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CCSRE Welcomes Annie Atura Bushnell as the new Executive Director!

CCSRE is proud to announce the promotion of Dr. Annie Atura Bushnell (BA Yale 2011; MA Stanford 2013; PhD Stanford 2019) to the position of Executive Director. 

Dr. Atura Bushnell is a scholar of feminist theory and Jewish American literature. In her former role as the Associate Director of Academic Programs, Dr. Atura Bushnell was central to the transformation of CCSRE’s core curriculum. She onboarded our two new Associate Directors Michelle Dinh (Asian American Studies) and Preston Taylor Stone (Native American Studies), was a linchpin in CCSRE’s efforts to stand up the new PhD Minor, and was a highly effective supervisor for the  Academic Programs team. 

In her new role as Executive Director, Dr. Atura Bushnell will continue her work with Academic Programs. She will oversee, under the direction of the Faculty Director of Academic Programs, the implementation of the Curriculum Transformation Grant awarded to CCSRE by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). As CCSRE’s Executive Director, Dr. Atura Bushnell will further collaborate with CCSRE faculty, staff, and university partners on the Center's wide-ranging portfolio of events, community partnerships, fellowship opportunities, undergraduate and graduate courses, and research networks.

As a PhD student in Stanford's English department, Dr. Atura Bushnell held the Lieberman Fellowship, the Geballe Dissertation Fellowship, and the CSRE Graduate Teaching Fellowship. In 2020, her dissertation was awarded Stanford English Department's prestigious Alden Dissertation Prize prior to her appointment as a Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow in 2021-22. 

Dr. Atura Bushnell co-edited a forthcoming collection about the literary politics of Jewish American women writers entitled Matrilineal Dissent: Women Writers and Jewish American Literary History (WSU Press, May 2024). Her solo book project explores feminism as a mechanism for Jewish women's integration into, and determination of, white norms of femininity.