New faculty draw on diverse subjects and backgrounds to open eyes, challenge students

In The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois makes a prescient declaration: “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line.”
As the United States continues to struggle with “the problem of the color-line” in the 21st century, Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences has sought to recruit faculty whose research helps advance our understanding of how race has shaped U.S. history, politics, culture and national identity.
In the last three years, the school has hired multiple faculty across varied departments whose work addresses these critical issues. Featured here are eight recent Stanford faculty hires in art and art history, English, political science, psychology and sociology.