Ellis Schriefer is a sixth-year PhD candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. Her interdisciplinary research centers around notions of placemaking, urban activism, processes of gentrification, and community building in contemporary Spain. Her emphasis is on understanding how communities in two diverse, working-class neighborhoods in Madrid and Barcelona establish a sense of collective identity through their social practices and cultural production. Beyond her dissertation interests, Ellis is also passionate about curriculum/instructional design, the Open Education movement, increasing community involvement within academia, as well as teaching Spanish film, literature, language, and cultural classes.
It is a privilege to be a part of the curriculum design team at the Center for Teaching and Learning because Ellis cares deeply about promoting innovative and inclusive teaching practices and meaningfully contributing to the enhancement of educational experiences for both students and educators. At Stanford and outside of her work with CTL, she serves as a Partner Success Manager for the Stanford Global Studies EPIC program, helping community college professors diversify and internationalize their curriculum. She is also one of the head project managers for two CESTA-sponsored digital humanities projects, Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic and EpiCConnect, that both focus on community building and teaching.