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Three new faculty directors join SGS programs in 2018-19

Jul 17 2018

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Announcements, Faculty

Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, Professors Anna Grzymala-Busse and Jessica Riskin will assume leadership of The Europe Center and the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, respectively. The Taube Center for Jewish Studies will welcome back Professor Charlotte Fonrobert, who is returning from sabbatical. Read more about the new faculty directors below, and please join us in welcoming them to the SGS community!


Charlotte Fonrobert is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, of Classics and of German Studies. She specializes in Judaism: talmudic literature and culture. Her interests include gender in Jewish culture; the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity; the discourses of orthodoxy versus heresy; the connection between religion and space; and rabbinic conceptions of Judaism with respect to GrecoRoman culture. 


Anna Grzymala-Busse is the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies and a Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Her research interests include political parties, state development and transformation, informal political institutions, religion and politics, and post-communist politics.


Jessica Riskin is a Professor of History specializing in Early Modern and Modern Europe as well as the history of science. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught at MIT for several years before coming to Stanford, and has also taught at Sciences Po, Paris. Her research interests include early modern science, politics and culture and the history of scientific explanation.