Michele Elam is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Humanities in the English Department at Stanford University, a Faculty Associate Director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and a Race & Technology Affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is former Director of African & African American Studies at Stanford.
Elam’s research in interdisciplinary humanities connects literature and the social sciences in order to examine changing cultural interpretations of gender and race. Her work is informed by the understanding that racial perception and identification in particular impacts outcomes for health, wealth and social justice. Her most recent scholarship focuses on how the humanities and arts function as key crucibles through which to frame and address urgent social questions about equity in emergent technologies.Michele Elam, Professor of Humanities, Stanford University