University of Helsinki
S. M. Amadae is working on the book project Neoliberal Seeds of Illberalism: Nordic Alternatives. This research seeks to understand the recent global transition to illiberal hybrid autocratic forms of government and to identify practical interventions consistent with values of participatory governance, a free press, and inclusive economic prosperity. It draws on previous and ongoing research into late modern capitalist democracy which identifies neoliberal expressions of political economy in contrast to classical liberal forms spanning the right (e.g. Robert Nozick) and the left (John Rawls). It investigates how neoliberal forms of political economy are inherently illiberal. Amadae draws on current research in Finland and the Nordic countries to put forward a non-utopian alternative based on existing practices of democratic governance, free trade, and the welfare state model.
Amadae is currently a university lecturer in politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland and also holds appointments as research affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge; and research affiliate in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. Her publications include Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the award winning Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2003). Amadae recently contributed to The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Strategic Stability and Nuclear Risk (SIPRI, 2019) from the perspective of reducing existential risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war. Other research initiatives include developing a model to better understand a mechanism of structural discrimination.
Amadae is a research affiliate in 2020-21, and a Berggruen fellow at CASBS in 2019-20.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
As a research affiliate in 2020-21, Jake Bowers will continue working on the CASBS Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab (CISIL) and the CASBS Behavioral Insights Summer Workshop. CISIL aims to improve causal evaluation of public policies.
Bowers is an associate professor of political science and statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a fellow with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, a fellow with the Office of Evaluation Sciences http://oes.gsa.gov/, and is currently a senior scientist with the Brown Policy Lab (https://thepolicylab.brown.edu/). He is methods director and board member for the Evidence in Government and Politics network (http://egap.org) and co-founder of Research4Impact (http://r4impact.org). His research in applied statistics and political methodology focuses on questions about statistical inference for causal effects in both randomized field experiments and observational studies. Bowers was a CASBS fellow in 2018-19 and a research affiliate in 2017-18 and in 2019-20.
Visit the following website for more information about his work: http://jakebowers.org
Paul Brest is former dean and professor emeritus (active) at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, faculty director of the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000 to 2012.
He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (Stanford University Press, 2018, 2nd ed.), Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (Oxford University Press, 2010), and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He created the online interactive course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, on Stanford’s Lagunita platform and is the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.
Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and did civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi. Brest is a faculty fellow in 2020-21. He was a fellow in 1983-84, and has been a faculty fellow since 2018-19.
Public Affairs, Public Policy and Urban Studies
King County Government
During her year as research affiliate, Carrie Cihak will continue to co-lead CASBS’s Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab (CISIL) with research affiliate Jake Bowers, thereby advancing evidence-informed policymaking practices that support sustained and meaningful collaboration between academic researchers and policymakers, including between Stanford University and King County.
Cihak currently leads evidence-informed practice and partnerships for King County Metro, one of the largest transit agencies in the United States, guiding a focus on mobility outcomes and impact, particularly for low-income populations. This past year, she was also detailed to support the county’s COVID-19 response. Cihak served for eight years as Chief of Policy for the King County Executive, responsible for identifying the highest priority policy areas and community outcomes for leadership focus and for developing and launching innovative solutions to issues that are complex, controversial and cross-sectoral. Cihak is architect of some of the administration’s key initiatives such as Best Starts for Kids and served as sponsor for the county’s nationally-recognized work on equity and social justice. Prior to her work in Executive Constantine’s administration, Cihak served for eight years as a senior-level analyst for the King County Council and as lead staff for the King County Board of Health. Cihak is trained as a PhD-level (ABD—University of Michigan) economist specializing in Japan, and served as staff economist on international trade and finance for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. Cihak serves as a Local Government Fellow with Results for America, was a policy fellow at CASBS in 2017-18, and a research affiliate since 2018-19.
Shelley Correll is a member of the CASBS project “Addressing Sexual Violence Through Institutional Courage.” Her research in this area seeks to understand how the actions of organizational leaders can reduce sexual violence in their organizations. More generally, Correll’s research is focused on identifying and reducing the biases and barriers to gender equality in professional work. She is currently conducting research in partnership with several technology and other high-status companies (https://womensleadership.stanford.edu/corporate/members) to evaluate interventions designed to promote “small wins” that can be leveraged to produced large scale improvements in organizational inclusion and gender and other forms of diversity (Reducing gender biases in modern workplaces: A small wins approach to organizational change. and https://womensleadership.stanford.edu/research).
At Stanford, Correll is the Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden Family Professor of Women’s Leadership, professor of sociology, professor of organizational behavior (by courtesy), director of the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Lab, and a member of the design team for the Social X-Change Initiative, an initiative dedicated to creating pathways from social science research to social impact.
Correll was a CASBS fellow in 2015-16, and has been a faculty fellow since 2019-20.
Estelle Freedman’s current research project expands upon the legal approach in her book Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Harvard University Press, 2015), by exploring digitized oral history collections as sources for understanding the personal history of assault, rape, and harassment. She is working on methodological and historical essays interpreting sexual memories, sexual silences, and the changing language of sexual trauma across diverse groups of narrators.
Freedman’s past scholarship has focused on the histories of women, sexuality, feminism, and social movements. In addition to two books on the history of women’s prison reform in the U.S., she is the author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (Ballantine Books, 2002) and the co-author (with John D'Emilio) of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and the editor of the Essential Feminist Reader (Modern Library, 2007). She earned her BA at Barnard College, and MA and PhD degrees in U.S. history at Columbia University.
Freedman holds the Edgar E. Robinson chair in U.S. history at Stanford, where she co-founded the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is participating as a member in the CASBS project “Addressing Sexual Violence Through Institutional Courage.” She was a fellow at CASBS in 2009-10 and 2018-19, and has been a faculty fellow since 2019-20.
For more information, you can find her CV at http://ebf.stanford.edu/cv.html
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robert Gibbons is Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and professor in MIT’s department of economics. His research and teaching concern the design and performance of organized activities, especially “relational contracts” (informal agreements so rooted in the parties’ circumstances that they cannot be adjudicated by courts). Organized activities may occur not only within firms, but also between firms (e.g. supply relationships, alliances, joint ventures) or beyond firms (e.g. hospitals, schools, government agencies).
Since 2002, Gibbons has been co-principal investigator of MIT Sloan’s Program on Innovation in Markets and Organizations and founding director of the working group in organizational economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was co-editor (with John Roberts) of The Handbook of Organizational Economics (Princeton University Press, 2013) and a board member of the Citicorp Behavioral Science Research Council (1994-2000) and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2000-06).
Since 2016, Gibbons and Woody Powell (Stanford University) have co-run a summer institute at CASBS on organizations and their effectiveness. In 2020-21, they will engage interested fellows with summer scholars who return for short stints at CASBS. Gibbons is a research affiliate and was a CASBS fellow in 1994-95 and 2014-15.
David Grusky’s research addresses the changing structure of late-industrial inequality and takes on such topics as the role of market failure in explaining income inequality, recent trends in economic and social mobility, the surprising persistence of extreme gender inequality, and new ways to improve the country’s infrastructure for monitoring poverty, inequality, and mobility.
At Stanford University, Grusky is the Edward Ames Edmonds Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, professor of sociology, senior fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, faculty fellow of the Center for Population Health Sciences, director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and coeditor of Pathways Magazine. Grusky is a former CASBS fellow (class of 1991-92) and has been a faculty fellow since 2017-18.
Michael J. Hiscox will be working on the “Future of Capitalism” initiative. He plans to spend the year examining the ways businesses are responding to new and growing pressures to do good (by improving environmental and social outcomes) at the same time as they do well (by making profits and increasing shareholder value). Firms are now expected to earn a “social license to operate” and play a role in helping communities address issues as diverse as climate change, human rights, poverty, discrimination, and privacy in ways not required by formal government regulations. Many leading companies and new social enterprises are targeting a “triple bottom line” and building sustainability and accountability into their core business models. The research at CASBS will examine when and how firms that do good can also do well.
Hiscox is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the department of government, Harvard University. At Harvard he is the founding director of the Sustainability, Transparency, Accountability Research (STAR) Lab and a faculty member of the Behavioral Insights Group at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. He is also a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. While on leave from Harvard between 2015 and 2017, Hiscox was the founding director of the Behavioural Economics Team (BETA) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government. He continues to serve as an adviser to BETA.
His past research has examined international trade and immigration policy, economic development, global supply chains, corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives, and policies addressing economic, social, and public health issues in several countries. In recent years, working with governments, non-profit organizations, and corporations, he has designed and implemented randomized trials to evaluate a wide range of government policies, company initiatives, and programs administered by non-profit organizations in the United States, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire.
Hiscox is a research affiliate and was a Berggruen fellow at CASBS in 2019-20.
Daniel E. Ho is the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. His scholarship centers on quantitative empirical legal studies, with a substantive focus on administrative law, regulatory policy, antidiscrimination law, and courts. He received his JD from Yale Law School and PhD in political science from Harvard University and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Ho served as president for the Society of Empirical Legal Studies (2011-12), and as co-editor of the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization (2013-16). He is associate director of Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and directs the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab (RegLab) at Stanford. Ho has been a faculty fellow at CASBS since 2017-18.
John Irons, a research affiliate at CASBS, is a fellow at the think tank New America, a digital fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and is affiliated with the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School. His current research interests are broad, and includes how technology is shaping market systems and work. While at CASBS, he will connect with the Creating a New Moral Political Economy project.
Prior to his current roles, he was most recently director of Inclusive Economies and Future of Work at the Ford Foundation, leading grant making teams supporting U.S. and global efforts to create economic opportunities and ensure that prosperity is widely shared. Before joining Ford, Irons was managing director of Global Markets at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading initiatives in the U.S. and globally with a focus on employment. Prior to that, Irons worked at several D.C.-based think tanks, and as a tenure track assistant professor of economics at Amherst College. He authored numerous reports and articles on a range of economic topics including tax and budget policy, labor markets, and macroeconomic policy; and has appeared in a variety of media outlets.
Irons was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, as well as a graduate fellowship from the Harvard/MIT Research Training Group in Positive Political Economy. He won several awards for his economics websites, including top‐5 awards from The Economist and Forbes. He served on the Committee on Electronic Publishing of the American Economic Association, and served on the board of nonprofit institutions, including the Coalition on Human Needs, and was elected to the Board of Governors of the National Economists Club in Washington D.C. Irons holds a BA with high honors in economics from Swarthmore College, and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert Jackson is an Earth and environmental scientist (jacksonlab.stanford.edu). At CASBS, he plans to analyze relationships of energy use with environmental, economic, and health-related outcomes, including life expectancy, infant mortality, pollution, happiness, diet, and more.
Jackson is the Douglas Provostial Professor 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 (https://www.globalcarbonproject.org/), which Jackson chairs. Examples of new activities include establishing a global network of methane tower measurements at more than 60 sites worldwide and measuring and reducing methane emissions from oil and gas wells, city streets, and homes and buildings.
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. He hopes to complete a new poetry volume about the environment during his time at CASBS. His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and National Geographic News. Jackson is a faculty fellow and was a fellow in 2019-20.
James Holland Jones is an associate professor of earth system science and a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Originally trained as an anthropologist, he has additional training and expertise in demography, statistics, and epidemiology. Jones works on a variety of projects relating to human decision-making and population phenomena, including the analysis of livelihood-based changes in mobility in response to climate change and their implications for the transmission dynamics of sexually-transmitted infections, the coupled dynamics of behavior-change and COVID-19 transmission, the role of dynamic exchange networks in managing environmental risks among subsistence populations, the reconstruction of prehistoric demographic patterns and how these inform debates about climate-mediated collapse, and the impact of structural racism on epidemic outcomes.
Jones also has a broad interest in the intersection of evolutionary and economic theory, which served as the foundation for his CASBS fellowship in 2015-16. Having taken a hiatus on the book project to develop more basic theory on the subject, he is back to working on The Most Rational People in the World.
He teaches classes, both within Stanford Earth and for Human Biology, such as “Global Change and Emerging Infectious Disease,” “Biological and Social Networks,” “Demography and Life History Theory,” and “Adaptation.” He also teaches a freshman seminar that goes by the same name as his book project, “The Most Rational People in the World.” Along with his wife, Libra Hilde (CASBS class of 2017-18), he is a resident fellow at Castaño House.
As a faculty fellow an 2020-21, Jones will co-lead the new program on nature-human-machine partnerships. He hopes to bring not only his interest in evolving coupled-socio-ecological systems but his obsession with CliFi to this task (https://theinterval.org/salon-talks/02019/jan/29/science-climate-fiction-jones-clifi).
For more information, please find his website at: https://heeh.stanford.edu
Roberta Katz, a senior research scholar at CASBS, coordinates an interdisciplinary set of scholars who are examining the cultural norms and values of those born during and after the mid-1990s, an age group that has been denominated “Generation Z.” The research looks closely at the traits that define the Generation Z culture, both in and outside the United States, and at the historical trends that have influenced the enculturation of members of this group.
Katz holds a PhD in anthropology as well as a law degree, and was previously the General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Corporation (now AT&T Wireless) and then of Netscape Corporation. For thirteen years, she served under Stanford University Presidents John Hennessy and Marc Tessier-Lavigne as the associate vice president for strategic planning at Stanford. She also served as President Tessier-Lavigne’s interim chief of staff until early 2017. Katz has been deeply involved in the facilitation of a variety of interdisciplinary research initiatives at Stanford, and she is a current member of the CASBS board of directors. She is also currently chair of the board of the Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco.
Robert O. Keohane is professor of international affairs, emeritus at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He is the author of After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 1984/2005) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (Psychology Press, 2002). He is co-author (with Joseph S. Nye, Jr.) of Power and Interdependence (Pearson Higher Ed, 1977/2012), and (with Gary King and Sidney Verba) of Designing Social Inquiry (Princeton University Press, 1994). He has served as the editor of International Organization and as president of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. He won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 1989, and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, 2005. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences; he is a corresponding member of the British Academy.
Keohane has been a research affiliate at CASBS since 2018-19, working on the politics of climate change. He was a fellow in 1977-78, 1987-88 and 2004-05.
Josiah Ober holds the Constantine Mitsotakis Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he divides his time and academic appointment between the departments of classics and political science. He teaches courses on topics conjoining history, classical philosophy, and political theory, institutions, values, and practices.
Before coming to Stanford, Ober taught at Princeton University (1990-2006) and at Montana State University (1980-1990). His academic work focuses on the history, theory, and practice of self-governing organizations (ancient and modern), on the circulation of social and technical knowledge in democratic societies, and on the interplay between political philosophy and culture. He is author of a number of books, including, recently, Demopolis: Democracy before Liberalism in Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2017), The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (Princeton University Press, 2015), and Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens (Princeton University Press, 2008). His books have been translated into French, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, and Chinese.
He is currently working on a book on “deliberation, strategy, and choice in ancient Greek social thought,” and on a project on ancient and modern urbanization and economic development. A recent interview, focusing on his work on democratic theory, can be found here: https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/makes-democracy-intrinsically-valuable-talking-josiah-ober/
Ober has been a faculty fellow since 2017-18. He was a fellow in 2004-05, and a board member from 2014-17.
Sarah Ogilvie, a research affiliate at CASBS, is senior research fellow at the University of Oxford. She is a linguist, lexicographer, and computer scientist who works at the intersection of technology and the social sciences. She is director of the Dictionary Lab at Oxford and her books include Words of the World: A Global History of the OED and Keeping Languages Alive (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Before Oxford, she taught linguistics at Stanford and Cambridge Universities, and worked at Amazon's innovation lab in Silicon Valley.
Ogilvie’s research at CASBS focuses on the language, cultural norms, and values of those born during and after the mid-1990s, an age group that has been called “Generation Z” or the “iGeneration”. The iGen Project is hosted by CASBS and funded by the Knight Foundation. Its interdisciplinary research team comprises Ogilvie, Roberta Katz, Jane Shaw and Linda Woodhead. Ogilvie was a Berggruen fellow at CASBS in 2017-18.
For more information, visit her webpage: http://www.hmc.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-sarah-ogilvie/
Nate Persily’s scholarship focuses on voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, redistricting, and election administration. His current work, for which he has been honored as an Andrew Carnegie and CASBS fellow (class of 2017-18), examines the impact of changing technology on political communication, campaigns, and election administration. He is currently writing a book expanding on the subject he explored in a recent article in the Journal of Democracy, “Can Democracy Survive the Internet?” In addition, he currently co-chairs Social Science One (with Harvard professor and former CASBS board of directors member Gary King), an international effort to examine the impact of social media on democracy by providing Facebook data, in a secure, privacy-protected format, to social scientists around the world.
Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments in the departments of political science, communication, and the Freeman Spogli Institute. He also is the founding co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center and (with Frank Fukuyama) the Project on Democracy and the Internet. He also serves on the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. He is co-author of the leading election law casebook, The Law of Democracy (Foundation Press, 2016). He has served as a special master or court-appointed expert to craft legislative districting plans for many states, as the senior research director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, and on a panel of the National Academy of Sciences evaluating the state of U.S. voting technology. He received a BA/MA in political science from Yale University, a JD from Stanford University where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Persily is also co-director of the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (HealthyElections.Org), which works with election officials to adapt the infrastructure of the 2020 election to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woody Powell is Jacks Family Professor of Education, and Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He was a founding co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in 2006. He was the 2018 -19 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in the School of Humanities and Sciences. His most recent books include The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, with John F. Padgett (Princeton University Press, 2012) and The Nonprofit Sector, co-edited with Patricia Bromley (Stanford University Press, 2020). His research interests focus on the processes through which ideas and practices are transferred across organizations, and the role of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation.
Powell has been a faculty fellow since 2017-18, and was a fellow at CASBS in 1986-87, 2008-09. He directs, with Bob Gibbons, the CASBS summer institute on organizations and their effectiveness, which has run annually since 2016.
Debra Satz, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, is the dean of the Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and a doctorate in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the ethical limits of markets; the place of equality in a just society; theories of rational choice; ethics, economics and public policy, particularly questions around education. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 2004, Satz received the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest teaching honor. She was awarded the Roland Prize in 2010 for faculty volunteer service. She also co-founded the Hope House Scholars Program, which pairs volunteer faculty with undergraduates to teach liberal arts courses to residents of a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women.
Her books include Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy (with Dan Hausman and Michael McPherson, Cambridge University Press, 2017), as well as several edited volumes. Her papers have been published in the Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Ethics, The World Bank Economic Review and Ambio, among other journals.
History and Religion
Jane Shaw is a modern historian at the University of Oxford, where she is Principal of Harris Manchester College. Her research interests are in the areas of modern religion, the arts, and the impact of technology on society. She is the author of several books including Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale University Press, 2006) and Octavia, Daughter of God: The Story of Female Messiah and her Followers (Yale University Press, 2011).
She is a member of the iGen Project at CASBS, funded by the Knight Foundation, on the language, cultural norms, and values of those born during and after the mid-1990s, an age group that has been called “Generation Z” or the “iGeneration”. The other members of the interdisciplinary research team are Roberta Katz, Sarah Ogilvie, and Linda Woodhead.
Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a professor of psychology at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011), summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.
Steele is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society. He currently serves as the chair of the Russell Sage Foundation board of directors, and also serves on the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is a fellow for both the American Institutes for Research and the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and serves on the advisory council of the MIT Media Lab.
Steele has served in several major academic leadership positions as the executive vice chancellor and provost at UC Berkeley, the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, and as the 21st provost of Columbia University. Steele was a fellow at CASBS in the class of 1994-95 and served as the director from 2005 to 2009. He has been a faculty fellow since 2019-20.
Abraham Verghese, a faculty fellow since 2017-18, launched the Stanford Presence Center to focus on the human connection in medicine. Housed within the Stanford School of Medicine, Presence seeks to add the social science dimensions to a multidisciplinary focus on balancing high touch and high tech for the equitable and inclusive experience of medicine. Their research aims include: understanding the human experience of patients, physicians and caregivers and how it relates to medical error and outcomes; and how to leverage technology for the human experience of medicine. Through collaboration with CASBS fellows, Presence explores these issues using insights from sociology, psychology, political science, organizational economics, and other disciplines that historically have honed their cutting edge at CASBS.
Verghese’s career combines the roles of physician, teacher, and author with frequent bylines in newspapers and magazines across the world. A highly sought after public speaker, Verghese is also a regular focus of attention in media — both medical and general — ranging from National Public Radio, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the New York Times to The Guardian and The Times of India. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Cutting for Stone (Knopf, 2009).
At Stanford’s School of Medicine, Verghese is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and vice chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine. He is a physician trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and in September 2016, Verghese received the National Humanities Medal from then President Obama.
University of Lancaster
Linda Woodhead is part of the “iGen Project”, based at CASBS, that is writing up research on post-millennials in the US and UK. The research reveals how this generation of digital sophisticates is re-assembling values, identities and beliefs in a context of disillusionment. The book will be published by University of Chicago Press in 2021.
Woodhead is a sociologist of religion, beliefs and values. Much of her work has looked at the decline of Christian influence (especially in liberal democracies) and the rise of alternative beliefs, values and rituals – both spiritual and non-religious. Her latest book is That Was the Church That Was: How the Church of England lost the English People (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016, with Andrew Brown).
Woodhead is professor of sociology of religion at Lancaster University, UK. She studied at Cambridge University. She has been a research affiliate at CASBS since 2019-20, and was a fellow in 2018-19.