About Us

Formally tied to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Crothers provides opportunities for close interaction with faculty, experts, and distinguished visitors in a residential setting, with courses and programming all aimed at helping undergraduate students to reflect upon, and engage with, key challenges of globalization and interdependence.

Global citizenship refers to a moral and ethical disposition: the quality of an individual’s response to living in a socially, economically, culturally, and politically interconnected world. We are looking for students who want an intensive, residential educational experience to help them grapple with what it means to be part of a globalized world. We hope to attract students from multiple majors across the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and engineering who are interested in international issues and would like the opportunity to investigate the ethical, policy, and practical implications of globalization.

The theme dorm provides opportunities for faculty-student interaction through Crothers Fellows, faculty who are affiliated with Crothers; residentially based courses taught in Crothers; formal ties to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies programming and events; ties to other Stanford programs, centers and institutions; and student-led programming.

Resident Fellows: Stephen Stedman and Corinne Thomas

Stephen Stedman (sstedman@stanford.edu)

Stephen Stedman is Deputy Director at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University.

In 2011-12 Professor Stedman served as the Director for the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy, and Security, a body of eminent persons tasked with developing recommendations on promoting and protecting the integrity of elections and international electoral assistance. The Commission is a joint project of the Kofi Annan Foundation and International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization that works on international democracy and electoral assistance. In 2003-04 Professor Stedman was Research Director of the United Nations High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change and was a principal drafter of the Panel's report "A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility." In 2005 he served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary- General of the United Nations, with responsibility for working with governments to adopt the Panel's recommendations for strengthening collective security and for implementing changes within the United Nations Secretariat, including the creation of a Peacebuilding Support Office, a Counter Terrorism Task Force, and a Policy Committee to act as a cabinet to the Secretary-General. His most recent book, with Bruce Jones and Carlos Pascual, is Power and Responsibility: Creating International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats (Washington DC: Brookings Institution, 2009).

Corinne Thomas (corinnethomas@stanford.edu)

Corinne Thomas was born in Germany and raised in England by a French mother and an American father. She has dual nationality, American and French. Ms. Thomas earned Master's degrees in international studies from Georgetown University and in business from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked in university administration, international political consulting, investment analysis, and at Labour Research Service, South Africa's first socially responsible investment company, in Cape Town, South Africa. At Stanford, Ms. Thomas has worked in Residential Education and at the Haas Center for Public Service advising Stanford in Government, which she continues to do on a pro bono basis. In 2010 Stanford in Government honored her with its Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Thomas and Professor Stedman were Resident Fellows in Larkin from 1997 to 2003 and returned to the RF role in Crothers in 2009, enticed by the Global Citizenship theme. They have two children, Zoe (15) who is in 10th grade at Palo Alto High School, and Luc (13) who is in 7th grade at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto. They also have two dogs named Buster Brown and Posey; and three cats, George, Gracie and Jack, who all love students.

Community Information

Residence Type: Upperclass dorm 

House Size: 380 (about 65 residents are pre-assigned for the theme)

Room Types: Singles, One Room Doubles

How Rooms Are Assigned:

  • Roommates: Roommate pairs can be considered together if both the applications note the roommate’s name.  Refer to the Crothers Questions section below. Many students apply each year without roommates.  We set up a google doc for living preferences and hold several mixers for students to find roommates.  We have a very successful track record of matching students!
  • Pre-assigned theme students are clustered together in Crothers Memorial. There will be a theme in-house draw (separate from the in-house draw for the rest of Crothers) with designated rooms to choose from on the second floor of Crothers Memorial.
  • Preference for singles is given - but NOT guaranteed - to seniors writing an honors thesis.
  • One-room doubles and a few singles are available to pre-assigned students.
  • There are no gender-neutral rooms in Crothers or Crothers Memorial except for singles.  For more information, please see http://web.stanford.edu/dept/rde/cgi-bin/drupal/housing/thedraw/gender-neutral-inclusive-housing
  • There are gender-neutral and gender-specific bathrooms in Crothers and Crothers Memorial (see below).  For more information, please visit http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/resed/profiles/theme/crothers


Information Related to Gender Neutral Bathrooms and Restrooms

All bathrooms and restrooms in Crothers Hall and Crothers Memorial are gender neutral, except for:

  • Crothers, 2nd floor - WOMEN at Stern/South end and MEN at Encina/North end of the building (bathrooms in the middle hallway of the floor are gender neutral) and
  • Crothers Memorial, 3rd floor - WOMEN at Stern/South end and MEN at Encina/North end of the building (bathrooms in the middle hallway of the floor are gender neutral)

House Staff

  • 14 Resident Assistants
  • 4 Resident Computer Consultants
  • 4 Academic Theme Associates

[Return to Top]