Christina Mesa, Lecturer, American Studies and by courtesy, Comparative Literature
Christina has been teaching at Stanford since 1997. She is interested in vehicles of change -- geographic, social, vocational, status, and self-image -- and is currently writing Auto-mobility: the Car in American Literature and Culture with students from her Revs sponsored class On the Road: Cars and the Auto-Mobility of Race, Gender, Class, and Age in American Literature. The automobile provides a liberating power for drivers, in particular, for the working class, women, and people of color. Her current scholarship seeks to show how the car accelerates personal transformations and reversals of fortunes once unthinkable in our society. Projects for 2012-13 include: Nella’s Solo, a film based on the life of Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen and Car Fashioned: Advertising Americans in the Age of Auto-production.
Robert Schwarzwalder, Associate University Librarian for Engineering & Science Libraries, Stanford University Libraries
Bob Schwarzwalder manages the digital library IT division as well as seven of Stanford’s six science and engineering libraries. He has held administrative positions in libraries and information centers in academia and industry. In a former position, Schwarzwalder managed Ford Motor Company’s global library system and developed an information research group focused on text mining, competitive intelligence systems and imbedding information technologies into vehicles. He has served on advisory boards for several publishers and database producers and has done consulting work with engineering societies, database producers and U.S. companies. Schwarzwalder is overseeing the digitization of the Revs Institute archives and the creation of a digital library for the Revs Institute and development of the new Revs Program website.
Michael Shanks, Professor of Classics and Faculty of the Stanford Archaeology Center
For Michael, archaeologists do not discover the past; they work on what remains. Michael's research has taken in the building of prehistoric monuments in northern Europe (megaliths and mortuary practices), art and manufacture in the early cities of the Mediterranean (ancient Greek perfume jars), and life at the edge of the Roman empire (he currently directs the excavation of Vinovium, a Roman town in the English/Scottish borders). He has also researched ontemporary design (beer cans, and cars), and has worked with contemporary artists on the presence of the past, in deep-mapping historical senses of place, and in pragmatogony - accounts of the genealogy of things, where things have come from. At Stanford he teaches in programs in Classics, Archaeology, Urban Studies, Science, Technology and Society, Writing and Rhetoric, and in the d.school.
Murray Smith, Motorsport Consultant
Murray Smith has been around cars all his life, competing, managing teams, developing race cars, collecting, and creating events. Over the years, he has owned a Maserati 250F, a Porsche 956, a Frazer Nash Le Mans, a Packard 160 Woody, and two Lotus 15s. He also had a Ferrari SWB as his only car, which he parked in the street outside his Manhattan apartment. Formerly a senior executive in one of the world's leading advertising agencies, he is a member of both the British Racing Drivers' Club and the Road Racing Drivers Club. He was the founder of the Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Centre, and is currently Chairman of the Lime Rock Historic Festival. He has also been instrumental in generating substantial commercial sponsorship for motoring events. Smith remains a consultant on motorsports and motoring to several major corporations, a contributor to prominent historic motoring publications and an advisor to the Revs Program.
Frederic Stout, Lecturer, Program in Urban Studies
Frederic Stout served as the first director of the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford from 1973 to 1976, and has been a lecturer ever since. He is the co-author and co-editor (with Michele Marincovich and Jack Prostko) of The Professional Development of Graduate Teaching Assistants (Anker Publishing, 1998) and a contributor to The Encyclopedia of the City and The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Stout is co-editor (with Richard LeGates) of The City Reader, a widely cited anthology of contemporary and classic readings in Urban Studies now in its fifth edition from Routledge Press, and of Early Urban Planning 1870-1940. Stout developed and will be teaching the Revs sponsored Urban Studies class, The Automobile and the City.
Adele Tanaka, Program Manager
Adele Tanaka is the Program Manager for the Revs Program at Stanford and the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS.) Before Revs and CARS, she was on a special project with the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Prior to Stanford, she was with IBM where she held positions in administration and technical marketing. One day she hopes to replace her beloved van with something a little more exciting but for now she lives vicariously through the race cars the Revs Program instruments.
Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication at Stanford University, Director, Program in Science, Technology and Society
Professor Turner's research and teaching focus on digital media, journalism and the roles played by media in American cultural history. Turner is the author of two books, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006) and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (1996; Revised 2nd ed. 2001). His essays have tackled topics ranging from the rise of reality crime television to the role of the Burning Man festival in contemporary new media industries. As Director of Stanford's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Prof. Turner is helping develop new courses focusing on the automobile for undergraduates.
Elizabeth Kessler, Lecturer, Art History
Elizabeth A. Kessler earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Smithsonian Institute National Air and Space Museum. Her first book, Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime (University of Minnesota) was published in 2012.
David Miller, PhD Candidate, Communication
Dave Miller's research interests are in designing products, services, and systems to influence human behavior in the areas of environmental sustainability and health. Currently, he is researching how in-vehicle information displays can influence the mental models of driving efficiency and encourage drivers to drive in a more efficient manner.
Doug Sharp is a JD student at Stanford University.