Research Assistants

Griffin Bovee

A rising sophomore, Griffin Bovee is interested in studying History, American Studies, and International Relations. He began working for the Chinese Railroad Workers Project his freshman spring and is currently interested in researching the condition of Chinese laborers and how leading political figures perceptions of these workers evolved.


Juliana Chang

Juliana Chang is a rising sophomore majoring in Linguistics. She will be working on the Chinese Railroad Workers Project, with an interest in looking at how China’s media perceived the mass emigration of laborers to the United States. In her free time she enjoys writing, dancing, and listening to Beyonce.


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Kristen Lee

Kristen Lee is a recent graduate from Stanford with a major in History, focusing on the United States.  She has been part of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project with Professors Gordon Chang and Shelley Fishkin since its early stages in 2012.  Kristen works with both secondary and primary sources, particularly periodicals, as well as the construction of a timeline of the Chinese railroad workers’ history, and is excited to further develop new ways to understand and visualize the project’s findings.


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Asher Kaye

Asher Kaye is a sophomore from the great state of Colorado, looking out on the “purple mountains majesties” from “the fruited plain.”  He is majoring in American Studies and Psychology, and working on the Chinese Railroad Workers project after chasing down leads for the project in Denver this past summer.  Asher has a passion for history and literature, and looks forward to exploring the project from lenses of the various involved parties, their sentiments and paradigms.  In his free time, he enjoys reading fiction novels, researching random topics of interest, and making his way down the AFI’s ‘100 Years, 100 Movies’ List.


Ian Miller

Ian is a rising sophomore thinking of studying History, Economics, or Philosophy. He is a research assistant for the Chinese Railroad Workers Project with an interest in the relationship between diaspora laborers and the development of Chinese cultural and political identity. Ian comes from Charlotte, North Carolina and likes to talk about Indian politics, Existentialism, and the most recent issue of The Economist.


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Sarah Sadlier

Sarah Sadlier is a sophomore majoring in History, American Studies, and Iberian and Latin American Cultures. She is working with the Chinese Railroad Workers Project to document and visualize the experience of the Chinese on the Central Pacific. Sarah is excited to apply her skills from working with the Republic of Letters to the Spatial History Project. In her spare time, she acts as peer advisor for the ILAC program, is a president of the Alexander Hamilton Society Foreign Policy Club, studies languages, writes poetry, runs, dances, and smiles. Eventually, she hopes to become a professor of American history.


Nathan Weiser

Nathan Weiser is a junior at Stanford majoring in English and American Studies. A member of the Chinese Railroad Workers Project since June 2015, he is currently researching Cornelius Koopmanschap, the Dutch-American merchant tasked by Leland Stanford with obtaining the Central Pacific Railroad’s “coolie” laborers. He enjoys writing, reading, and arguing about nonfiction, and is a militant advocate of Central Texas cuisine.


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Kim Phuong Huynh ’14
Jill Madison ’13
Cleo Udry O’Brien ’13
Emilia Schrier ’16
Aoxue Tang ’16
Angela Zhang ’16