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Burns, Jennifer
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Burns is an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University, where she teaches courses on American political, cultural, and intellectual history.  Professor Burns is the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford University Press 2009), an intellectual biography of the controversial novelist and philosopher.  Based on exclusive access to Rand’s personal papers, Goddess of the Market is the only book to draw upon Rand’s unedited letters and journals.  It has been favorably reviewed by numerous publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and the New Yorker. A popular guest on radio and television programs, Professor Burns has been interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, C-Span’s Book TV, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, and Here & Now.  She has also written articles for The New York Times, the New Republic, Harvard Magazine, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous academic journals.
Minian, Ana Raquel
Assistant Professor of History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Ana Minian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). Her current book project explores the late-twentieth-century history of Mexican undocumented migration to the United States, the growth of migrant communities, and bi-national efforts to regulate the border. It uses over two hundred oral history interviews, government archives, migrant correspondence, privately held organizational records and personal collections, pamphlets and unpublished ephemera, and newspapers and magazines collected in Washington D.C., Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Michoacán, Zacatecas, and Mexico City. As the first sustained history of transnational Mexican migration from 1965 to 1986, this work addresses audiences interested in U.S. and Latin American political history, Latina/o history, and Migration Studies. Minian is also working on a project on the United Farm Workers (UFW) union.
Wolfe, Mikael
Assistant Professor of Latin American and Environmental History
Mikael Wolfe is an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was previously a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California-San Diego, and the Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Wolfe teaches courses on Latin American and Mexican history, U.S.-Latin American relations, comparative historical development of Latin America and East Asia, and environmental history of Latin America and the world. His forthcoming book “Watering the Revolution: The Technopolitical Success and Socioecological Failure of Mexico’s Agrarian Reform in La Laguna” examines the irresolvable contradiction between conservation and development that emerged as Mexico’s postrevolutionary engineers deployed various hydraulic technologies (dams, canals and groundwater pumps) to supply scarce surface and subsurface water resources for radical President Lázaro Cárdenas’ emblematic agrarian reform in the 1930s in the arid north-central cotton rich “Laguna” region. The book is the first “envirotech” history of Mexican agrarian reform integrating its understudied technological and environmental dimensions with its far better understood social, political and cultural dimensions.
Yaycioğlu, Ali
Assistant Professor of Middle East History
Ali Yaycioğlu was born and grew up in Ankara Turkey, where he completed his B.S. in International Relations at Middle East Technical University. He studied Ottoman History at Bilkent University and Islamic History at McGill University and completed his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, with a dissertation entitled “Provincial Challenge: Regionalism, Crisis, and Integration in the late Ottoman Empire, 1792-1812. ” Before Stanford, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program of Hellenic Studies at Princeton, and an assistant professor in history at Eastern Illinois and Fairfield Universities.