The Center is a hub for scholarship, teaching, and conversation about the West — past, present and future. Our team is composed of staff, Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral researchers, and students.

Faculty Leadership

The vision and research agenda for the Center is directed by a Stanford faculty member. Since 2012, political scientist Bruce Cain has served as the Center's Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director.

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Center Staff

A small core administrative staff supports the Center's daily work to advance undergraduate education, academic research, and journalism of the American West.

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Advisory Council

Members of our Advisory Council are united by shared commitments to Stanford, the West, research, and undergraduate education.

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Researchers and Fellows

Our researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Visiting fellows at the Center come from Stanford and other institutions and bring with them a wealth of experience on a range of western issues.

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Browse profiles of past academic staff and affiliates of the Center.

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