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Faculty Leaders

Here's a unique perk you simply won't find anywhere else: a Stanford education to go. With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is an intellectual adventure. Click on the bios below to learn more about each scholar.

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Alexander Nemerov

Art and Art History

A scholar of American art, Professor Nemerov writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past and the importance of the humanities in our lives today.

Lauren A. O'Connell


Lauren A. O'Connell joined the Stanford faculty in 2017 and is an assistant professor in the biology department whose main research interest is how animals adapt to environmental challenges.

Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell

Stanford University Medical School

An award-winning author and photographer, Dr. O'Connell-Rodwell has been studying elephants in the wild for the last thirty years.

Franklin Orr

Energy Resources Engineering

Professor Orr is an expert on global climate and energy sources and is the perfect faculty leader to help us appreciate some of the world's most beautiful landscapes and understand the complex processes of earth's dynamic systems.

Leonard Ortolano

Civil Engineering

Professor Ortolano is renowned expert in environmental policy design and planning and water resources management.

Brad Osgood

Electrical Engineering

Brad Osgood teaches electrical engineering at Stanford, lecturing on a wide range of subjects including science and technology stemming from World War II, electrical signals and information as well as advanced mathematical topics.

Stephen Palumbi

Hopkins Marine Station

Stephen Palumbi focuses his research on the genetics of marine organisms focuses not only on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to preserving and protecting the diverse life found in the sea.

Ayla Pamukcu

Geological Sciences

Professor Pamukcu works on unlocking the history of volcanoes through observations and data spanning a wide range of scales and perspectives.

Grant Parker


Dr. Grant Parker, an associate professor of classics at Stanford, has pursued a variety of interests - the Mediterranean Sea and ancient Rome's fascination with Egyptian obelisks and other exotica.

Bertrand Patenaude

International Relations

Bert Patenaude, MA '79, PhD '87, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a lecturer at Stanford University, who specializes in history and international relations.

Linda Paulson


Linda Paulson received her PhD in comparative literature from UCLA, specializing in 19th-century British, French and German literature, and has taught at Stanford since 1985.

Scott Pearson

Food Research Institute

Scott Pearson has been studying economic change in developing countries for 50 years. He has advised governments in Asia, Africa and Europe on food and agricultural policy.

Dmitri Petrov


Dmitri Petrov is a professor of biology at Stanford. Born in Russia, he received his MSc in physics and biology from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his PhD in evolutionary genetics from Harvard University.

Steven Pifer

Center for International Security and Cooperation

A retired Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Pifer's more than 25 years with the State Department focused on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues.

Barbara Pitkin

Religious Studies

Barbara Pitkin is a senior lecturer in religious studies at Stanford specializing in the study of Christianity, with a particular emphasis on the religious thought and culture of late medieval and early modern Europe.

John Rick

Anthropological Sciences

Since John's first visit to Peru at six, he has spent much time excavating highland archaeological sites. He delights in walking the Inca Trail and visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Jeremy Sabol

Structured Liberal Education

Jeremy Sabol is an associate director of the Stanford Program in Structured Liberal Education. He specializes in early modern intellectual history, with a particular focus on philosophy, literature and their relationship to broader historical phenomena.

Scott D. Sagan

Political Science

Scott D. Sagan, the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, has been teaching Political Science at Stanford since 1987.

Joel Samoff

Center for African Studies

Professor Samoff draws upon his background in history, political science and education to teach his students about education, development and underdevelopment, particularly as they pertain to Africa.

Dustin Schroeder


Dustin Schroeder is an assistant professor in Stanford's department of geophysics and a faculty affiliate at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He studies the role subglacial water plays in the evolution and stability of continental ice sheets.

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