Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director
The distinguished political scientist Bruce E. Cain is the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Human … Read More »

Associate Director
Kathy Zonana is the Associate Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Kathy has a wealth of experience in law, journalism and academic administration. Most recently, she managed spe … Read More »

Executive Director, Water in the West
Leon Szeptycki is an attorney who specializes in water quality, water use and watershed restoration. His work includes issues related to stream flow restoration in th … Read More »


Research Analyst, Water in the West
Janny got her feet wet in western water issues as a hydrologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in western Colorado. There she worked on a variety o … Read More »

Outgoing Program Associate
Throughout her undergraduate career, Chau studied ecology and evolutionary studies and researched at various institutions including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural … Read More »

Creative Director for Media and Communications
Geoff McGhee specializes in interactive data visualization and multimedia storytelling. He is a veteran of the multimedia and infographics staffs at The New York Times, Le Monde and Ge … Read More »

Financial & Administrative Manager
Kathy Montgomery has 12 years of Stanford administrative and financial experience having worked at the Stanford Blood Center and the Department of Chemistry. Her … Read More »

Research Associate, Water in the West
In her role as program lead for Water in the West’s Sustainable Groundwater program, Tara combines her passion for science with strong communication skills and  … Read More »

Program Coordinator, Water in the West
Athena Serapio is the Program Coordinator for Water in the West.  Athena coordinates conferences, workshops, seminar series and other special events, as well as  … Read More »

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Scholar
Nicholas Bauch is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.  … Read More »

Postdoctoral Scholar
John J. Dougherty is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at University of California-Berkeley in May … Read More »

Postdoctoral Scholar
Todd Holmes received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 2013.  Over the years, his research has primarily focused on 20th century U.S. political, busin … Read More »

Postdoctoral Scholar
Iris Hui obtained her doctoral degree from UC Berkeley in Political Science. Prior to Stanford, she was a ‘Social Science In Practice” postdoctoral fellow at UCLA and a W. Glenn Campbel … Read More »

Postdoctoral Scholar
Daniel Polk received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 2014 from Princeton University. His research looks at the politics of water in the borderlands of California. His di … Read More »

Postdoctoral Scholar
Kathryne M. Young is a postdoctoral fellow, rejoining the Center in 2014 after a year as the first Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow in 2012-13. Much of … Read More »


Thomas D. Dee II Fellow
Cameron Blevins is the Dee Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the 2014-­2015 academic year. He is a PhD candidate studying American history and digital humanities … Read More »

Affiliated Scholar
Vanessa is the Teaching Fellow of the LL.M. Program in Environmental Law & Policy at Stanford Law School. Her research focuses on management of natural resources … Read More »

Visiting Scholar
Matthew Dallek is a visiting scholar at the Bill Lane Center for the American West during the summer of 2015. He is working on a history of Proposition 13, looking at the p … Read More »

Visiting Student Researcher
Thomas Favre-Bulle is a doctoral assistant and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where he conducts research on democracy in th … Read More »

Affiliated Scholar
Burke Griggs is a affiliated scholar with the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He spent the 2013-14 academic year as a consulting professor at the Center. Mr. … Read More »

Affiliated Researcher
Colin McCubbins is a PhD candidate in Political Science focusing on American politics and political institutions. He is currently an affiliated researcher with  … Read More »

Affiliated Researcher
Julia Payson is a PhD candidate in political science with an interest in American politics, the politics of education reform, and state and local government in Califo … Read More »

Visiting Scholar
Blas L. Pérez Henríquez founded and directs the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEP … Read More »

Research Assistants

Research Assistant
Lauren is a sophomore majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Spanish language. Her primary interests are in environmental health policy, specifically focusing on s … Read More »

Research Assistant
Brianna Brown is a member of the Class of 2016 and studying Earth Systems. During the last few years at Stanford, she has realized her love of the environment is both … Read More »

Research Assistant
Delenn is a rising sophomore and a prospective Computer Science major.  She is thrilled to be working on the Enchanting the Desert project and experiencing more  … Read More »

Research Assistant
I will be working with Todd Holmes on the California Coastal Commission Project. We will be mapping the history of the Commission in order to uncover and understand h … Read More »

Research Assistant
Elana is a rising junior who is majoring in philosophy. In philosophy, she is primarily interested in ethics and epistemology. This summer she will be working on the  … Read More »

Research Assistant
Maggie Niu is a sophomore and a prospective Political Science + Public Policy major. Her primary interests are the politics behind policy-making, environmental policy … Read More »

Research Assistant
Quito Tsui is a freshman and prospective Political Science major. She is passionate about international systems and human rights, and hopes to become a human rights l … Read More »

Research Assistant
Frank is a freshman and a prospective Computer Science + History major. He loves exploring the intersections between technology and the humanities. He is excited to e … Read More »