Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


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  • Kirsten Paige

    Kirsten Paige

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioKirsten Paige is a postdoctoral fellow in the "Thinking Matters" Program at Stanford University, having previously served as a Lecturer in Music History at the San Francisco Conservatory (2017-2018). She studied first at the University of Chicago (2011) and the University of Cambridge (2012), before coming to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature (2018). In her work, she demonstrates how the cultural and material histories of science—particularly environment, biology, and medicine—influenced developments in thinking about sound and the audiovisual senses in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in Germany. Her scholarly and teaching interests more broadly encompass sound studies; media studies; opera and theater studies; music and philosophy; environmental history; and the history of science and technology, with a special investment in interactions among these areas. She has published her work in The Cambridge Opera Journal, MLA Notes, and European Romantic Review; an article based on her dissertation was recently accepted by Opera Quarterly.

    While Kirsten's dissertation considers the influence of nineteenth-century ideas about climate, environment, and atmosphere on Wagner's artistic theories and practices, her book project ("Richard Wagner's Political Ecology") will bridge sound, media, and science and technology studies to explore Wagner’s redefinition of operatic spectacle and spectatorship around nineteenth-century material and cultural histories of atmosphere and climate. The book’s final chapters will ask how this aesthetic paradigm shaped twentieth-century philosophies of music and communicative media, from Nietzsche and Adorno to R. Murray Schafer and John Durham Peters.

    Kirsten's second book project ("Sounding the Forest: Open-Air Opera in German-Speaking Europe, 1848-1945”) will examine the history of outdoor opera in German-speaking Europe and its role in defining modern German identity in relation to nature. This project will argue that this institution supported novel modes of operatic experience that held that national sounds and the climate of the Romantic forest constituted a unified multi-sensory dramatic form that could instill völkisch values in spectators as they sat outdoors breathing deeply and listening closely.

    Also a serious practicing musician, Kirsten studied for five years at the Juilliard School of Music, starting at age 13. As a double bassist, she performed in orchestras around the world including the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Music Center Orchestra, New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center Fellows' Orchestra, Tanglewood Institute, Zermatt Festival Academy Orchestra under the Berlin Philharmonic's Scharoun Ensemble, and the Jeunesse Musicales International Young Artists Orchestra. She won the University of Chicago's Concerto Competition in 2010.

  • John Peterson

    John Peterson

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Liberal Arts Education; Art Versus Commerce; Literacy Narratives; Public Schools; Social/Racial Justice; Consumer Culture; Music & Film; Technology & Learning; Public Policy

  • Sarah Pittock

    Sarah Pittock

    PWR Advanced Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Writing Across the Curriculum; Writing In the Disciplines; Tutoring Pedagogy; Rhetoric of Children's Culture; 18th-Century Studies

  • Emily Polk

    Emily Polk

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Facilitation and Mobilization of Social Movements in the Digital and Public Spheres; Communication of Community-Led Responses to Climate Change; the Role and Impact of Scholar Activism; Participatory Research; Rhetoric of Sustainability and Resiliency; Rhetoric of Global and Local Development