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 »

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 »


Associate Director, Finance and Administration
As Associate Director, Finance and Administration, Jessica is responsible for developing strategies and implementation plans to improve and standardize all aspects of … Read More »

Associate Director, Programming and Development
Preeti Hehmeyer leads the Center’s programming and development efforts. In her role, she works with academic fellows, researchers, and on-campus partners to convene s … Read More »

Senior Researcher
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 »

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 »

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 »

Founding Director, The California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative
Pérez Henríquez founded and serves as director of the California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative at Stanford University, spons … Read More »

Program Coordinator, Water in the West
Athena Serapio joined Water in the West in August 2014 as the program coordinator. She organizes and coordinates the program’s workshops, uncommon dialogues and special even … Read More »

Program Specialist
Marika Sitz graduated from Stanford University in June 2015 with a degree in Human Biology. Her interdisciplinary studies focused on the intersections of food, agriculture, and environmental issues … Read More »

Postdoctoral Fellows

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
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
Dan’s research examines the relationships between coastal resources and coastal societies in the context of resource management in a changing environment. He co … Read More »

Postdoctoral Scholar
Nicola Ulibarri is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. She earned her PhD through the Emmett Interd … 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 »


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 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 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 »

Visiting Scholar
Jeffrey Irish is a visiting scholar with the Bill Lane Center for the American West during the 2015-16 academic year. Jeffrey is a writer, translator and associate pr … Read More »

Thomas D. Dee II Fellow
Natalie Johnson is a PhD candidate in American History and the Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West for the 2015-2016 academ … Read More »

Affiliated Scholar
Mr. Levin is affiliated with Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West where he is leading a new initiative, called ArtsWest, that foc … Read More »

Julia Payson is a PhD candidate in Political Science and the Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West for the 2016-2017 academic year. Julia  … Read More »

Affiliated Student Researcher
Shiran is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford.  Her research interests lie in the intersection of politics and environmental sciences.  He … Read More »

Research Assistants

Research Assistant
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Research Assistant
Currently a sophomore, Griffin Bovee is interested in majoring in History and International Relations. During his first year, he informally began working for the Chinese Railroad Workers in North A … Read More »

Research Assistant
Juliana Chang is a rising sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a degree in Linguistics. She will be working with Professor Shelley Fishkin and Professor Gordon Chang on the Chinese Railroad Wo … Read More »

Research Assistant
Sharon is currently a junior who is majoring in math and computational … Read More »

Research Assistant
Masha is a Mathematical and Computational Science major in Stanford’s class of 2019. She is an avid learner, knows several programming languages, and likes to make small programs and games in … Read More »

Research Assistant
Paloma Hernandez is a sophomore majoring in Earth Systems. She is passionate about climate change mitigation … Read More »

Research Assistant
Johnstone Kipyator is a rising senior from Nairobi, Kenya majoring in Energy Resources Engineering; he came to Stanford in 2013. He is interested in developing integrated energy portfolios for metr … Read More »

Research Assistant
Maame Akua Kome-Mensah is a rising sophomore from Accra, Ghana. Her interests span environmental sustainability, renewable energy policy and the role of gender in policy making. During her freshman … Read More »

Research Assistant
Victoria is a rising senior majoring in Energy Resources Engineering. This summer she will be working under the lead of Dian Grueneich (Precourt Energy Efficiency Center) to determine the ways in w … Read More »

Research Assistant
Miguel is a rising sophomore interested in the digital humanities, philosophy, Latin American literature, education and public opinion. He has been a research assistant at the Stanford Humanities C … Read More »

Research Assistant
A rising Junior, Daylon comes to the Center as a Symbolic Systems major concentrating in Neuroscience with a minor in Biology and Japanese. The interdisciplinary nature of Symbolic Systems has prep … Read More »

Research Assistant
Kate is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in the Design of Public Institutions. She is interested in science and technology and, with minors in  … Read More »