Faculty Director
The distinguished political scientist Bruce E. Cain is the faculty director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West and Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanitie … 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 »

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 »

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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
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 Research Fellow
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 (a postdoctoral progra … Read More »

Postdoctoral scholar
Maria J. Santos received a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California Davis in 2010. She came to the Lane Center in 2012, after a year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Museum of Ver … 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 »

Consulting Professor
Burke Griggs is a Consulting Professor at the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He represents the State of Kansas in federal and interstate water matters, incl … Read More »

Visiting Scholar
Hugo Lefebvre holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Geopolitics. Since 2008, his research has focused on the northern San Joaquin Valley in California. He studied issues of  … Read More »

Visiting Scholar
Bill Marken is the former editor-in-chief of Sunset magazine, and other print and digital publications (Garden Design, Organic Style, Benefit, He is now a publishing consultant  … Read More »

Visiting Scholar
Andrew Patrick Nelson is Assistant Professor of Film History and Critical Studies at Montana State University. He is editor of Contemporary Westerns: Film and Tel … Read More »

Affiliated Researcher
A Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History at Stanford, Kelly will split the 2013-2014 academic year between the Bill Lane Center and the University of Virginia’s Mille … Read More »

Thomas D. Dee II Fellow
Andy Robichaud is the Dee Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the 2013-2014 academic year. He comes to the Center with broad interests in American history, the North  … Read More »

Affiliated Researcher
Arjun’s research focuses on voting in mass electorates, representation, and electoral accountability. His dissertation examines how changing party identificatio … Read More »

Research Assistants

Research Assistant
Originally fueled by a passion for science and a love of nature, Mauricio is a joint major in Philosophy and Religious Studies (with classes in Earth Sciences). He is … Read More »

Research Assistant
Brianna Brown is a member of the Class of 2016 and studying History, with a Human Biology Minor. The Sophomore College class she took last summer, where she learned a … 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
Kaley is an Earth Systems major and will be completing the Astrosphere track as a senior next year.  She is thrilled to be working under Director Bruce Cain as a research assistant on the … Read More »

Research Assistant
Corey is currently a sophomore studying public policy and French. In policy, he likes studying the educational system with a special focus paid in looking at all the  … Read More »

Research Assistant
Kevin is freshman majoring in Economics and minoring in Management Science & Engineering.  Interested in the intersections between behavioral analysis, techn … Read More »

Research Assistant
After majoring in the History of Science, Aaron is currently pursuing a coterm in Earth Systems with a focus in Oceans. He is interested in land use and preservation, … Read More »

Research Assistant
Magellan is member of the Stanford Undergraduate Class of 2016. He is a History major, focusing on the Literature and Arts of the United States of America, with a min … Read More »

Research Assistant
As a prospective Mechanical Engineering major, Javier is interested in understanding how objects work and the challenges manipulating such understandings bring in pro … Read More »

Research Assistant
Brittany is a co-term student in Earth Systems focused on international land use, agriculture, and climate change. At the Bill Lane Center, she uses GIS and remote se … Read More »

Research Assistant
Marveliz is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering with a focus on structures and construction. Having immigrated from rural Dominican Republic to the  … Read More »