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Charlie Junkerman

Charlie Junkerman has had a 35-year career at Stanford, and stepped down as associate provost and dean of Continuing Studies in September 2018.  During his tenure as dean, Stanford Continuing Studies grew from a program offering 200 courses a year to 6,000 students to one offering more than 600 courses to 18,000+ students.  Charlie continues to teach courses on European and American literature, with special interests in 19th-century English and American Romanticism (Wordsworth, Emerson, Thoreau).  He has also written and lectured on Scottish history, British mountaineering, 19th-century landscape painting and Native American photography.  Charlie has taught in South Korea, acted as a mentor in a half-way house in Redwood City, participated in Northern Irish peace initiatives and served as an advisor to Indian tribes in Oklahoma on issues regarding repatriation of artifacts.

Charlie was amazing. His energy and interest level were so high.

Melanie Domres, '86, Scotland Hike, 2016


  • Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Studies, 1999-2018
  • Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, 1986-1990
  • Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center,1990-1995
  • Associate Dean of Continuing Studies, 1995-1999
  • Resident Fellow, Madera House, Wilbur Hall, 1984–1992
  • President, Stanford Historical Society, since 2010

Publications and Presentations:

  • Co-editor, John Cage: Composed in America (University of Chicago Press, 1994)
  • Co-Producer, Stanford Summer Theater 1997-2018
  • Guest curator, “100 Stones/100 Days,” Cantor Center, 2006
  • “A Biography of Stanford Sandstone,” STONEXUS, XIV, 2016
  • “Practicing Receptivity to Whatever Comes: Thoreau and Cage” (forthcoming)


  • Cuthbertson Prize for extraordinary contributions to Stanford, 2009

Academic History:

  • BA, English, University of Wisconsin, 1970
  • PhD, Comparative Literature, UC-Berkeley, 1985

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