Post-Election Message from MTL Director, Michele Elam

Dear MTL family, As Director of MTL, I feel compelled to reaffirm our fierce commitment to honoring and promoting the civic and educational values of inclusiveness, belonging and equity so absolutely central to our charter. As you know, MTL is one of (if not the) most diverse graduate programs at Stanford and we have a… Read More

Adrienne Johnson Published on Paleo Diet in Utopian Studies


Adrienne Rose Johnson recently published the first humanities article on the popular Paleo diet in Utopian Studies.  The article drew from her research both reading the many bestselling Paleo books (also called the caveman or Stone Age diet), interviews with Paleo diet leaders, and a very educational weekend at a Paleo retreat. For further information,… Read More

MTL Alum Raúl Coronado Wins Seventh Book Prize


MTL Alum Raúl Coronado wins seventh book prize for A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print CultureRaúl Coronado has been awarded the 2015 Book Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies for his first book, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture…. Read More

Brian Johnsrud receives grants for “Poetic Thinking” Project

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Brian Johnsrud, MTL PhD Candidate, receives two major grants for “Poetic Thinking” Project Amir Eshel and Brian Johnsrud, co-directors of Stanford’s Poetic Media Lab, received a $25,000 Stanford Hoagland Award for Innovations in Undergraduate Education. This grant, along with a $27,000 seed grant from the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, will support the launch… Read More

Latin American authors reshaping world literature: Héctor Hoyos


Latin American authors reshaping world literature, Stanford literary scholar says Stanford scholar Héctor Hoyos’ research goes beyond famed writers to uncover a whole generation of Latin American authors who are contributing novel perspectives on the evolving landscape of global culture. By Tom Winterbottom Hector Hoyos, an assistant professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at… Read More

In Memoriam: David Halliburton

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The Program in Modern Thought and Literature honors the memory of David Halliburton, one of the founders of the program.  It was his vision, along with that of Albert Guerard, which inspired and guided this first interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program at Stanford.  He was interim chair in Albert Guerard’s absence in spring of 1972-73 and later… Read More

Adrienne Johnson Wins 2014 Centennial Teaching Award


The Program in Modern Thought and Literature is proud to recognize Adrienne Johnson as our 2014 Centennial TA. Since 1989 the Centennial TA program has recognized and rewarded outstanding teaching by Stanford TAs in the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, and Earth Sciences. Adrienne is a creative, knowledgeable, and dedicated teacher who is gifted… Read More

Sarah Ramirez Awarded Foundations for Change Yamashita Prize

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Sarah Ramirez (Ph.D. 2010) has been awarded the 2014 Foundations for Change Yamashita Prize! The Prize, which is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues’ Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, is awarded annually to an outstanding young social change activist/scholar in California whose work transforms the existing social… Read More