Skip to content Skip to navigation

Meet the 2021 Fellows

The IDEAL Provostial Fellows: Meet the five early-career scholars who joined Stanford in September 2021 as part of a program to increase research and teaching in race and ethnicity. As part of their IDEAL fellowships, the scholars are 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 is 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.


Catherine Duarte

Catherine Duarte is based in the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health in the School of Medicine. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and her master of science in the social and behavorial sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As a doctoral student, Duarte was selected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholars program.

Duarte’s work focuses on examining how education and legal system policy and practices are associated with racial/ethnic health inequities throughout the life course to support systems-level interventions. 


Kelly Nguyen

Kelly Nguyen is based in the Department of Classics in the School of Humanities and Sciences. She is a refugee from Vietnam and a first-generation high school and college graduate. Nguyen received her PhD in ancient history from Brown University and her BA in classics and archaeology with honors and highest distinction from Stanford University. She was the recipient of a 2021 University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship award. 

Her interdisciplinary research and teaching engage classical studies in a comparative manner to explore imperialism, forced displacement and race and ethnicity. Her dissertation was the first major study to examine the history of Greco-Roman classical reception within Vietnamese contexts.

Nguyen co-founded the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, a professional organization dedicated to increasing diversity within the field of classics, and has served as the inaugural coordinator of its international mentorship program. She also has served as the chair of the board of directors for the Center for Southeast Asians, a non-profit serving the refugee and immigrant populations of Rhode Island, and has consulted on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.


Jordan Starck

Jordan Starck is based in the Department of Psychology in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He received his PhD in social psychology and social policy from Princeton University. 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. 

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.



Eujin Park

Eujin Park Eujin Park is an IDEAL Provostial Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Dr. Park draws upon Critical Race Theory, Asian American Studies, and community engaged research to examine how Asian American youth and families negotiate with race in and through educational institutions.

Her work investigates the processes through which Asian Americans actively shape and challenge their racialization via education. In examining education as a racializing institution, Dr. Park considers the constellation of formal and informal learning spaces that includes homes, schools, and communities. She recently conducted an ethnographic investigation of community-based educational spaces in the Chicago-area Asian American community, which highlighted the role of community spaces in youths’ educational experiences and understandings of racializing discourses. Dr. Park’s current projects include examinations of Asian Americans against affirmative action, youth participatory action research with Asian American and other girls of color, and community-engaged research methodologies.

In addition to publishing and presenting her work in multiple academic venues, Dr. Park draws upon her research in her work with youth in community-based organizations. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in Social Sciences and a Minor in Qualitative Methods. She also holds an M.A. from UW-Madison and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Michela Simmons

Michaela Simmons is based in the Department of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She attended the University of California, San Diego, for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a BA in sociology and fine arts.

Broadly, she studies the intersections of racial inequality, poverty and the welfare state. Her dissertation examined the racial politics of foster care development in the early 20th century and centered the experiences of foster youth within the larger sociological frameworks of race, family and childhood. As a doctoral student, she worked as a graduate writing assistant helping students gain confidence and strength of voice in their written work.