is Kenneth Schultz, a professor of political science at Stanford University.  He previously served as the director of international relations from 2005-11. 

Schultz's research seeks to understand the causes of violent conflict between and within states.  Recent topics include the sources of state preferences over territory, the effects of polarization on U.S. foreign policy, and the influence of climate on civil conflict risk.  He is the author of Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy and World Politics: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions (with David Lake and Jeffry Frieden), as well as numerous articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.  He was the recipient of the 2003 Karl Deutsch Award, given by the International Studies Association, and a 2011 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, awarded by Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.  Schultz received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.


Dafna Zur

Center for East Asian Studies

Daphna Zur

The Center for East Asian Studies welcomes new faculty director Dafna Zur, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures at Stanford University. She teaches courses on Korean literature, cinema, and popular culture. Her book, Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea (Stanford University Press, October 2017), traces the affective investments and coded aspirations made possible by children’s literature in colonial and postcolonial Korea. She has published articles on North Korean science fiction, the Korean War in North and South Korean children’s literature, childhood in cinema, and Korean popular culture. Her translations have been published in The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Short Storiesand the Asia Literary Review. Dafna Zur received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Asian studies from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Amir Weiner

Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

Amir Weiner

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies welcomes new faculty director Amir Weiner, an associate professor in the Department of History at Stanford University. Amir Weiner's research concerns Soviet history with an emphasis on the interaction between totalitarian politics, ideology, nationality, and society. In 2018, he published War, Revolution, and Governance: The Baltic Countries in the Twentieth Century, a collection of essays that explores key junctures in the history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. His forthcoming book, The KGB: A New History, will be published by Yale University Press in 2020. Professor Weiner has taught courses on modern Russian history; Mass Violence in the Modern Era; the Origins of Totalitarianism; War and Society in Modern Europe; Modern Ukrainian History; and History and Memory. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Columbia University and a B.A. in Russian studies and international relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.