Stanford
OCTOBER 20, 2014
About Our Team
Our Team
CESTA Affiliate
Laura_Eidem
Laura Eidem
Lab Manager, Literary Lab
Laura Eidem is a PhD candidate in Stanford's Department of English. Her interests lie in the digital humanities and computational literary history, particularly in researching the geographic change of literature's settings over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Claudia Engel
Claudia Engel is an Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology. She holds a doctorate degree in Anthropology. Her work centers around the academic uses of technology. She has been involved in anthropological projects that explore and apply innovative technologies, including the use of iPads in anthropological field research or the use of linked open data for archaeological repositories. In recent years she has increasingly become involved in spatial analysis and GIS and teaches a course on "Spatial Approaches in the Social Sciences." Claudia is co-organizer of the Spatial and GIS Special Interest Group at Stanford.
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Jon Felt
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Jason Heppler
Academic Technology Specialist, History
Jason A. Heppler is the Academic Technology Specialist for the Department of History at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, he served as the project manager on the William F. Cody Digital Archive at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has created or consulted on various digital history research projects over the last several years. He took a B.A. from South Dakota State University, an M.A. from UNL, and is currently working on his dissertation through UNL under the direction of Patrick Jones. Jason's research and teaching interests include the North American West, spatial humanities, digital history, information visualization, urban and environmental history.
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Teri Hessel
Researcher, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Teri Hessel has a BA in American History from UC Santa Barbara and a MLA from Stanford University.  She has a particular interest in literature by 19th century marginalized groups in America as demonstrated by her thesis “Frank J. Webb’s The Garies and Their Friends: A Reconsideration of an Early African American Novel.”  Happiest in the stacks with their tantalizing possibility of discovery, Teri will investigate primary sources to help recover the 19th century Chinese experience in America.
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Denise Khor
Director of Research, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Denise is Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and her research interests include 20th century U.S. social and cultural history, comparative ethnic studies, Asian American history, and cinema studies. She held a postdoctoral position in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University and was a lecturer in the Department of History at Harvard University.
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George Philip LeBourdais
PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Art History
George Philip LeBourdais is pursuing a doctorate in the history of art and architecture at Stanford, with a concentration in long-nineteenth century (1789-1914) America and Western Europe. His research focuses on the exploration and representation of extreme landscape environments – such as alpine and arctic regions – and the political forces that shape and contest them over time. In addition to working on cartographic and spatial history projects at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford’s own Spatial History Lab, George Philip is also an enthusiastic participant in the Environmental Humanities Project. He has worked with the Bill Lane Center to organize and design exhibitions at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. As a native of the Maine coast, he continues to revel (i.e. camping, climbing, and telemark skiing) in the incredible landscapes of California.
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Geoff McGhee
Creative Director for Media and Communications, Bill Lane Center for the American West
Geoff McGhee develops online media at the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He collaborates with media partners, researchers and scholars to create interactive stories, data visualizations and analytical tools. A veteran of online news, he has worked at The New York Times and ABCNews.com, and in France at Le Monde Interactif, covering a wide range of stories from breaking and investigative news to features on history, art and culture.
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Maria McVarish
Lab Affiliate
Maria McVarish is doctoral student in Modern Thought and Literature with a background in architecture and visual research. Her doctoral work centers on the relationships between historical thought, spatial practice and public memory, with particular attention to the after effects of railroad and industry history on landscape and identity.
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David Medeiros
Geospatial Instruction & Reference Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center
David Medeiros is the GIS Reference and Instruction specialist at the Stanford Geospatial Center where he provides individual GIS reference help as well as group instruction and training. He designs and presents a variety of GIS workshops on topics from Basic GIS, to Data Creation, Mobile Data Collection, and GIS Cartography. He oversees the day-to-day operation of the GIS lab, handling diverse data and technology needs, and supervises a team of student GIS staff. David collaborates and supports CESTA on a variety of GIS and cartography projects.
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Hilton Obenzinger
Associate Director, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Hilton Obenzinger is a critic, poet, novelist and historian, and the recipient of the American Book Award. He is the author of American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania, as well as articles in scholarly journals on American Holy Land travel, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and American cultural interactions with the Middle East. His most recent book is the autobiographical novel Busy Dying. He teaches writing and American studies at Stanford University and is Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America project.
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Raina Sun
Post-bac Research Assistant
Raina Sun recently graduated from Stanford with a BA in History and is now a post-bac research assistant at CESTA, designing, programming, and visioning for the Year of the Bay Crowdsourcing and Enchanting the Desert projects. Raina is passionate about storytelling and sees the work in CESTA as an essential bridge between research, public education, and personal expression.
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Giovanni Svevo
Archeologist
Giovanni Svevo is a professional archaeologist with 15 years of work experience in archaeological excavation and research, primarily in the territory of Rome. Since 2010 he has been the national director of the Associazione Nazionale Archeologi (ANA), Italy’s main professional archaeologists association. In recent years he has specialized in the use of GPS/TPS technologies and GIS software, applying this knowledge to archaeological fieldwork, focusing on the use of GPS/GNSS handhelds in surveys and the integration of different sources of data in GIS environment. He is currently involved in the Forma Urbis Romae project working on two aspects: georeferencing  Lanciani’s map on a modern base and organizing and digitizing archeological information on the map to integrate it into a geo-database.
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