“My graduate school years in EALC were truly magical. Having the resources to pursue my research wherever it might lead allowed me to ask questions and learn more than I ever thought possible before joining the department. Throughout my studies, the talent of the people around me inspired me to push myself beyond my comfort zone. But EALC stands out for its culture of cooperation and teamwork. Everyone in the department, from faculty to staff to students, is genuinely interested in the success of everyone else. My fellow grad students were not competing with each other—we were all pulling in the same direction...”
- Aragorn Quinn, Ph.D. in Japanese ‘15
Associate Professor of Japanese and Japanese Program Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"EALC has provided me the space and freedom to take advantage of the ample Stanford resources to pursue my broad interests. The community experience stands out as unique among academic institutions. The BBQs, Knight basement parties, pre-class coffee, and post-class happy hours combine to create a positive environment while one works through classes, exams, and dissertations. Whether inside the Knight Building or over Zoom, EALC’s tightknit community supports students' academic goals and life journeys."
— David Hazard, Ph.D. in Chinese '20
"I had the great privilege of working with some incredible scholars and mentors at EALC. Their commitment to scholarship, critical inquiry, and mentorship was inspiring. The department provided me with an intellectual home that was never hierarchical and fostered dialogic learning. My numerous conversations with professors and peers pushed me to clarify my research questions, sharpen my arguments, and chart out new territories of knowledge production. EALC was home to a friendly and welcoming community of wonderful human beings. I made some meaningful connections that have led to lifelong friendship and academic collaborations. It is with deep affection and even a great sense of nostalgia that I remember my five years at Stanford.
- Hangping Xu, Ph.D. in Chinese '18
Assistant Professor, UCSB EALC