Paul earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Cornell University and master's degrees in East Asian studies and public and private management from Yale University. His academic work has focused on East Asia, particularly Taiwan and China, where he has lived for more than a decade. He has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, and at Stanford in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Prior to attending graduate school, Paul worked as a corporate auditor/CPA in Hartford, Manhattan, and Beijing. Paul is also a translator of Chinese fiction and literary nonfiction, a Chinese tea enthusiast, and a technical scuba diver.
Stephen is a Student Services Officer at Stanford University for the Program in International Relations. Born and raised here in the Bay Area, Stephen earned his M.S. in Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During his Masters program, Stephen worked in both Cal Poly’s Dean of Students Office of Student Support, Success, & Retention as well as for the College of Science and Mathematics Student Services.
When he is not working with students, Stephen enjoys playing his guitar and bass, attending concerts, going on runs, cheering on his favorite sports teams, watching movies and television, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
Olivia Williams is the program associate for the Program in International Relations. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she went to the University of San Diego and graduated with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in philosophy. During her time at college, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome and travel all over Europe, as well as help teach English and build a community center in the Dominican Republic. As an IR major, her major interest and focus was with issues related to human rights, international law, international security and ethnic studies. Outside of school and work, she enjoys being at the water, watching reality tv, and spending time with family and friends.