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53rd Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair

The members of Stanford’s 53rd Senate have elected Judith L. Goldstein, the Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Rearch, as its Chair for the Senate’s 2020-21 year, and Blakey Vermeule, the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, as the Senate’s Vice Chair. Their one-year term of office begins Fall Quarter of 2020. 


Chair, Judith L. Goldstein   

Professor Judith Goldstein pictured here

Judith L. Goldstein is the Chair for the Department of Political Science, the Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and was previously the Kaye University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), she serves as chair of the editorial board of the journal International Organization, is a member of the Provost’s budget committee and has served on, or chaired, many academic council committees. Her research focuses on the inter-relationship between politics and economics with a focus on the international trade policy. She has written and/or edited six books and contributed numerous journals to academic journals. Goldstein has a BA from the University of California Berkeley, a MA degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from UCLA. 


Vice Chair, Blakey Vermeule  

Professor Blakey Vermeule pictured here

Blakey Vermeule is the Albert Guérard Professor of English and Chair of the English department. She writes and teaches about moral psychology and ethics from an evolutionary point of view. In addition to evolutionary moral psychology, her research interests are the rise of cognitive science and its role in shaping our collective self-understanding. She is the author of The Party of Humanity: Writing Moral Psychology in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2000); Why Do We Care About Literary Characters? (2009), both from The Johns Hopkins University Press and, with Jennifer Summit, Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters (2018) from the University of Chicago Press. She is writing a book about contemporary mind science.