Stanford University
Our Team
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Rameerah Anderson
Rameerah Anderson is a senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a concentration in Identity, Diversity, and Aesthetics. She is working with Michael Levin and the Rebooting History project to restore and revitalize archival photographs of Whiskey Gulch in East Palo Alto. Rameerah is excited to work with the Spatial History Project as its interdisciplinary focus will allow her to fuse her passion of photography with developing a more in-depth understanding of East Palo Alto through visual documentation.
Alice Avery
Alice Avery is a recent graduate from Stanford in History. She is working with Maria Santos on the project "Reconstructing California Conservation History," and is excited to explore and become involved in the realm of digital humanities.
Sam Azure
Sam Azure is a senior majoring in American Studies: Native American Studies. Sam began working with Professor White on the Shaping the West project in spring 2008. Sam has helped digitize the railroads by tracing railroads, adding stations, and entering names. Sam enjoyed the lab's opportunities to think about things in new ways.
Tara Balakrishnan
Tara Balakrishnan is a freshman from Seattle, WA, at Stanford University. She is a prospective Computer Science and Economics major, though she is also interested in Political Science and Sociology. Tara is thrilled to be working with Cameron Blevins on georeferencing and georectifying post offices and postal routes onto historical maps, which intersects her many academic passions. In her spare time, Tara enjoys participating in hackathons on campus and reading books. She also dances for Stanford's Basmati Raas, a competitive Garba/Raas team in performances across the nation.
Jenny Barin
Research Assistant
Jenny Barin is a senior majoring in History with a regional concentration in the Middle East. She is passionate about good food, live music, and spontaneous conversation. When she is not in pursuit of these joys, she is usually working on a theatrical production with the Asian American Theater Project, which she considers her second family. Jenny is very excited to be working at CESTA this year because she is fascinated by the disciplinary overlap represented by the digital humanities.
Cameron Bell
Vincent Bell
Vincent Bell is a senior majoring in History, having recently made the switch from Symbolic Systems. He finds the Spatial History Lab to be an uncanny match with his academic interests, and he is looking forward to crunching numbers as historical research. He is working with Jon Christensen on the Critical Habitat project.
James Bennett
James Bennett is a senior, majoring in International Relations. He is continuing research on the Chilean Aquaculture Industry for Zephyr Frank and Andy Gerhart, which he began in the fall of 2009 when studying in Santiago. He loves working at the Spatial History Lab, primarily because of the animated lab staff and research assistants and secondarily because of the hands-on learning that combines historical research with digital literacy. He cherishes the opportunity to be involved in producing "the future of historical education" with the Spatial History team.
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.
Whitney Berry
Project Manager for Terrain of History
Whitney Berry is the project manager for the Terrain of History project, supporting the work of Professor Frank and his undergraduate research assistants. She's played a vital role in the development of the Historical GIS for Rio, and co-authored a paper on the slave market in Rio during the 19th century. She is also the co-instructor of a graduate-level course in spatial history. In the Lab Whitney can be found working with undergraduate and graduate students on their research projects, developing tutorials on GIS and visualization skills, and collaborating with Lab staff and faculty on a number of projects.
Doug Bird
Doug Bird works on resource use ecology, ethnoarchaeology and questions surrounding livelihoods and land use in Australia and Western North America. His research focuses on understanding factors that influence variability in resource use practices among people that rely heavily on foraging. He studies the dynamic relationships between subsistence decisions, social relationships, their material signatures and conservation consequences. Currently, Doug is co-director of a long-term collaborative project with indigenous communities in Australia's Western Desert, investigating contemporary and pre-colonial land use, fire treatment, hunting decisions, and their implications for spatial and temporal diversity in domestic and biotic organization.
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Rebecca Bliege Bird
Rebecca Bliege Bird, Associate Professor, is an ecological anthropologist with research interests in the socioecology of production, the gender division of labor in hunting and gathering, cooperation, costly signaling, indigenous conservation/land management, and fire ecology. She draws on theory, models, and methods from behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and evolutionary ecology to answer questions about how local social contexts influence economic decision-making and how such decisions impact local ecological environments. She is particularly interested in how individuals solve the collective action problems inherent in common property land tenure regimes. Her current research project among Martu in the Western Desert of Australia is a broadly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach involving indigenous communities, graduate students, and other researchers at Stanford and other institutions to understand the dynamic relationship between fire, landscapes, foraging, and social organization.
Matthew Booker
Matthew Booker is the principal investigator for the Between the Tides project. He was a Visiting Professor in the Spatial History Lab from 2008-2009 and continues his involvement as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. The Between the Tides project aims to reveal, visualize, and analyze the changing relationship between society and nature on San Francisco Bay's dynamic tidal margin. Professor Booker has been working on this project since spring 2008.
Emily Brodman
Emily Brodman is a senior majoring in history. This year, she's working primarily with Richard White's forthcoming book on the transcontinental railroad: designing illustrations, conducting background research, and preparing the book's online supplement. Emily enjoys the lab's mixture of traditional historical research with design, as she happily splits her time in the lab between old books and Adobe Illustrator software.
Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a rising junior at Stanford University. Currently majoring in Science, Technology, and Society (with a concentration in Information Technology, Media and Society), she is also contemplating declaring an additional major or minor in Drama. She is working with Scott Saul’s team to develop an interactive supplement to his biography of comedian-actor Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, forthcoming). As an actress with a fascination for the performing arts and the ever-evolving systems in place for the effective communication of art across genres in today’s society, she is thrilled to be working on a project that intersects with so many of her personal and academic passions.
Molly Butcher
Stephanie Chan
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Sundar Chandrasekaran
Natalie Chladek
David Cho
Research Assistant

David Cho is in his final year in the accredited architecture degree program at the University of Oregon. He is working on the Lanciani research project with Jim Tice and Lauren Hoffman as a research consultant in providing aid to digitize the historical layers within the city of Rome. David is interested in urbanism through architecture and city planning. He hopes that working in the Lanciani project, that he would gain knowledge of the context of the city and study through its periods of change in order to visually see how the remnants of a particular city transitions over time.

Vernon Chuo
Research Assistant
Vernon is a senior majoring in Mathematical & Computational Science, interested in the application of programming techniques and data analytics in varied contexts. He is currently working on the Enchanting the Desert project with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, in conjunction with the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. He is excited to take part in the project to explore methods for web-based, spatial representations of a turn-of-the-century photographic slideshow of the Grand Canyon. In his spare time, Vernon enjoys improvising on the piano, holding music recording sessions, following macro trends, and reading up on new topics of interest. Vernon is funded by the Bill Lane Center for the American West
Rosie Cima
Rosie Cima is a Journalism-track coterminal Masters student in Communications. She did her undergraduate degree at Stanford in Symbolic Systems with a concentration on Human Computer Interaction. Cima is particularly interested in exploring data-visualization as a narrative medium. She is a founding member of and blogger for the Stanford Design Initiative.
Jake Coolidge
Geospatial Historian
Jake Coolidge joined the Spatial History Project at the beginning of 2011. He recently completed a Master's degree in Geography at San José State University, and has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Spatial History Project, Jake designed maps and developed geospatial assets as a planning intern for the City of Oakland's Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program, was awarded the Bay Area Automated Mapping Association's top student prize in 2009, collaborated with Bay Area artists in multi-media art installations, and worked as a letterpress printer. Jake brings these varied experiences and a passion for cross-disciplinary thinking to his work at the Lab, providing GIS and design software support and training.
Amanda Cravens
Amanda Cravens is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford after completing a Masters degree at the University of Canterbury where she wrote "Stories about pristine mountains: History, visitor interpretation and conservation in New Zealand 's Te Wahipounamu world heritage area." Amanda is working on the Tooling Up for Digital Histories and Critical Habitat projects.
Mithu Datta
GIS Specialist
Mithu Datta has been the lab's GIS Specialist since October 2007. Mithu has Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Geography as well as a Bachelor's degree in Education. She also brings with her over ten years of programming and development expertise in the private and public sectors including at Tobin Datagraphics, City of Austin (Texas), Ducks Unlimited, Wade-Trim Associates, Ford Automobiles, and Livingston County (Michigan). In the lab Mithu provides technical guidance from inception to completion for each project and troubleshoots and develops GIS solutions.
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Michael De Groot
Michael De Groot, a History major and German Studies minor, worked with Erik Steiner from 2010 to 2011 on the Holocaust Geographies project and focused his efforts on visualizing European borders during WWII.
Ryan Delaney
Ryan Delaney is senior majoring in History (of the Middle East) and minoring in Middle Eastern Literatures, Languages, and Cultures. Ryan has just begun working with Profess Frank on the Terrain of History project.
Ma'ayan Dembo
Ma'ayan Dembo is currently a junior majoring in Urban Studies with a focus in Urban Society and Social Change. She is working on the Reconstructing California Conservation History project with Maria Santos, which aims to understand and assess California's past conservation efforts in order to better equip potential policies in the future. Ma'ayan is excited to hone her GIS skills while digging deep into her home state's history.
Carrie Denning
Carrie Denning received her Bachelor's degree in Art History and History in June 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Sociology. Carrie has been working with Jon Christensen on the Bay Area Conservation and Development and Tooling Up for Digital Humanities projects. For Bay Area Conservation and Development, Carrie is helping develop a regression-based simulation model to examine what would have happened to currently preserved land in the Silicon Valley had it been developed. For Tooling Up, Carrie wrote a paper on the technology constraints and opportunities for the Spatial History Lab. Her favorite thing about working in the lab is the opportunity to work with people who are fascinated by questions about space and how physical space alters larger research questions like land use policy, transportation, and historic trends.
Benjamin Diego
Research Assistant
Benjamin Diego is a sophomore majoring in History and English, with a concentration on the art and literature of the Medieval Period. Her is thrilled to be involved with the digital humanities on campus. Ben is excited to be working with Professor Hanretta to explore the West African university system, its growing independence, and its impact on the region. In his spare time, Ben likes to cook, watch B-movies, and travel. He most recently walked (and loved!) the Camino de Santiago in Spain, which he would someday like to visualize with ArcGIS.
Dan Edelstein
Dan Edelstein is an associate professor of French at Stanford University, whose primary area of research is the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. He is also a PI on the Mapping the Republic of Letters project at Stanford. At the Lab, he will be working on mapping and analyzing early-modern correspondence networks.
Eric Eichelberger
Eric Eichelberger found his way to Palo Alto after 18 years of incubation amidst the humid sprawl of Atlanta, Georgia. At Stanford, he studies film as well as comparative literature, and at CESTA, he works primarily within Michael Levin's Rebooting History project, currently engaging with oral histories from East Palo Alto in an attempt to identify best practices for editing oral histories.
Anne Evered
A sophomore at Stanford, Anne Evered has lived in various corners of the United States, from Washington DC to Minneapolis to San Diego. She enjoys traveling and reading and is an avid board game player. She is fascinated by issues of design and how spatial arrangement affects how we conceive of the world, whether it be a website or the architectural design for a library. Anne is currently working on the Year of the Bay and 500 Novels projects, which seek to determine how crowd-sourcing might be used for research in the humanities.
Liz Fenje
Liz Fenje is a senior, majoring in History and minoring in International Relations. She is working with Andy Robichaud on the Animal City project, which is investigating the role animals played in shaping 19th century cities, with a particular focus on San Francisco. Liz is excited to work in the Spatial History Lab as its interdisciplinary nature fuses her interests of history and visual design.
Kevin Fischer
Kevin Fischer loves maps, and anything to do with maps. He is currently a sophomore history major working on the Shaping the West project with Professor Richard White. Most importantly, he looks forward to applying his new-found GIS and research skills to integrating history and technology/science to modern world practices.
Katie Fite
Katie Fite is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Art History. This is her second year at the lab working with Andrew Gerhart to study the impact of aquaculture and the salmon farming industry on Chilean society. This year, she looks forward to learning more about the complex interactions between global businesses, Chilean civil society, and the environment.
Victoria Flores
Victoria Flores is a senior majoring in Studio Art while also pursuing minors in Computer Science and Architectural Design. She is working with the Cigarette Citadels project, exploring the history of tobacco with special emphasis on its production and consumption as related to the industry's factories. She is particularly interested in data as a media for intelligent design and aesthetics.
Maxine Fonua
Maxine Fonua is a sophomore majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is particularly interested in the impact of race in urban settings. After learning of East Palo Alto's history and redevelopment, she joined the Rebooting History project in hopes to further her understanding of residents' experiences and the impact urban change has had on youth.
Emily Francis
Emily Francis is a rising senior at Princeton University majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with certificates in Environmental Studies and Dance. She is currently working as the teaching assistant for a Princeton Marine Biology field course at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Later this summer, she will join the Reconstructing California Conservation History project to analyze the carbon stock and sink potential of timberlands that were converted to state parks in the redwood forests of Santa Cruz and San Mateo County. Emily is excited to contribute to the work of the Spatial History Project and to use spatial analysis as a tool for understanding long-term effects of complex land-use histories.
Anne Fredell
Anne Fredell is a senior, majoring in International Relations with a specialization in comparative political and historical analysis. This summer, she is working with Martin Lewis to construct an atlas that depicts global economic and social data in a non-state-based framework. She is interested in international development and is excited to further explore this topic in the Spatial History Lab through GIS.
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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.
Jonathan Gelbart
Jonathan Gelbart is a sophomore majoring in International Relations. He has just begun working with Professor Booker on the Between the Tides project. Jonathan hopes to use his ArcGIS experience to advance the lab's goal of better understanding and exploring history with visualizations.
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.
Taz George
Taz George is a Senior majoring in Sociology and Italian, and is working on the Reconstructing California Conservation History project. Before joining the Spatial History Project, his experiences with spatial analysis included examining the relationship between unemployment and public transportation access in Sacramento County. Taz is excited to further develop his GIS skills while addressing critical questions about the successes and failures of conservation efforts in California.
Francisca Gilmore
Francisca Gilmore is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. This summer, she is working on the Cigarette Citadels project, studying the historical development of cigarette factories and their impact on local economies and peoples. She is interested in studying the prevalence of cigarette consumption as it relates to cigarette factory location in Latin America, looking particularly at her home country, Ecuador.
Hannah Gilula
Hannah Gilula received her Master's Degree in Sociology with a concentration on Inequality in June 2009 and her Bachelor's degrees in History and Spanish and Portuguese in June 2008. Hannah has been working with Professor Frank on the Terrain of History project since June 2008. She has been working on the Rio de Janeiro street centerline ArcGIS map as well as translating Portuguese to English for database development. Hannah enjoys working with Professor Frank to use various Brazilian sources and database information to develop and answer a variety of research questions. In February 2010 she will be going to Brazil on a Fulbright grant to pursue a research project which will explore how author Joao do Rio used the geography and space in Rio de Janeiro to tell his tales of the city. Click here to learn more about the outcomes of this research.
Karla Gonzalez
Karla Gonzalez is a junior majoring in History with a focus on global affairs. She is working with Lea VanderVelde's team on the Law of the Antebellum Frontier to map patterns of migration in and out of St. Louis during the 19th century. Karla is very excited to acquire GIS skills and delve further into the history of migration, a particular interest of hers.
Bea Gordon
Alexis Guadarrama
Alexis Guadarrama is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Iberian and Latin American Cultures. This summer, he is working on the Terrain of History Project with Professor Frank analyzing character networks in 19th century Brazilian literature. Alexis admires the combination of historical research and visualization methods in the lab and hopes to continue his connection with Brazil through his honors thesis and beyond.
Kimia Habibi
Kimia Habibi, a Classics major with a focus in Ancient History, worked with Professor White in the winter and spring of 2011 on the Shaping the West project. She used her existing knowledge of her home state to help further developing the "Railroad Repeats" Hart photo collection project. She hopes to apply skills and methods learned in the lab to form future teaching materials and research tools.
Leigh Hammel
Leigh Hammel is a senior in Geological and Environmental Sciences. She is working with Michael Kahan on the Philadelphia Street Life project. Leigh is specifically looking at prostitution in Philadelphia between the years of 1912 and 1918. She is using GIS to map the distribution of prostitution looking at race, age, and year throughout the time period.
Killeen Hanson
Project Manager for Shaping the West
Killeen Hanson was one of the Lab's first research assistants in summer 2007. During this time she helped set up the lab, research references to butterflies and grazing in historical newspapers for the Critical Habitat project, and find and georeference historic USGS quads for the Shaping the West project. In June 2008 she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a Bachelor's degree in English and minor in French. Killeen directed Professor White's Shaping the West project as Project Manager from September 2008 to August 2010. She managed the project's student researchers, provided direction and perspective, oversaw logistical and practical details, and determined and directed long-term project goals.
Kathy Harris
Lab Director
Kathy Harris was the Lab Manager from June 2008 to August 2010, and served as the Lab Director through 2011. She received a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Emory University. Kathy's experiences prior to joining the lab include working as a Project Manager at the University of Oregon's Community Planning Workshop, National Network for Environmental Management Studies fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Native Plant Conservation intern at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Kathy coordinated the lab's diverse research efforts, served as a liaison between faculty, staff, and students, and administered the day-to-day operation of the research facility. Her favorite part was the interdisciplinary nature of the lab's research projects and exploring opportunities for visual design in academic research. Kathy now serves as the Program Manager for Community Outreach and Education / DPS Emergency Management at the Stanford University Department of Public Safety.
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Dina Hassan
Research Assistant
Dina Hassan is a junior majoring in history with a focus on East Asia, specifically Japan. She is excited to be working with the Spatial History Project and Cameron Blevins on the Geography of the Post project. When she's not busy with her readings and kanji practice, she enjoys drawing and hanging out with friends.
Allie Hausladen
Allie Hausladen is a recent graduate from the Earth Systems program and will be continuing her Stanford career as a coterminal master's student in Earth Systems with a focus on water management. Previously, Allie has worked with spatial analysis using GIS to examine mechanisms of aspen decline in the West. This summer, she is working with Gregory Simon to explore the production of vulnerability in the Oakland hills by focusing on the historical development of water resources in the Bay Area.
Andy Hiller
Andy Hiller, a Political Science major, worked with Professor Jonathan Rodden on a project to create state maps with data from recent US national elections and the US census, aggregated to the census block group level.
Olivia Jackson
Olivia Jackson is a senior majoring in Product Design and minoring in Computer Science. This is her first year working in the lab as a general visualization assistant. She is excited about applying design skills towards historical research and the opportunity to be involved in multiple projects.
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Michael Kahan
Michael Kahan is the Associate Director of Urban Studies at Stanford University and is the principal investigator for the Mapping Vice in Early Twentieth-Century Philadelphia project.
Michelle Kahn
Michelle Kahn is a first-year doctoral student in Stanford's History Department, focusing on twentieth-century Germany. She graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, where her senior thesis on the politicization of German and British colonial-era humanitarianism received the History Department's "Best Thesis" award. At the Spatial History Project, Michelle will work with her adviser, Edith Sheffer, on the Forming Selves project. She looks forward to integrating her research skills with her background in graphic design and publishing, as well as to potential dissertation work on Turkish migration to Germany using spatial analysis tools.
Eli Katz
Eli Katz is a junior, majoring in History and minoring in Economics. He is working with Professor White on the Shaping the West railroads project. A longtime map and graphics enthusiast, Eli welcomes the opportunity to dive in to the sea of historical perspectives that is the Spatial History Lab.
Tori Keller
Research Assistant
Tori Keller is a sophomore from southern California pursing a major in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia and a minor in Arabic. Her primary interest in IR is how societies organize and how culture affects their political-economic development. This fascination was inspired by the logical yet seemingly random patterns in nature, like fractals and chaotic systems. They strike her as beautiful complexities begging to be understood. Tori hopes to learn more about data visualization (especially network analysis and GIS) to describe similar complex patterns in human behavior. Last summer, she began fusing this interest with IR when she researched rumor mongering in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq under Professor Lisa Blaydes. Her future plans include mastering D3.js, Arabic and scouring the world for the best cup of coffee.
Oliver Khakwani
Oliver Khakwani is a senior majoring in STS with a specialization in Product and Interaction Design. Last year he contributed to the Chinese Canadian Stories project. This year he will continue using data visualisation as a tool to identify and explore trends in large data sets for a variety of projects.
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Hannah King
Research Assistant
Hannah King is a senior majoring in Earth Systems and minoring in Biology. Her interests lay at the intersection of human and ecological resources and she is passionate about conserving the biological life and environments that humans depend on. She is working with Professor Deborah Gordon on the Desert Ant Colonies project and is excited to explore the spatial history of species behavior. She has studied ecosystems in Australia and bees in Illinois. Outside of the lab, she loves traveling, learning about cultures, singing, hiking, and photography.
Emily Kizzia
Emily Kizzia is a senior in the Earth Systems Program. She has previously worked in her home state of Alaska for the National Park Service, the Pratt Museum, and as a bakery barista. This summer she is working with Gregory Simon from the University of Colorado Denver to study the production of vulnerability in the East Bay by examining historic logging and vegetation patterns, land use changes, and post-fire development as it relates to Oakland's 1991 "Tunnel Fire." She looks forward to using the myriad lab resources to tell the story of the fire from new, thought-provoking perspectives.
Matthew Kohrman
Matthew Kohrman joined Stanford's faculty in 1999. His research and writing bring anthropological methods to bear on the ways health, culture, and politics are interrelated. Focusing on the People's Republic of China, he engages various intellectual terrains such as governmentality, gender theory, political economy, critical science studies, narrativity, and embodiment. His first monograph, Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China, examines links between the emergence of a state-sponsored disability-advocacy organization and the lives of Chinese men who have trouble walking. In fall 2003, Prof. Kohrman launched a new research project aimed at analyzing and intervening in the biopolitics of cigarette smoking among Chinese citizens. Underwritten by a U.S. National Cancer Institute Career Development Award, this project expands upon analytical themes of Prof. Kohrman's disability research and engages in novel ways techniques of public health. He is now working on a new monograph tentatively entitled Clouds: Making Life and Death in China's Cigarette Market.
'Amelia Kolokihakaufisi
'Amelia Kolokihakaufisi is the College Bound Program Associate at Foundation for a College Education (FCE). Before coming to FCE, she served as Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the City of EPA Community Services Department. At FCE, Ms. Kolokihakaufisi runs the Student Leadership Program, is the college coach for the high school juniors, and leads a book discussion and writing group. She is currently finishing an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies at San Francisco State University. As an East Palo Alto native, Ms. Kolokihakaufisi is passionate about serving her community and has been involved with community organizations such as the EPA Making It Happen Promise Neighborhood Initiative, East Palo Alto Youth Court, and the Know Our Hood Collective.
Ian Korn
Ian Korn is in the final year of his Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he arrived in Eugene after studying at New York University, working for an architecture firm, and a brief stint teaching English in Spain. His work on the Forma Urbis Romae Project allows him to combine his loves of architecture, history, and urban design.
Najja Kossally
Research Assistant
Najja Kossally is a research assistant for the Rebooting History project, primarily conducting interviews of various community members in East Palo Alto about education in the community. He is completing a History and Math double major at Stanford University and hails from Brooklyn, New York.
Maya Krishnan
Maya Krishnan is a sophomore planning a double major in History and Mathematical and Computational Sciences. This summer, she is working with Zephyr Frank to see how network analysis can be applied to literary works. She is also interested in scientific research and building tools that promote code-sharing among researchers.
Jaslyn Law
Jaslyn Law is a coterminal master's student studying Earth Systems with a focus on environmental geography. She works with Andy Gerhart on the Chilean aquaculture project. This summer, she is using GIS to do a comparative study of the Chilean and Norwegian aquaculture industries' responses to outbreaks of infectious salmon anemia.
Joanna Leon
Research Assistant
Joanna Leon, a 2009 Stanford graduate with a B.A. in Sociology, is a lifelong resident of East Palo Alto.  As a Mexican-American, Spanish-English bilingual, she is a strong advocate for appreciating the values and strengths in the community. She is part of the Rebooting History team and is excited to explore East Palo Alto's history. She is the Site Coordinator at Girls to Women, a grassroots, non-profit organization in East Palo Alto serving girls and their families through out of school enrichment programs.

Martin Lewis
Martin W. Lewis is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University, where he teaches global historical and regional geography, contemporary geopolitics, and the history of Southeast Asia. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979, and a PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. His recent research focuses on the history of geographical ideas, especially those pertaining to the division of the world. He is the author of Wagering the Land: Ritual, Capital, and Environmental Degradation in the Cordillera of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986 (University of California Press) and of Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism (Duke University Press), and the co-author of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (University of California Press) and Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (Prentice Hall). He also blogs about geographical topics, particularly those that are in the news, at
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.
Kelly Mabry
Kelly Mabry is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Architecture and minoring in Multi-Media. She is working with Professor Jim Tice on the Forma Urbis Romae Project to create a layered history of Rome’s evolution. For the last four years, she has worked closely with Professor Tice on past and current GIS-related projects, including the creation of a three dimensional topographic map of Rome, Italy. She has recently returned from a quarter abroad in Rome where—under the supervision of Dr. Allan Ceen, Professor of Pennsylvania State and director of Stadium Urbis—she accumulated sources and continued research for the Forma Urbis Romae Project.
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Aditya Mandayam
Lucas Manfield
Lucas Manfield is a sophomore working on Professor Frank's Terrain of History project. Lucas has been developing a database model for storing and retrieving data collected during Professor Frank's research. Lucas's favorite thing about working in the lab is its collaborative atmosphere.
Alex McInturff
Alex McInturff is a Master's student in Earth Systems. In the spring of 2009, he walked from Oakland, California, to Yosemite National Park, retracing a trek that John Muir made in 1868. He is currently writing about that and creating a spatial history of this "California Transect" as part of the Critical Habitat and Tooling Up for Digital Histories projects.
Marco Medellin
Marco Medellin is a senior majoring in Chicano Studies. His research interests include migration and the development of identity. Some of his most recent work includes a presentation on differing perceptions of the United States and Mexico border region at the Association of American Geographers national conference. He enjoys the interdisciplinary atmosphere the Spatial History Project provides and hopes that his work on the Rebooting History project helps develop a better understanding of East Palo Alto.
Veriene Melo
Veriene Melo recently graduated from Stanford University with a Masters in Latin American Studies. She is also a research assistant at the Program on Poverty and Governance at CDDRL and is particularly interested in issues of criminal violence, local governance, and educational development in Latin America. She has been involved with the Terrain of History project since October 2011, mainly tagging nineteenth-century Brazilian novels. She enjoys the interdisciplinary atmosphere that the Spatial History Lab has to offer and hopes this experience will further her understanding of the history of Rio de Janeiro, the city where she was born and raised. She is now working with Professor Daryle Williams on a project about Free Africans in nineteenth-century Brazilian slave society.
Dan Meyer
Dan Meyer '08 is back on The Farm and excited to work with this summer's crop of RAs developing interactive Flash visualizations to enhance their research projects.
Julio Mojica
Julio Mojica is a sophomore double majoring in Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society. He works with Professor Frank on the Chilean Salmon Project. This past summer he participated in an archaeological excavation in Chavin de Huantar, Peru. He hopes to continue working on archaeological projects in the near future and applying what he learns in the lab.
Sanaz Motahari
Sanaz Motahari is a second year graduate student in Electrical Engineering. Sanaz is working with Jon Christensen on the Tooling Up for Digital Humanities project. She is also involved in the Shaping the West project, and is collaborating with Killeen Hanson to best visualize the Hart Railroad Photos.
Otto Murphy
Otto Murphy is a sophomore probably majoring in Symbolic Systems and definitely interested in bringing historical data to life in captivating visualizations. He will be working to that end with various groups within the lab throughout the summer. In his spare time he will watch MGMT videos on Youtube.
Nick Murray
Nick Murray, an Earth Systems and Latin American Studies major, worked on the Terrain of History project and made some contributions from his recent research in the Brazilian Amazon. Nick is interested in Latin American history, especially that of Brazil, and is a huge fan of Brazilian culture. Nick is looking forward to helping develop Prof. Frank's projects in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, and is eager to continue working with Brazil after graduation.
Ashley Ngu
Research Assistant
Ashley Ngu is a Sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction and minoring in Art Practice. Her interests lie at the intersection of art, technology, food, and culture. In addition to these areas, she will excitedly talk about museum exhibits, interactive art installations, Asian American issues, and the future of food. While not playing with pixels, Ashley can be found making mochi, reading, or snapping photographs. Ashley is funded by the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Karen Nguyen
Alec Norton
Alec Norton
Bugei Nyaosi
Bugei Nyaosi is a sophomore majoring in Management Science and Engineering. He works with Professor Dan Edelstein on the Mapping the Republic of Letters project. He is excited to work on creating Java Script visualizations for this particular project.
Joe Oehmke
Cameron Ormsby
Cameron Ormsby, a History major, worked on the Shaping the West project with Professor White from 2010 to 2011. Her work included digitizing and georeferencing maps of Tulare, Fresno, and Kings Counties as part of her research in land speculation and the development of the Central Valley.
Lucas Oswald
Research Assistant
Lucas is a senior majoring in Earth Systems, focusing on social entrepreneurship and food economics. Lucas is particularly interested in exploring solutions to environmental problems that also overlap with social problems, and usually finds that the causes for such problems are rooted in the past. Currently Lucas is working on a project mapping the growth of 19th century public water access points in Rio de Janeiro with Jorun Poettering , a visiting scholar from Harvard University.
Sophia Paliza-Carre
Sophia Paliza-Carre is currently a senior majoring in History with a focus on global affairs. She is working on the Shaping the West project with Richard White, and will be working to help represent and analyze railroads as spatial patterns in the 19th century American West. Her interest in GIS was piqued by a class in ArcGIS software she took in which she mapped the suitability of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. In her spare time, she is also an associate producer for the Stanford Storytelling Project and loves coffee.
Toral Patel
Toral Patel graduated from Middlebury College with a joint degree in Geography and Political Science. She is working on the Terrain of History project this fall, and looks forward to exploring new ways to apply GIS to interdisciplinary research.
Alexandra Peers
Alexandra Peers is a junior majoring in Human Biology, with a concentration in Human Ecology, looking at the interactions between people and their environments. Working on the Reconstructing California Conservation History project, she is researching how the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of California are interwoven with the state’s conservation history. She’s very excited to learn GIS, as this is the first time she had the chance to work with spatial analysis.
Aaron Peterson
Aaron Peterson is a senior majoring in History of Science and Medicine and minoring in Creative Writing. This summer he is working with Professor White on Shaping The West, analyzing how 19th and early 20th century railroad development influenced land usage in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and exploring implications for future environmental challenges. Aaron is excited to engage with spatial analysis to draw connections between the environmental and social sciences and to visually communicate complex concepts in an easily comprehensible manner. He loves reading, writing fiction and nonfiction, and anything to do with the outdoors, especially the ocean, and looks forward to integrating spatial analysis into a career in environmental/social justice law or academia.
Jess Peterson
Jess Peterson worked in the lab from 2010 to 2011 on the Shaping the West project, and is currently studying Economics and History. He loves trains and has crossed the country several times by rail. Professor White's Shaping the West Project has been the perfect place for Jess to combine his interests in American history and railroads.
Miriam Pollock
Miriam Pollock is a sophomore from San Francisco and Seattle majoring in Classics. She is working with Professor Christensen on the Year of the Bay project, which seeks to use crowdsourcing to gain an in-depth understanding of different narratives of environmental history. Specifically, the project prompts users to engage with photographs and maps that explore the history the San Francisco Bay. She is excited to combine her interests in her history, maps, and data visualization through this project. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, spending time with friends, and caffeine.
Anna Ponting
Anna Ponting is a senior majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Modern Languages. She is working with Professor Jim Tice on the Forma Urbis Romae Project to create a layered history of Rome's evolution. As a lover of both cities and Italy, where she spent a quarter abroad, she is thrilled to work on a project that also incorporates her interest in GIS and humanities visualization tools. She has worked on past GIS-related projects with the Center for Education Policy Analysis, the Center for Poverty and Inequality, and as a teaching assistant for a course on GIS fundamentals.
Jackson Poulos
Research Assistant
Jackson Poulos is a Sophomore from Beaverton, Oregon majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science. He is excited to combine his passion for technology with the world of humanities and social sciences. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, guitar and spending time outdoors.
Claudia Preciado
Claudia Preciado is a senior majoring in Urban Studies with a focus on Urban Society & Social Change. She will be completing a Masters in Urban Planning this upcoming fall. Her research interests include sustainable land use planning, environmental history, climate change impacts on coastal cities, and international environmental policy. She is currently working on a City Nature project through the Bill Lane Center for the American West with Jon Christensen, in collaboration with the Spatial History Project's Maria J. Santos. Through the use of spatial analysis tools and techniques, they will answer a range of questions from park conservation to access and equity in the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Her specific focus will be on answering these questions for the Los Angeles region. Her ultimate career goal is in International Sustainable Development, focusing on Latin American countries.
Jonathan Proctor
Jonathan Proctor is a junior majoring in Earth Systems with a concentration in Energy Systems. He is working with Andrew Gerhart to investigate Chile's Aquaculture Industry from1950-2000. Jon is excited to work with the spatial history lab because it offers a unique view of historical and scientific events!
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.
Alex Ramsey
Research Assistant
Alex Ramsey is a freshman pursuing Computer Science as well as a minor in Music, Science and Technology. He is originally from Grass Valley, CA, a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. Growing up surrounded by Gold Rush artifacts, he developed an interest and appreciation for his local history which, along with his interest in technology, inspired him to join the research team. He is also a member of the Stanford Band as well as several other musical groups, primarily playing saxophone. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, hiking, and reading random Wikipedia articles.
Nicolle Richards
Research Assistant
Nicolle Richards is a sophomore from Vienna, Austria. At Stanford she is studying Public Policy with a focus on International Human Rights Policy. She is working with Allyson Hobbs on the Microhistory of the Great Migration project, and will be looking at methods to retrace African American migration in the 1900s. She is excited to learn more about the history of migration at CESTA and apply the lessons learned to current issues related to migration. In her spare time she loves to run, travel and drink lots of coffee.
Allen Roberts
Allen Roberts is a sophomore majoring in Biology. He worked with Professor Booker on the Between the Tides project between fall 2008 and winter 2009. Allen georeferenced an early 20th century archaeological map of Native American oyster shell mounds to modern digital photos of the San Francisco Bay area. He and Professor Booker also incorporated this into a larger project that studies how the Bay shaped the economies of local inhabitants, from shell mounds to Silicon Valley. Allen's favorite thing about working in the lab was its innovative and new way of approaching history with GIS. He also enjoyed the fun and useful cooperation between projects.
Alexis Z._Romero
Alexis Z. Romero
Alexis Z. Romero is a senior double-majoring in Political Science and Iberian & Latin American Cultures. He is working with Professor Frank on the Rebooting History project. Some of his most recent work includes a research project assessing the performance of Guatemala's conditional cash-transfer program. In his spare time, you can find him dancing, running, cooking or playing soccer. He is excited to work with the Spatial History Project and explore the realm of spatial analysis.
Eric Ross
Eric Ross is a Master's student in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Colorado Denver and is working with visiting scholar Gregory Simon on the Vulnerability in Production at the Wildland/Urban Interface project. His recent undergraduate studies in geography and criminal justice concentrated on urban studies with a focus on GIS applications. He has been a professional research assistant for the past two years implementing GIS for a variety of university projects including health, historical geography, and planning.
Melissa Runsten
Melissa Runsten is a senior majoring in Human Biology (with a concentration in Environmental Change and International Health) and minoring in Creative Writing. She has just begun working with Jon Christensen on analyzing and visually representing national conservation and development trends, with an emphasis on the western US. She appreciates the interdisciplinary nature of the lab and looks forward to exploring environmental change from historical, technical, and spatial perspectives.
David Sabeti
David Sabeti is a junior, majoring in Mathematical and Computational Sciences with a minor (or double major, if he's feeling ambitious) in history. He's working with Professor Frank on the Terrain of History project, spending most of his time working with the project's database. Unable make up his mind between the humanities and the sciences/technology, David's disciplinary indecision feels right at home in the Spatial History Lab, and he can't wait to apply new tools to old questions.
Sarah Sadlier
Research Assistant
Sarah Sadlier is a sophomore from Gig Harbor, Washington. At Stanford, she is majoring in History, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and American Studies (with a concentration in “War, Weaponry, and International Security”). She is particularly interested in Colonial America, the American West, and American Foreign Policy. In the future, she hopes to become a history professor. Currently, Sarah is a member of the Chinese Railroad Workers project. When she is not studying or working, Sarah enjoys dancing, running, writing poetry, learning languages, and adventuring.

Mark Sanchez
Research Assistant
Mark Sanchez is a junior majoring in both History and Communication with a concentration on the American West. Mark is working on the Animal City project with Andy Robichauld. While currently focused on San Francisco, Animal City deals with the way animals helped shape 19th century cities. In addition to learning the basics of historical spatial analysis, Mark is excited to learn more about the history of the Foggy City.
Yule Schmidt
Jeremy Schreier
Jeremy Schreier is a rising junior majoring in History and minoring in Music Composition. This summer he is working on the Shaping the West Project with Professor White, examining the environmental implications the expansion of railroads held on the California Delta region. He is an avid jazz pianist, and enjoys performing with his band at various events on and off campus. Jeremy is excited to work with spatial analysis tools for the first time, and looks forward to expanding current knowledge about the relationships between the American West, railroads, and environmental conservation.
Julia Schubach
Julia Schubach started working in the lab with the Shaping the West project in 2011 as a freshman intending to major in Product Design. She assisted with the preparation of the website for Richard White's latest book, Railroaded.
Allison Semrad
Research Assistant
Allison Semrad is a junior studying civil engineering.  She's interested in the intersection between old and new, especially involving the built world (in infrastructure or architecture) and believes there's a lot of value in creating ways to make historical information relevant to current cities and populations.  She's really excited to be working with the Mellon Railroads team to explore crowdsourcing while diving into the history of railroads in the American West.
Peter Shannon
Peter Shannon is a fifth year senior majoring in Music and minoring in Film Studies. He worked at the Spatial History Lab last summer on developing a dynamic Flash-based program for visualizing GIS data (codenamed Project Steel). This summer, he is focused on creating interactive Flash visualizations for specific research projects across the Lab.
Gabriel Shields-Estrada
Gabriel Shields-Estrada is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Management Science & Engineering. He has been working with Jon Christensen primarily on the Critical Habitat project. Gabriel has been completing mathematical and statistical analyses of factors that correlate to extancy of Bay Area Checkerspot butterfly populations. Gabriel has also helped conduct research for the Tooling Up for Digital Humanities project. His favorite thing about working in the lab is the dynamic intellectual environment with a focus on exploration.
Evgenia Shnayder
Evgenia Shnayder is a Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant on Shaping the West. She has been working with Professor White on the project since April 2008. Evgenia graduated from Stanford University in June 2010 with university distinction, a B.A. in history with a focus on American history and with departmental honors, and a minor in Political Science. Evgenia has helped organize and acquire historic documents, develop base data by digitizing rail lines, stations, and quads, create visualizations of Nebraska, stockholder data, California railroad construction dates, American Railway Union growth, and Colorado railroad accidents. She is also the author of "When the Loss of a Finger is Considered a 'Minor' Accident" and "A Data Model for Spatial History: The Shaping the West Geodatabase." She enjoys the supportive lab environment and freedom to pursue her own research questions.
Michael Simpson
Christina Smith
Research Assistant
Christina Smith is a sophomore majoring in Classics and minoring in Medieval Art History. She enjoys exploring monastic ruins and is intrigued by Gothic choir stall carvings. She hopes, someday, to excavate remains of Roman or Anglo-Saxon Britain. Christina is also an avid student of the traditional Scottish fiddle and a wicked step dancer! When not studying or working, Christina can be found participating in jam sessions, drinking tea, serving at a local soup kitchen, and enjoying family and friends near and far. She greatly looks forward to learning and contributing to the Chinese Railroad Workers project at CESTA.
Kierstyn Smith
Research Assistant
Kierstyn Smith is a sophomore from Waterford, Connecticut. She is currently studying Human Biology with a Minor in Modern Language (fluency in French and German and knowledge of these cultures). When she's not at CESTA, she can be found choreographing hip-hop routines for her dance crew, ticking off countries from her "To Visit" list, or scrolling through Buzzfeed quizzes. 
Diana Solorio
Bojan Srbinovski
Research Assistant
Bojan Srbinovski is a sophomore who hails from Republic of Macedonia, where he learned how, among other things, English from Cartoon Network. He is interested in the relationship between cognitive science and narrative theory. At CESTA, he is a member of the Chinese Railroad Workers project.
Charu Srivastava
Research Assistant
Charu Srivastava is a freshman from Palo Alto, CA and a potential Product Design major. She is interested in the intersection of the humanities and sciences and hopes to integrate both fields while working with the Spatial History Project. She loves to reason things out pictorially and apply her design skills to display information in an aesthetically pleasing way. At CESTA, she hopes to develop a broad-based skills set by which she can incorporate her passion for design, technology and the social sciences. In her spare time, she likes to paint, bake and play the guitar.
Moritz Sudhof
Moritz Sudhof is a junior majoring in who-knows-what. He is working with Jon Christensen (and other fabulous friends) on the Botanizing California and Tooling Up for Digital Histories projects. Moritz thinks plants are just about the coolest things ever, and he enjoys engaging with questions of design and visual story-telling.
Alex Tarr
Alex Tarr is a PhD Candidate in geography at UC Berkeley. He is working with Scott Saul’s team to develop an interactive supplement to his biography of comedian-actor Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, forthcoming). As a geographer with a background in multimedia scholarship, he comes to the Spatial History Project with a passion for combining space-based and digital/interactive research methods, and is looking forward to applying both the history of Richard Pryor in Peoria, Illinois.
Margaret Tomaszczuk
Research Assistant
Margaret Tomaszczuk is a junior at Stanford University majoring in anthropology with a minor in computer science. She is interested in the intersection of digital technology and the humanities, particularly the use of digital technology in knowledge production. Margaret is passionate about the visual arts, and enjoys traveling and cooking in her free time.
Danny Towns
Post-bac Research Assistant
Danny Towns is a junior majoring in History. In past years he's worked for the city department of Parks & Recreation in his hometown of Portland, OR, and has engaged in preschool teaching and developmental psychology research here at Stanford. In his spare time he illustrates for the Chaparral, Stanford's undergraduate humor magazine, and loves reading and the outdoors. He is most excited by the amazing flexibility of the methods and tools used in the Spatial History Lab, and hopes to incorporate these techniques in his pursuit of legal studies as an undergraduate and at the professional level.
Ashleigh Wais
Research Assistant
Ashleigh Wais is a senior from New York majoring in Science, Technology and Society, with a minor in Italian. She is working on the Forma Urbis Romae project with Professor Jim Tice to help bring the history and archeology of Rome to light through the digitalization of the Lanciani map. Ashleigh has a passion for design, music and art, and also is an active member of the Stanford Band and KZSU. After studying abroad in Florence during Spring 2013, Ashleigh fell in love with Italy and Italian culture, and is thrilled to be able to apply her language and design skills to the project. 
Matthew Walter
Research Assistant
Matthew Walter is a Junior majoring in Earth Systems with a concentration in Land Use. He is working on the California Conservation History project with Maria Santos, and is excited to study the open spaces he grew up exploring in his home state. Matt is fascinated by the nexus between sustainability and urban planning and design, and hopes to broaden his understanding of both subjects during his time with the Spatial History Project.
Noemi Walzebuck
Noemi Walzebuck, an Urban Studies major and minoring in International Relations, worked with Zephyr Frank on the Terrain of History project in the winter and spring terms of 2011. Her involvement in the project provided an opportunity to analyze her home city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and to further her statistical research skills in the lab. She hopes to go into urban planning in the international development sector someday.
Jordon Wappler
John Watson
John Watson is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Engineering and Art History. He has been working with Professor White on the Shaping the West project since June 2008. John has helped develop base data by digitizing rail lines and stations, create a quad index, digitize historic documents, and design a visualization to illustrate the way the railroad freight rate manipulations distorted time and space. John's favorite thing about working in the lab is the camaraderie among faculty, staff, and students.
Natasha Weiss
Natasha Weiss is a sophomore from San Francisco, likely majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She is working alongside Nicholas Bauch on the Enchanting the Desert project, which aims to allow viewers to enter the world of 1930's photographs of Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks by way of digital, multi-media interaction. She is a lover of the American West and is fascinated by the ways in which people shape and are shaped by the landscapes that are their homes.
Davis Wertheimer
Research Assistant
Davis is a prospective Symbolic Systems major, interested in examining self-perpetuating constructs and group dynamics. He is currently working on the photography of Carleton Watkins, in an art/research/design collaboration between the Cantor Art Museum, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and the Branner Earth Sciences Library. Last summer, Davis was part of a Stanford research expedition tracking Hannibal’s route through the Alps, based on geographical data and ancient historical writings. This sparked his interest in spatial and geographical analysis. In his spare time, Davis enjoys creating fractal art, writing poetry and short stories, 3D printing and designing, and making his own ice cream. Davis is funded by the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Melissa Wiggins
Melissa Wiggins is a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Geography with an emphasis on GIS. She is particularly interested in human geography, focusing on human interaction with the natural environment. Throughout the summer, Melissa will be working with Gregory Simon to tell the story of the Oakland Hills region and its vulnerable landscape.
Eleanor Wilking
Eleanor Wilking recently graduated from Harvard College where she majored in Economics with a secondary field in History. She is working primarily on quantitative data analysis for the 'Shaping the West' and 'Terrain of History' projects this summer. In addition to the outstanding weather at Palo Alto, she appreciates the lab's integration of new statistical technologies with more traditional methodology in pursuit of historical answers that remain salient to modern questions concerning space, society and economic development.
Anne Winslow
Anne Winslow is a senior, majoring in Earth System and minoring in Geology. This year she has begun working with Andy Gerhart to study the impact of the aquaculture industry on Chilean society. She is excited to work with the Spatial History Project and delve deeper into the realm of spatial analysis.
Lowry Yankwich
Lowry Yankwich is a freshman interested in the intersection of the humanities and computer science. He will be working on the Living Railroads Project, using crowd-sourcing techniques to facilitate inquiry about the history of the railroad system in the western United States. Lowry loves studying 19th century American History, and is excited to combine his interests and the expertise of railroad buffs to produce an innovative historical research project.
Jeremy Zallen
Laura Zehender
Research Assistant
Laura Zehender is a junior majoring in Classics and minoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is working with Professor Jim Tice on the Forma Urbis Romae Project to capture the layered history of Rome through digitizing the Lanciani map. After spending a semester studying abroad at a Classics program in Rome, she left with a fascination for the city’s unique combination of ancient, Renaissance, and modern times. She is excited to combine her interests in history, computer science, and more while working at the Stanford Spatial History Project. In her spare time, she enjoys social dancing, making crafts, spending time with friends, and chocolate.
Andre Zollinger
Andre Zollinger is a senior majoring in International Relations and co-terming in Latin Americans Studies, with an emphasis on Brazilian history and culture. He is working with Professor Frank on the Terrain of History project, currently focusing on mapping 19th century Brazilian urban novels. This year, Andre looks forward to begin analyzing the data collected from each novel and organizing it into a visual presentation.
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