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Stanford announces IDEAL Provostial Fellows appointments

Jordan Starck(Image credit: Courtesy Jordan Starck)

Mar 15 2021

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Stanford Provost Persis Drell today announced the first cohort of IDEAL Provostial Fellows. Five early-career scholars in the study of race and ethnicity will join the Stanford campus community for three years beginning in fall 2021 as part of an effort to increase the university’s research and teaching related to race and ethnicity.

The five scholars are:

  • Catherine Duarte, epidemiology
  • Kelly Nguyen, classics
  • Eujin Park, educational policy studies
  • Michaela Simmons, sociology
  • Jordan Starck, psychology

As part of their IDEAL fellowships, the scholars will be assigned to the schools and departments corresponding to the fields of their doctorate, and they will teach one course per year while they expand on their research. Each fellow will be given a faculty mentor selected from among Stanford’s Academic Council faculty. The IDEAL fellows also will be involved in organizing a major Stanford conference that will bring together scholars who are at the forefront of the study of race and ethnicity.

“I am delighted to welcome our first IDEAL Provostial fellows to Stanford,” Drell said. “They are some of this country’s most promising young scholars conducting research on race and ethnicity. Their presence on campus represents a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty to interact with them and learn more about their research. Their work holds exceptional promise, and we are excited to support them at this early stage in their careers.”

The objective of the IDEAL Provostial Fellows program is to increase the amount of research and teaching related to race and ethnicity at the university. Much of this work currently takes place in Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. One of the larger goals for the IDEAL Fellows program is to develop a pipeline for diversifying the national professoriate.

IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access in a Learning Environment) is a set of university-wide initiatives developed to create a culture of inclusion, access and equity that infuses all aspects of the university.

Short profile of our Psychology fellow Jordan Starck to follow.

Jordan Starck

Jordan Starck is completing his PhD in social psychology and social policy at Princeton University.

His research to date has focused on the reasons organizations embrace diversity, examining the psychological factors shaping people’s preferred approaches and the downstream consequences of different approaches. He also examines racial bias and its role in perpetuating racial disadvantage, particularly in the context of education and the justice system.

Starck graduated from Davidson College with a BS in psychology and his professional educator’s license, after which he spent four years as a high school teacher and youth program coordinator.