Honorary Advisory Board Members

(alphabetical order)

Rafael Campo, MA, MD, DLitt(Hon)

Rafael Campo, MA, MD, DLitt(Hon) is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is on the faculty of the Lesley University Creative Writing MFA program. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Amherst College. He has won numerous awards and citations for his work, including the 1993 National Poetry Series Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry and for memoir. His poetry and prose have appeared in many major anthologies, and in numerous prominent periodicals, including Boston Review, Commonweal, JAMAKenyon Review, The LancetLos Angeles TimesThe NationNew England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times MagazineThe New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Progressive, Salon.com, Slate.com, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, and the Washington Post Book World. His poem "Morbidity and Mortality Rounds" was selected by Jo Shapcott as the winner of the 2013 Hippocrates Open International Prize. His collection of poetry, Landscape with Human Figure, was published in April 2002, and won the Gold Medal from ForeWord in poetry. In August of 2003, W.W. Norton published The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry, essays on poetry and healing. His fifth book of poems, The Enemy, won the Sheila Motton Book Prize from the New England Poetry Club, one of the nation's oldest poetry organizations. In November 2013 Duke University Press published his 6th book of poems entitled, Alternative Medicine. 

  • Alternative Medicine (2013)

  • The Enemy (2007)

  • The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry (2003)

  • Landscape with Human Figure (2002)

  • Diva (1999)

  • The Desire to Heal: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Poetry (1997)

  • What the Body Told (1996)

  • The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World (1994)

Jennifer duBois, MFA, Assistant Professor

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 Jennifer duBois’s debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was the winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction, the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her second novel, Cartwheel, was the winner of the Housatonic Book Award fiction and was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. The recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, duBois teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University. Her third novel, The Spectators, will be published this April.

David Eagleman, PhD

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David Eagleman, PhD, is a neuroscientist, an internationally bestselling author, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an adjunct professor at Stanford University.  He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and BBC.  Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and in that capacity he directs the Center for Science and Law.  Eagleman is the author of many books, including The Runaway Species, The Brain, Incognito, and Wednesday is Indigo Blue.  He is also the author of a widely adopted textbook on cognitive neuroscience, Brain and Behavior, as well as a bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 32 languages, turned into two operas, and named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble.  Dr. Eagleman writes for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.  He has been a TED speaker, a guest on the Colbert Report, and profiled in the New Yorker magazine.  He has spun several companies out of his lab, including NeoSensory, a company which uses haptics for sensory substitution and addition.

  • Sum (2009)

  • Wednesday is Indigo Blue (2010)

  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2011)

  • Why the Net Matters (2011)

  • The Brain: The Story of You (2015)

  • Brain and Behavior (2016)

  • The Runaway Species (2017)

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, PhD, is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature at Stanford University. Gumbrecht is a regular contributor to the the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,” “Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and “Estado de São Paulo.” He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Professeur attaché au Collège de France, and has received eight honorary doctorates in six countries. He has been a visiting professor at numerous academic institutions worldwide. He has been an instructor at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University (summers of 2005 and 2012), where he is a Member of the Board. Among his books on literary theory and literary and cultural history are Making Sense in Life and Literature (Minnesota University Press, 1992); In 1926--Living at the Edge of Time (Harvard University Press, 1998; translated into German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish); Production of Presence (Stanford University Press, 2004; translations into French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish); In Praise of Athletic Beauty (Harvard Press, 2006; translations into German, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Korean, Danish, and Ukrainian); California Graffiti – Bilder vom westlichen Ende der Welt (Hanser Verlag, 2010), Unsere breite Gegenwart (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010; translations into English and Spanish), and Stimmungen lesen (Hanser Verlag, 2011; translations into English, Portuguese, and Spanish). After 1945 – Latency as Origin of the Present, appeared in 2013 at Stanford University Press (German translation, 2012; Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish translations forthcoming).

  • After 1945 - Latency as Origin of the Present, Stanford University Press, 2013

  • Atmosphere, Mood, Stimmung, Stanford University Press, 2012

  • Production of Presence. What Meaning Cannot Convey, Stanford University Press, 2004

Kimberly Grey, PhD

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Kimberly Grey is the author of two books of poetry, The Opposite of Light, winner of the 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and Systems for the Future of Feeling, forthcoming from Persea Books. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals such as The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, A Public Space, Tin House, and PN Review (UK). Her research areas include Affect Theory, trauma and its effects on language, and contemporary experimental poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy and Stanford University where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from 2012-2014 and then a lecturer in creative writing. She currently lives and teaches in Cincinnati, Ohio and for the Stanford Online High School and Summer Institutes Program.

David Hellerstein, MD

David Hellerstein, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY. A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Medical School, he completed residency training at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. During his preclinical medical school years at Stanford, he participated in the Graduate Fiction workshop of Stanford’s English department.  He has received awards including four MacDowell Colony Fellowships and a 2016 fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He has been a Finalist in National Magazine Awards for Fiction, and has won the Pushcart Prize (Best Essay Award). Dr. Hellerstein has published widely in magazines, newspapers and literary magazines, including NY Times, NY Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Fiction, Scientific American Mind, and North American Review. Dr. Hellerstein has also blogged on Psychologytoday.com and Huffington Post. A practicing psychiatrist, he also conducts research combining psychopharmacological trials with serial multimodal MRI imaging in treatment of depression, and has published widely in professional journals. For over a decade he has taught a creative nonfiction class to preclinical medical students at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons entitled ‘The City of the Hospital.’ He is currently completing a book entitled ‘Mindset: Tales from Three Eras of Psychiatry,’ a collection of essays which explores how the reigning paradigms of psychiatry have changed over the past several decades, in an ever-evolving quest to understand the human mind.

  • Heal Your Brain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

  • A Family of Doctors (Hill and Wang, 1994)

  • Loving Touches (Houghton Mifflin, 1987)

  • Battles of Life and Death (Houghton Mifflin, 1986)

Paulus Hochgatterer, MD

Paulus Hochgatterer, MD, is Physician in Chief in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the County Clinic, Tulln, Austria. Dr. Hochgatterer combines his medical practice with creative writing, literary essays and plays. He is a graduate of the University of Vienna, Austria, Medical Faculty (1985) and has been a specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 1994. He holds a diploma for medical psychotherapy since 1994. He currently directs the Department of Child and Adolescnt Psychiatry in the Lower Austria Region, located in Tulln. In 2012 he served as the President of the Austrian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 1980, he has published short stories, novellas, and fiction (please see list of publications below). His work was translated into many languages, including English, French, Dutch, Greek, and Czech.  In 2014, he received the European Union Prize for literature for his book, The Sweetness of Life. He was the 2014 Pegasus Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.   

  • Cats, Body, War of the Buttons. Deuticke, Vienna/Frankfurt am Main, 2012

  • The Mattress House, dtv, Munich 2011

  • The sweetness of life, dtv, Munich 2010

  • A brief history of fly fishing, dtv, Munich 2008

  • About the surgery, 2nd Edition, Zsolnay, Vienna, 2005

  • About ravens, Rowohlt, Reinbek 2004

  • Whitewater, dtv, Munich 2003

  • Caretta caretta, Rowohlt, Reinbek, 2001

  • The Nystensche rule Deuticke, Vienna, Frankfurt / Main 1995

  • The stay, Müller, Salzburg, 1990

  • Rear view points, Niederösterreichisches Press House, St. Pölten, 1983

Nicholas Jenkins, D.Phil

Nicholas Jenkins, D.Phil, Associate Professor of English, is the Primary Investigator for Kindred Britain, described by the Economist as "an amazing digital humanities website that traces relations between 30,000 British people.” He has edited a Lincoln Kirstein Reader and co-edited and contributed to three volumes of Oxford University Press's "Auden Studies" series. He is General Editor of the Princeton University Press's "Facing Pages" translation series, and he has contributed essays and reviews to periodicals that include the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, the New Yorker, Raritan and the Yale Review. Jenkins is Co-Chair of the W. H. Auden Society and the Literary Executor of the poet, scholar and impresario Lincoln Kirstein, co-founder with George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet.

  • Outcast of the Island: W.H. Auden and the Regeneration of England, Harvard University Press 2007

  • Edited: Alan Ansen, The Table Talk of W. H. Auden (Princeton: Ontario Review P, 1990; London: Faber and Faber, 1991)

  • Co-edited (with Katherine Bucknell): "In Solitude, for Company": W. H. Auden After 1940: Unpublished Writing and Recent Criticism, Auden Studies vol. 3 (Oxford: Clarendon P, 1995)

  • Co-edited (with Katherine Bucknell): W. H. Auden: "The Language of Learning and the Language of Love": Uncollected Writing, New Interpretations, Auden Studies vol. 2 (Oxford: Clarendon P, 1994)

  • Co-edited (with Katherine Bucknell): W. H. Auden: "The Map of All My Youth": Early Works, Friends and Influences, Auden Studies vol. 1 (Oxford: Clarendon P, 1990)

  • Edited: By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991)

Eric Kandel, MD

Eric Kandel, MD, is a psychiatrist, a neuroscientist, and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. His other honors include the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize, the Gairdner International Award, the Charles A. Dana Award and the Lasker Award. In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind was awarded the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science and Technology.

  • The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, Random House, 2012.

  • Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2012

  • Memory: From Mind to Molecules, 2nd Edition, Roberts and Company Publishers, 2008

  • In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, W. W. Norton & Company, 2007

  • Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and the New Biology of Mind, Amer Psychiatric Pub, 2005

  • Essentials of Neural Science and Behavior, McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange, 1996

Jonathan Kellerman, PhD

Jonathan Kellerman, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (Psychology) at USC School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at USC. His first novel, When The Bough Breaks, was published to critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller. The book was also produced as a TV movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel. Since then, Jonathan has published a best-selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year. In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, Savage Spawn (1999), as well as the illustrated art book, With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars.  

  • Motive (2015)

  • The Golem of Hollywood (2014)

  • Killer (2014)

  • Guilt (2013)

  • Victims (2012)

  • Mystery (2011)

  • Deception (2010)

  • Evidence (2009)

  • True Detectives (2009)

  • Bones (2008)

  • Compulsion (2008)

Christine Montross, MD


A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction, Dr. Christine Montross is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed medical school and residency training at Brown University, where she received the Isaac Ray Award in Psychiatry and the Martin B. Keller Outstanding Brown Psychiatry Resident Award.

She received her undergraduate degrees and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Michigan, where she also taught writing classes as a lecturer following graduation. She was born and raised in Indianapolis.

Dr. Montross's first book, Body of Work, was named an Editors' Choice by The New York Times and one of The Washington Post'sbest nonfiction books of 2007. Her second book, Falling Into the Fire, was named a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For. She has also written for many national publications including The New York Times, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Washington Post Book World, Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Montross has been named a 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities, a 2010 MacColl Johnson Fellow in Poetry, and the winner of the 2009 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Emerging Indiana Authors Award. She has also had several poems published in literary journals, and her manuscript Embouchure was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She and her partner, the playwright Deborah Salem Smith, live in Rhode Island with their two young children.

Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD

Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and has been certified in clinical hypnosis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and President of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association, and is a member of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She has taught psychology classes at Lesley University and Harvard University. 

  • Our Superheroes, Ourselves, Oxford University Press, 2013

  • What is a Superhero?, Oxford University Press, 2013

  • Superhero Origins: What Makes Superheroes Tick and Why We Care, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013

  • What's the Matter With Batman?: An Unauthorized Clinical Look Under the Mask of the Caped Crusader, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

  • The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, Smart Pop, 2011

  • The Psychology of Twilight, Smart Pop 2011 (contributing author)

  • The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration, Smart Pop, 2008

  • Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City, Smart Pop, 2008 (contributing author)

  • The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived, Smart Pop, 2007 (contributing author)

Gail Saltz, MD


Dr. Gail Saltz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical College and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. A frequent contributor in the media, she is a columnist, bestselling author, podcast host and television commentator and one of the nation’s foremost go-to experts on a variety of psychological and mental health issues, especially those pertaining to women’s emotional well-being, relationships, and the mental health aspects of current news. In September 2016, Dr. Saltz  launched The Power of Different podcast. Each episode examined the minds of today’s high achievers as well historic icons who not only overcame being “different” or other life struggles, but THRIVED because of them. Featuring achievers, influencers and icons from any area of accomplishment including arts, music, science, tech, finance, sports, law, medicine and more, The Power of Different shared an eye-opening look at the remarkable ways disorder can result in some or our world’s greatest achievements.

  • The Power of Different: Link Between Disorder and Genius (2018)

  • The Ripple Effect: How Better Sex Can Lead to a Better Life (2009)

  • Anatomy of a Secret Life: The Psychology of Living a Lie (2007)

  • Becoming Real: Defeating the Stories We Tell Ourselves That Hold Us Back (2004)

  • She has also written two children’s books, Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts and Changing You: A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality.

Edith Sheffer, PhD

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Edith Sheffer is a historian of Germany and central Europe, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book, Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna (W. W. Norton, May 2018) investigates Hans Asperger’s creation of the autism diagnosis in the Third Reich, examining Nazi psychiatry's emphasis on social spirit and Asperger's involvement in the euthanasia program that killed children considered to be disabled. Sheffer's first book, Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain (Oxford University Press, 2011) was awarded three prizes, including the American Historical Association’s Paul Birdsall Prize. The book challenges the moral myth of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War’s central symbol -- revealing how the Iron Curtain was not simply imposed by Communism, but emerged from the everyday actions of ordinary people. Sheffer’s next book, Hidden Front: Switzerland and World War Twotells an in-depth history of a nation whose pivotal role remains unexposed yet was decisive in the course of the Second World War. The recipient of five teaching awards, Sheffer has also developed a method, Creating Lives, in which students craft a fictional historical character throughout a course, shaping the life paths of their characters through weekly diary entries. The method has been widely acclaimed and adapted in community colleges, and high schools, and universities.

Author links:  edithsheffer.com
Austrian: Der Standard 
German: Süddeutsche Zeitung & Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
English: NYT – Books of the Times, LA Times, New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Guardian (2), Nature. Science, Los Angeles Review of Books

 Times Literary Supplement Best Books of the Year, 2018, and shortlisted for the Mark Lynton History Prize 

Jenn Alandy Trahan, MFA, M.A.


Jenn Alandy Trahan is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford, where she was a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction. She received both her MFA in Fiction and MA in English from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Her work has appeared in Harper's and will be anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2019

Caroline Winterer, PhD

Caroline Winterer, PhD, is Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Professor of History, and (by courtesy) Professor of Classics at Stanford University. She specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America in its transatlantic contexts. She focuses on the history of scholarship, books, reading, libraries, and education as well as on the history of art and material culture. She is also interested in the many ways in which the early Americans have made sense of the past, from the deep past of earth history to the more recent antiquity of ancient Mediterranean peoples and American Indians. She is currently working on Stanford's collaborative Mapping of the Republic of Letters project, which is digitally mapping some of the major European and American correspondence networks and libraries of the early modern scholarly world (1500-1800). As a part of this project she is mapping the extensive correspondence network of Benjamin Franklin, as well as the holdings of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the leading library of Enlightenment America. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Mellon Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • American Enlightenments, Yale University Press, forthcoming 2016

  • The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University Libraries, 2011. Catalogue of an exhibition, 15 February-15 July 2011, Stanford University Library. Web version:http://lib.stanford.edu/american-enlightenment

  • The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750-1900, Cornell University Press, 2007; pb 2009

  • The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002; pb 2004

Tobias Wolff, M.A.

Tobias Wolff, M.A., is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English at Stanford. His books include the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War;  the short novel The Barracks Thief; the novel Old School, and four collections of short stories, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the World, The Night in Question, and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. He has also edited several anthologies, among them Best American Short Stories 1994, A Doctor’s Visit: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. His work is translated widely and has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, both the PEN/Malamud and the Rea Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Story Prize, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

  • The Barracks Thief (2014)

  • Back in the World (2011)

  • In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War (2010)

  • The Night in Question (2010)

  • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (2009)

  • Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories (2008)

  • This Boy’s Life (2007)

  • Old School (2004)

Marilyn Yalom, PhD

Marilyn Yalom, PhD, is a Senior Scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She has been a professor of French and comparative literature, director of an institute for research on women, a popular speaker on the lecture circuit, and the author of numerous books and articles on literature and women's history. Her books have been translated into 20 languages. In 1991 she was decorated as an Officier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government.

  • The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship, Harper Perennial Paperback, to be published late September, 2015

  • How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance, HarperCollins Perennial, 2012

  • The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds, 2008

  • Birth of the Chess Queen, HarperCollins Publishers, 2004

  • Inside the American Couple: New Thinking, New Challenges, University of California Press, 2002

  • A History of the Wife, HarperCollins Publishers, 2001

  • A History of the Breast, Alfred A. Knopf, Distributed by Random House, Inc, 1997

  • Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory, Basic Books, 1993

  • Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1985

  • Coming the Light: American Women Poets in the Twentieth Century, University of Michigan Press, 1985