Meet the LifeWorks Instructors

Anthony Antonio

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Anthony Lising Antonio is Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research at Stanford University. Antonio’s research interests focus on stratification and postsecondary access, racial diversity and its impact on students and institutions, student friendship networks, and student development. His current work includes studies of engineering education and college counseling.


Helen Brooks

Helen B. Brooks earned a Joint Ph.D. in English and Humanities at Stanford in 1980. Publications on John Donne; on the poetry of John Donne and Adrienne Rich (a commissioned article in The John Donne Journal, Vol. 26, 2007); on the poetry of John Donne and the modern stone lithographs of June Wayne in The John Donne Journal, Vol. 28, 2009; on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and Early Modern poetry; on the poetry of John Davies of Hereford for the Dictionary of Literary Biography; and served as a Contributing Editor for The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne: The Holy Sonnets, Vol. 7 published by Indiana University Press, 2005. Teaching includes courses on John Donne, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Early Modern women's literature, literature and gender, Renaissance/Early Modern poetry, Renaissance/Early Modern intellectual and cultural history, theoretical approaches to literature. Other research and teaching interests include interdisciplinarity; literature and the advent of mathematical perspective; reception theory (including cognitive studies, the neurosciences and literary and artistic forms); evolutionary theory and literature; modern poetry; and drama. Appointed to the Affiliated Faculty for the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford (2010-present). Elected as an officer and Executive Committee member of The John Donne Society in 2005. Re-elected to The John Donne Society Executive Committee for 2011-2013. Appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the academic journal: Forum on Public Policy, published by Oxford Round Table and the University of Oxford (2005-present). Elected to Marquis Who's Who of American Women (2007-2014) and to Who's Who in America (2008-2014). Recipient in February, 2010 of The John Donne Society Distinguished Service Award; Received The Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education at Stanford (1994).


Fred Luskin

Headshot of Fred LuskinFrederic Luskin Ph.D. has been teaching at Stanford for twenty years.  He co-taught the first class focused on spiritual well being in the 90’s called Mind, Body and Spirit. Since then he has studied and taught extensively on the benefits of forgiveness as the Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project.  He has written two best selling books on forgiveness: Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love.  Five years ago Dr. Luskin and Carole Pertofsky began teaching the happiness (positive psychology) classes at Stanford. As one of the original researchers in positive psychology, he is a firm believer in highlighting human strengths. This year Dr. Luskin is teaching classes on storytelling with Jonah Willihnganz, a class on meditation and two classes on wellness. He teaches workshops on developing emotional intelligence for the Vice Provost of Graduate Education.


Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

Headshot of Stephen Murphy ShigematsuStephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a psychologist who teaches courses that foster appreciative intelligence and connected knowing in Psychology, Anthropology, Human Biology, and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Consulting Professor in Asian American Studies, he is active in the Program in Arts, Humanities, and Medicine in the School of Medicine and in the Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness Youth Leadership Development Program in the School of Engineering. A Fulbright scholar to Okinawa, Dr. Murphy-Shigematsu is president of the NPO Nichibei Care and cultural diversity and leadership consultant for the U.S. Marines and Navy. An essayist, blogger, and author of books in English and Japanese, including When Half is Wholeand Synergy, Healing and Empowerment,he received a doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University  and was professor of International Education at the University of Tokyo. 


Anne Firth Murray

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, is the Founding President of the Global Fund for Women and a consulting professor at Stanford, where she teaches on international womens health and on love as a force for social justice. Her course on international women's health is currently on line as a massive open online course (MOOC). Ms. Murray has served on many boards and received many honors for her work on women's health and philanthropy; in 2005 she was one of 1,000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her book on the early years of the Global Fund, Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change, was published in 2006. Her second book on international womens health and human rights,  From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What they are Doing About It, was published in 2008.


Jane Shaw

Professor Shaw works on the history of modern Christianity, with a particular focus on Britain and the USA. She is especially interested in the impact of lived religion (or religious practice) on intellectual history, which she explored in her book Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale 2006). Her more recent work is on the late 19th and early 20th century and explores the relationship between gender, modernity and religion. In 2001, she discovered the archives of a millenarian group that had flourished in 1920s and 30s Britain, and that research led to her book Octavia, Daughter of God: The Story of a Female Messiah and her Followers (Yale 2011), which won the San Francisco Book Festival History Prize. She is currently writing about the revival of interest in mysticism in the early twentieth century, and its relationship to the flight from institutional religion in that period. She is also working on a project on empathy, the arts and social change with the actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith.

Professor Shaw is also the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University, and you can read more about her responsibilities in that role here.


Andrew Todhunter

Headshot of Andrew TodhunterAndrew Todhunter is a lecturer in Biology, Co-Director of the Senior Reflection creative capstone program, and Associate Director of the Stanford Arts Institute's Honors in the Arts program. He also serves as Resident Fellow in Kimball Hall. A writer and filmmaker, Todhunter has contributed articles and essays to the Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine,Smithsonianand other national publications. He is the author of three books, including the PEN USA Award-winning A Meal Observed,the collection Dangerous Gamesand Fall of the Phantom Lord. He has worked on numerous film projects, including productions for Lucasfilm and National Geographic Television. A climber, diver and sea kayaker, he has practiced meditation and Aikido for more than twenty years, and incorporates meditation and wilderness training into many of his courses at Stanford.


Jonah Willihnganz

Headshot of Jonah WillihnganzJonah Willihnganz is the Bruce Baden Lecturer of Narrative Studies in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. He is also the director of the Stanford Storytelling Project, an arts program at Stanford University that helps students explore how we live in and through stories and how to create stories that deepen our experience.  His main research interests have been in the fields of narratology and psychology and he has published fiction, essays, and articles on American literature.  A long-time meditator and student of Aikido, he incorporates their practices of attention and intention into many of his courses. He received a bachelor's degree in political economy from Georgetown University, an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University, and a PhD in English from Brown.