Director
(650) 725 0500

Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, teaches ecology courses and leads the Dirzo Lab in the Department of Biology. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in ecology from the University of Wales (UK), and a B.S. in biology from the Universidad de Morelos.  He has published numerous refereed articles and scientific chapters in books mostly on tropical ecology, plant-animal interactions and on botanical diversity, and written or edited ten books, as well as a great number of research reports and publications for wider publics. He joined Stanford after a distinguished career at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and he has held visiting lecturer positions in many universities in Latin America and beyond. 

His field work has focused in particular on tropical forest ecosystems of Mexico, Costa Rica and...

Associate Director
(650) 725 0502

Elizabeth provides administrative leadership for the Center. She oversees Center programming, administering various fellowship and grant programs and visiting professorships, including a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, and the Tinker Visiting Professorship. She directs undergraduate and graduate degree programs, manages the Center’s budget, fundraising, and outreach, and supervises the administrative staff. She supports and advises the Director in developing and setting program priorities, in policy and decision making, in liaising with other units on campus, and in representing the Center on and off campus. She serves as an academic advisor for LAS degree candidates.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in...

Public Engagement Coordinator
(650) 721 5530

A native of Northern California, Molly Aufdermauer received her B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University and her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Jose State University. As part of her studies, she spent a year studying language and literature in Sevilla and Granada, Spain. Her academic interests are focused in comparative Spanish-English linguistics and language instruction. Before coming to CLAS, Molly was the Advising Coordinator at the Stanford School of Medicine, where she helped students navigate their way through medical school and residency applications. During her time at the School of Medicine, Molly also worked for Nuestra Casa in East Palo Alto, teaching English as a Second Language to Spanish-speaking residents. In her free time, Molly likes to balance her life through running, biking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two small children.

At CLAS, Molly assists...

Business Administrator
(650) 725 0501

Laura brings several years of experience to her role as CLAS Business Administrator, having worked for several Fortune 500 companies. Laura arrived at Stanford as a student spouse and immediately fell in love with life on campus, where she eventually became the coordinator of programs for spouses and international families at the Bechtel International Center. She has taught Spanish classes at Bechtel and studied Portuguese. Her most recent work was related to the improvement of customer service and business relationships with corporate clients throughout Latin America for a high-tech company in Silicon Valley. Laura graduated with honors from La Salle University in Mexico City with a B.A. in business administration. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Laura is responsible for Center finance and administrative operations. She handles purchasing and financial reporting, facilities operations, and supervises the front...

Program Coordinator
(650) 725 0383

Laura joined CLAS in early 2016 after nearly ten years of working with international students at San Jose State University. At SJSU's International Gateways program, Laura provided admissions and immigration advising, orientation programming, and led communication, cultural, and art activities and workshops for international students learning English. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Media Studies from UC Santa Barbara, an Associate's Degree in Sociology, and studied Library and Information Science at SJSU. In 2013, she was selected as a Salzburg Fellow, and attended the Global Citizenship Program for Administrators in Salzburg, Austria. Laura loves to travel, and one of her passions lies in learning new languages; she has studied German, French, and Russian, and is currently learning Spanish. As Program Coordinator at CLAS, Laura manages the Center's events and communications, and provides student services support for the Center's interdisciplinary academic programs and...

Outreach Advisor

Suzanne Abel serves as CLAS Outreach Advisor pro bono, assisting with public outreach under the Center's Title VI work. She is Academic Director, emerita, of Puente de la Costa Sur in Pescadero, CA; Senior Advisor to the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford; and Consulting Scholar with the Caste War Project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Heritage Center (Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, Mexico). Suzanne received her B.A. in English from Harvard in 1971 and her M.A. in Anthropology from Brown in 1978; she also did graduate work at UC Berkeley in Anthropology. Prior to joining the Haas Center staff at Stanford in 1995, she was founding director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA in the 1980s and 1990s, and a field archaeologist and ethnohistorian with the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also did field work...

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