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Two Stanford Faculty Join CASBS Board

Robert Jackson and Tomás Jiménez
Robert Jackson and Tomás Jiménez
Nov 28 2022

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The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that two new members have joined its board of directors. Both are current Stanford faculty members, former CASBS fellows, and possess deep scholarly expertise as well as outstanding records of achievement.

All CASBS board members serve three-year, renewable terms.

Robert Jackson began his service on the CASBS board on September 1, 2022. Jackson is the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor; Professor of Earth System Science; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; and Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, at the Doerr School of Sustainability at Stanford University. He and his lab study the many ways people affect the Earth. They are currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. They are also working to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Global Carbon Project, which Jackson chairs.

As an author and photographer, Jackson has published a trade book about the environment (The Earth Remains Forever, University of Texas Press, 2002), two books of children’s poems, Animal Mischief (Boyds Mills Press, 2006) and Weekend Mischief (Highlights Magazine, 2010), and recent poems in the literary journals such as Southwest Review, Cortland Review, Cold Mountain Review, Atlanta Review, and LitHub. His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and National Geographic News. He is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the Ecological Society of America. He received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation, awarded at the White House.

Jackson was a CASBS fellow in 2019-20 and was a CASBS faculty fellow from 2020-2022. He currently is writing a trade book launched during his CASBS fellowship year. It explores technologies and behaviors that can help humanity restore the atmosphere to pre-industrial health.

Tomás Jiménez began his service on the CASBS board on September 1, 2022. Jiménez is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His latest book, States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2021, with Deborah Schildkraut, Yuen Ho, and John Dovidio) uses survey data (with an embedded experiment) and in-depth interviews to understand how state-level immigration policies shape belonging among Latino immigrants, U.S.-born Latinos, and U.S.-born whites in Arizona and New Mexico. His previous book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017), uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the U.S. to U.S.-born parents). His first book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity (University of California Press, 2010), draws on interviews and participant observation to understand how uninterrupted Mexican immigration influences the ethnic identity of later-generation Mexican Americans. The American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section selected the book for its Distinguished Book Award.

In other lines of research, Professor Jiménez examines how immigration becomes part of American national identity by studying a sample of high school US history textbooks from 1930-2007. With Marrianne Cooper (Clayman Institute, Stanford University) and Chrystal Redekopp (Laboratory for Social Research, Stanford), he is studying how Silicon Valley residents find housing in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Professor Jiménez is embarking on new research examining how governments can effectively facilitate immigrant integration. As a Stanford Impact Labs Fellow, he is developing relationships with community partner organizations that will ultimately serve as collaborators in the research.
Robert Jackson (left) and Tomás Jiménez (right)

Professor Jiménez has been named a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2017-19) and was an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation. He was the American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Michael Honda, where he served as a legislative aide for immigration, veterans’ affairs, housing, and election reform. His writing on policy has appeared in reports for the Immigration Policy Center and the Migration Policy Institute.

Most recently, Jiménez was appointed as one of two founding directors of Stanford University's new Institute on Race.

Jiménez was a CASBS fellow in 2012-13, supported by SAGE, and undertook substantial work on his book The Other Side of Assimilation while in residence. A copy of the book resides in the Center’s Ralph W. Tyler Collection.

“Rob and Tomás are very welcome additions to our board,” said CASBS interim director Woody Powell, himself a long-time Stanford faculty member. “As former fellows, they understand the value of a residential fellowship, and they deepen our connections with Stanford. Rob has been very involved in the creation of the new Doerr School of Sustainability; Tomás has deep roots with the Center on Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. It is a pleasure to work with them as we widen CASBS’s impact.”

The new additions to the CASBS board were enabled, in part, by vacancies created by other members rotating off the board. The Center gratefully acknowledges the service and contributions of outgoing board chair Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (six years of service, concluded in 2021) and board members Salar Kamangar (six years of service, concluded in 2022), Alan Lacy (six years of service, concluded in 2021), and William Neukom (nine years of service, concluded in 2021). Though Neukom rotated off the board, he retains the special title of board member, emeritus.

Notably, in May 2022 Salar Kamangar announced a naming gift of the Center’s main meeting space in honor of Margaret Levi, who stepped down after more than eight years of service as CASBS director in August 2022. The announcement and gift were reported in the spring 2022 CASBS newsletter.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar rotated off the board to become the tenth president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“We will miss the wisdom and generosity of Tino, Salar, Alan, and Bill on the board,” said CASBS board chair Abby Smith Rumsey. “They served during a critical juncture in the history of CASBS to advise and support Margaret Levi during her transformative tenure as director. Their belief in our mission to advance the social sciences in service of society, together with their reach into communities outside of the Academy, made them significant contributors to our work. I know we will call on our emeritus member Bill for his wise and humane counsel.”

Rumsey added that “special thanks go to Tino, whom I follow as board chair. He knows the important role the social sciences play in advancing a just and equitable society. I’m inspired by his ambitions for CASBS to play an even greater role in the future, both here in the Stanford community and in the wider world.”

Read extended biographies and view the full list of CASBS board members here.



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