Stanford University

Wasow Visiting Scholars in Symbolic Systems

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Tom Wasow, Director of Symbolic Systems (1992-2000, 2001-2005, and 2015-2016)

The Thomas A. Wasow Visiting Scholars in Symbolic Systems were inaugurated at Stanford in 2006. Supported by an endowment grant from anonymous donors, Wasow Scholars are chosen for their outstanding research contributions in areas of current interest across two or more departments represented within the Symbolic Systems Program. Visits by Wasow Scholars to Stanford may last for one or more weeks, and include a mix of public talks and informal discussion with students and faculty.

Tom Wasow, C. I. Lewis Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, Ermeritus, and Academic Secretary to the University, is a founder and long-time director (1992-2000, 2001-2005, and 2015-2016) of the Symbolic Systems Program. Tom's outstanding work in building and teaching in the program has been recognized through several university honors, including the Rhodes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1996), a Bert and Candace Forbes University Fellowship in Undergraduate Education (2003-present), the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for contributions to undergraduate education (2004). Tom continues to serve on the Symbolic Systems Program Committee.

List of Wasow Scholars:
Stuart M. Shieber (Oct. 16-Oct. 27, 2006)
Bonnie E. John (Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2007)
Terrence J. Sejnowski (Apr. 28-May 6, 2008)
Ben Shneiderman (May 19-23, 2008)
Hiroshi Ishii (May 19-30, 2008)
Margaret Boden (Mar. 31-Apr. 3, 2009)
Joshua Knobe (May 10-14, 2010)
Josh Tenenbaum (Oct. 24, 2010-Jan. 21, 2011)
Tania Lombrozo (Oct. 8-12, 2012)
Ken Norman (Jan. 6-10, 2014)
Joshua Greene (May 19-25, 2017)
Asifa Majid (Mar. 5-9, 2023)