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Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D.

Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., is director of the Humanities Research Center and associate professor in the VCU Department of English, where she has been a faculty member since 2011. Stanciu is a scholar of multiethnic and Indigenous cultures in the United States, who works at the intersection of several fields in American studies: Native American and Indigenous studies, visual culture, and immigration and citizenship studies. Stanciu is committed to supporting and promoting faculty scholarship and intellectual community in the College of Humanities and Sciences, as well as broadening the rich connections between humanistic research at VCU and the student body and Richmond communities. Visit her faculty page on the Department of English's website for a full academic bio.

Jesse Goldstein

Associate Director

Jesse Goldstein, Ph.D.

Jesse Goldstein, Ph.D., is associate director of the Humanities Research Center and associate professor in the VCU Department of Sociology. His new book, "Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism" (MIT Press) offers a critical assessment of entrepreneurial approaches to addressing environmental problems with new technologies. A new research project looks at student entrepreneurship in the university setting. He teaches courses on environmental sociology and political economy, and is involved in a range of artistic and activist projects. Visit his faculty page on the Department of Sociology's website for a full academic bio.

Kristen Stewart

Graduate RA

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart earned a BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2008. Prior to entering the Media, Art, and Text Program at VCU, she was the Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume and Textiles for the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia with previous professional experience as a research associate in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a curatorial assistant in the Department of Textile Arts of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her research interests focus on the intersection of social power and gender identity as manifested in established sartorial codes.

Ramin Fazeli

Graduate RA

Ramin Fazeli

Ramin Fazeli earned an MA in Cinema Studies from the Art University of Tehran in 2019. He directed and produced two essay films and three short films. In addition, he has taught as an art trainer for eleven years. Sociology of art, communication and media, and film studies are among his courses.  Ramin's scholarly interests range from the history of film theory, reception and spectator theories, to psychoanalysis and critique of ideology.  His recent work focuses on the history of Iranian cinema, emphasizing Iranian art cinema and contemporary social drama. He attempts to investigate the role of post-revolutionary socio-cultural developments in the formation and evaluation of Iranian international cinema, along with the impact of the western spectator's reception on this cinema.

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Administrative Assistant

Rani Sisavath

Rani Sisavath is the Administrative and Communications Assistant for the Humanities Research Center.