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People at the Center

The Center is a hub for scholarship, teaching, and conversation about the West — past, present, and future. We are a collaboration of full time 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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Our researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The focus of their work is rich and varied.

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Hailing from Stanford and other academic institutions, visiting fellows at the Center bring with them a wealth of experience on a range of western issues.

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Joint Project Staff

The Bill Lane Center has been an interdisciplinary enterprise since its inception. Our project collaborators include a number of research centers on campus.

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