OCTOBER 26, 2014
About Our Team
Our Team
Current Research Assistant
Eli Berg
Research Assistant
Eli Berg is a junior from Los Alamos, NM and is majoring in chemistry with a minor in computer science. He is interested in expressing information in ways that are both useful and beautiful, and in discovering new methods of problem solving. He has a love for music, the visual arts and gaming. He also plays trombone and can never say no to playing in another ensemble.
Brianna Brown
Research Assistant
Brianna Brown is a rising junior double majoring in History and Human Biology. She is working with CESTA on the Chinese Railroad Worker Project, where they ultimately piece together the stories of the Chinese immigrants that labored of the transcontinental railroad, using various sources. If you askher, the excitement that dances in her eyes is apparent. Besides working on this project, she is also junior class president and a PHE for the 2014-2015 school year. She's passionate about history, and knows working with CESTA will be a perfect start to traveling down the road of her future. Eventually, she hopes to become a lawyer. Also, you can call her Brie, like the cheese.
Emma Budiansky
Research Assistant
Emma Budiansky is a sophomore from New Jersey. She is interested in too many things, including but not limited to history, the German language, social justice, evolution, and the universe. In her free time, Emma enjoys knitting and baking, and is also involved with KZSU.
Delenn Chin
Research Assistant
Delenn is a rising sophomore and a prospective Computer Science major.  She is thrilled to be working on the Enchanting the Desert project and experiencing more in web applications and the growing connection between technology and the humanities.  In her free time, Delenn loves playing the cello, particularly chamber music, and hiking the hills of Italy.
Lucas Dube
Dartmouth College Research Assistant
Lucas Dube is a junior majoring in Classical Archaeology at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, he is the President of the Italian Club and a member of the Dartmouth Classics Society.  He participated in the Classics Foreign Study Program in Rome in the fall of 2013, traveling extensively throughout Italy and spending a week in Turkey. His mother is Italian and, as a result, he spent many summers in Italy and received dual citizenship. 
Krista Fryauff
Research Assistant
Krista Fryauff is a fourth year undergraduate student at Stanford University pursuing a Computer Science degree with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. She is currently assisting in the production of accessible, user oriented interfaces for the benefit of research efficiency.  Krista is interested in the use of technology as a tool to support other fields and communities.
Annie Fryman
Research Assistant
Annie Fryman graduated in June with a B.S. in Architectural Design & Engineering, and she is from the beautiful bluegrass of Lexington, Kentucky. At CESTA, she works with Allyson Hobbs on a microhistory of the Great Migration. Her research focuses on using GIS technology and 1949 Negro Motorist Green Book as platforms to explore the complex social, political, and economic landscape critical to the experiences of black business owners and travelers during Jim Crow. Annie’s interests lie at the intersection of historical narrative, transportation, social equity, and urban design, and she is thrilled to bring these passions and curiosities to this young and interdisciplinary project. Outside of the workday, Annie can usually be found sketching, writing, or cycling.
Grace Geng
Research Assistant
Grace Geng is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Mathematical & Computational Science. She is passionate about research, especially data collecting and processing. Grace is very excited to be working at CESTA this year because she loves to see how one humanity topic can be approached through different angles and how technologies can improve humanity studies.
Maria Greer
Research Assistant
Maria Greer is a senior majoring in History with a regional concentration on "the world" and a temporal concentration on "the past," until further notice.  She is also working on a minor in Creative Writing (prose).  Maria is thrilled to be a part of the Chinese Railroad Workers project and help bring this important piece of Stanford's history to light.  She hopes that she might eventually apply what she learns to uncovering similarly "lost history" in her home state of Montana.  In her spare time, Maria enjoys working with the Stanford Anthology for Youth, visiting museums, and baking cupcakes.
Lauren Hoffman
Research Assistant
Lauren Hoffman is a junior at the University of Oregon where she is double majoring in Art History, Interior Architecture and in her spare time swims for the University. She is working on the Lanciani project with Jim Tice where she is helping un-layer the enormous amount of history within the city of Rome. She spent a summer studying in Rome and throughout Italy where she had the chance to challenge her language skills and live out the dream of many art historians. She hopes over the course of her college career to get the chance to explore new skills that go along with the project.
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Hye Jeong Yoon
Research Assistant
Hye Jeong Yoon is a senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a focus on Intersectionality. If she could, she would choose to spend her life in the sun from bouldering to hiking to reading to sleeping. In her studies she is passionate about Asian American representation in the arts, inter-ethnic relations, and learning more about under-represented narratives. In her free time, she loves to sing with Stanford Talisman, act or direct with the Asian American Theatre Project, or brainstorm event ideas on AASA board. She also has a soft spot for campy horror, anything zombie, frozen berries, and baby carrots
Jonathan Lautaha
Research Assistant
Jonathan Lautaha, from Laie, Hawaii, is now in his junior year at Stanford, majoring in History and minoring in Economics. He is very excited to join the team at the Spatial History lab, and will be working with Michael Levin on the Rebooting History project. Rebooting History does not only spark his intellectual curiosity, but has a subject matter that is very close to heart, Jon having close family that has experienced living on the border of two of the different groups whose history is studied here--East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. Jon took a two year leave of absence to serve an LDS mission, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently and shared his religious beliefs with people from different parts of the world. On campus, Jon is very active in the Latter-day Saint Student Association, of which he is President, and he is also a part of Stanford's Polynesian dance group, Kaorihiva.
Annalise Lockhart
Research Assistant
Annalise is a recent graduate of the English department with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is working Mapping Emotions of London. Her interest in the intersection between literature and space brought her to CESTA last spring, and she hopes to continue to work on projects that strive to depict the complexity of the city, whether in literature or in mapping.
Debra Pacio
Research Assistant
Debra Pacio is a research assistant for the Chinese Railroad Workers project. As a senior majoring in English Literature, she is currently exploring the realm of Filipino-American literature for her honors thesis. She aspires to be a better poet and is an editor and contributing playwright for the 2015 Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) production. She also serves as a third-year peer writing tutor for the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.
Sarah Quartey
Research Assistant
Sarah Quartey is a recent graduate from the Urban Studies program, where she studied two of her favorite things: cities and maps.  She came to Urban Studies from her small town home in North East, Maryland (yes, that's what it's really called!).  Her other true loves are dogs and paper-crafting: her collection of maps rivals her collection of patterned paper, to say nothing of her map patterned paper.  At CESTA, she hopes to continue refining her R and ArcGIS skills while picking up Python.  The Law of the Antebellum Frontier project, the expansion to the Terrain of History, and an upcoming REVS collaboration keep her busy.
Niuniu Teo
Research Assistant
Niuniu Teo is a sophomore majoring in History and minoring in Creative Writing. She is interested in defining the ways minorities in America craft their own identities through stories. At CESTA, she is working with the Chinese Railroad Workers Project. Among other things, she enjoys sharing music, reading, jamming, and driving to the beach.
Van Tran
Research Assistant
Van Tran is a rising sophomore at Stanford who hails from Houston, TX. As a prospective English major, she is excited to work on the Tagging 500 Novels project and hopes to find ways for crowdsourcing to revolutionize how we think about humanities research. In her free time, Van reads lyric poetry, writes original fiction, and plays strategy games.
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