Sandhini Agarwal is a freshman working on the 19th Century Crowdsourcing Project under Professor Ogilvie. As a Research Assistant for the project, she helps uncover the lives of members of the public who contributed to scholarly projects in the nineteenth century. In her free time, she loves reading, exploring the influence of the past in our present, and dancing.
Adriana Baird is a co-terminal Masters student pursuing an MA in Latin American Studies and a BA in International Relations. Adriana is a research assistant on Zephyr Frank's team studying the relationship between environmental factors and infrastructure and social/political patterns in Brazil. In her free time, Adriana loves to ski, read, and eat ice cream with friends.
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.
Nicholas Bauch is assistant professor of geo-humanities in the department of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. There he directs the Experimental Geography Studio. His publications include Enchanting the Desert: A Pattern Language for the Production of Space (Stanford University Press, 2016), and A Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Cereal Enterprise (University of California Press, 2017). He teaches courses in creative geographical production, using digital tools, performance, and sculpture. www.nicholasbauch.com
Waitman Beorn is the Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and assistant professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his PhD in History from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Waitman’s first monograph, Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus, focuses on the local participation of the German Army in the Holocaust in Belarus. It traces a progression of ever-increasing complicity in the Nazi genocidal project. Waitman has held Fulbright and Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships and his work has been published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Central European History. He continues to center his research on the local experience of the Holocaust.
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 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 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.
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.
Cameron Blevins received his PhD in History from Stanford in 2015. His dissertation mapped the geography of the U.S. postal system in the American West during the late-nineteenth century. Cameron is an active member of the digital humanities community at Stanford and beyond and can be found online at cameronblevins.org.
Ethan Blue is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Western Australia. Though his previous work concentrated on the history of American prisons (Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons, NYU Press, 2012), he is collaborating with CESTA researchers to map the history US “Deportation Special” trains.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Bryant joined the lab in March 2012. He is the project manager for numerous CESTA initiatives, and is also the lab manager for the collective that makes up CESTA: the Spatial History Project, Humanities + Design, and the Literary Lab. Matt has a background in fine arts and communications, and outside of work you can often find him making dust in his woodshop. He enjoys good music, vintage tools and machinery, maps and diagrams, and the great outdoors.
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.
Michael Carter is a rising sophomore, majoring in History and International Relations and minoring in Arabic. He’s started his work at CESTA on the Chinese Railroad Workers project, focusing especially on the relationship between Chinese emigrants and their Irish counterparts, and later he will move on to assist with the Kindred London and Deathscape China projects. In his free time he enjoys listening to audiobooks, riding his bike, and talking politics
Thomas Chamberlain is an undeclared freshman from Brooklyn, New York. He is working on the Forma Urbis Romae project, mapping sections of ancient and Renaissance Rome. He enjoys studying philosophy, English and computer science. In his spare time, Thomas likes to skateboard and listen to music.
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.
Delenn Chin is a junior majoring in CS + Linguistics. She is a research assistant who has been working on Enchanting the Desert, a project that brings together the photography, history, and cartography of the Grand Canyon, for one year. Outside of work and class, Delenn loves playing the cello, adoring her cat, and rock climbing.
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.
Jon Christensen is a principal investigator for Crowdsourcing for Humanities Research. He is directing a project crowdsourcing a new environmental history of the San Francisco Bay Area with museums, libraries, archives, and other partners as part of the Year of the Bay in 2013. He also has directed the Critical Habitat project, which has examined the spatial history of ideas, narratives, science, and practices of conservation across multiple spatial and temporal scales in the American West. And he coordinated Tooling Up for Digital Histories, a collaboration between the Spatial History Project and the Computer Graphics Lab at Stanford University and others to compile, test, create, and share new tools for digital and spatial research in the humanities.
Tim Cole is Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. His books on social and cultural histories and historical geographies of the Holocaust are Images of the Holocaust/Selling the Holocaust (Duckworth/Routledge 1999); Holocaust City (Routledge 2003) and Traces of the Holocaust (Continuum 2011). Tim is also a co-editor of Militarized Landscapes (Continuum 2010) which includes research undertaken during an AHRC-funded research grant into comparative environmental histories of militarized landscapes. Tim is currently writing a spatial history of the Holocaust.
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.
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.
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.
Erika Doss is a Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her scholarly work is keenly interdisciplinary and reflects her longstanding interests in the complexities of modern and contemporary American visual and material cultures, including the nature of representation and issues of history, memory, and identity (national, cultural, self).
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.
Stuart Dunn is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at King's College London. He is archaeologist with wide ranging interests in digital methods and spatial humanities. His current projects include spatial narrative theory, Cypriot cultural heritage and the archaeology of movement. Stuart gained a highly interdisciplinary PhD on Aegean Bronze Age chronology from the University of Durham in 2002, conducting fieldwork and research visits in Melos, Crete and Santorini. Having developed research interests in GIS, he subsequently became a Research Assistant on the AHRC’s ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme, and in 2006, moved to King's to become a Research Associate at the Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre, after which he became a Lecturer. Stuart leads numerous projects in the area of visualisation, GIS and digital humanities. You can find his blog at http://www.stuartdunn.wordpress.com.
Dan Edelstein is 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.
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.
During his recent post-doctoral stint at Stanford Professor Figueiredo has attempted to examine rebellions in British and Portuguese America in light of issues raised by special history and digital humanity.
Professor Figueiredo received his PhD at the University of São Paulo in 1996, defending a dissertation dealing with fiscal policies and rebellion in colonial Brazil. He was awarded a Lampadia Foundation grant as a visiting research fellow at Brown University and studied at Boston College with a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission. The work undertaken at those institutions led to comparative studies of rebellions in British and Portuguese America.
He is a Research of the Brazilian National Council of Research and a member of Companhia das Índias the Nucleus of Colonial Iberian History in the Early Modern Era at the UFF. He is the author of Rebeliões no Brasil colônia (Rio de Janeiro, 2005), a number of other books and numerous articles in academic journals. He is also the founder and editor of the website Impressões Rebeldes that posts documents and discussions relating to political conflict in Brazilian history. www.historia.uff.br/impressoesrebeldes
Nicole Follmann is a senior majoring in anthropology with a minor in Spanish. She had initially planned to major in archaeology and is happy to have the opportunity to revisit the discipline with the Archaeology of Place in Ancient Cyprus project. Originally from Iowa, her personal research has focused on agricultural transitions and transnational exchange in Iowa and Argentina. She is writing an honors thesis about how corn and soybean farmers in central Iowa respond to critiques about their "industrial" farming methods and how this influences the ways beginning farmers choose to enter the field. Apart from studying food production, Nicole likes to grow and eat her own food in her garden at home in Iowa and at the house Columbae at Stanford.
Charles Foster is an undergraduate student from Chicago majoring in Symbolic Systems and interested in the cross-section of rapid technological change and human civilization. He began in April of 2015 as a Research Assistant in CESTA and is excited to be continuing through the summer, working with the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Religious Life. Professor Shaw's project aims to map Spiritual Networks in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English-speaking world.
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 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 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.
Andrew Gerhart is a Ph.D. candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Now in his 4th year, Andy is researching the social and environmental history of the Chilean salmon farming industry in its historical center on the island of Chiloé.
Ingrid Gessner is a Professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg. Her research interests include visual culture studies, gender studies, the medical and digital humanities, and issues of cultural memory and transnationalism. She has presented on transnational 9/11 memorials at international conferences in the United States, Germany, and Austria.
Simone Gigliotti is a Senior Lecturer in the History Program at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests include histories and journeys of displacement in twentieth-century Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy), and the application of spatial and transnational approaches to analyses of historical experience. She is co-editor, with Berel Lang, of The Holocaust: a Reader (Blackwell 2005), and author of The Train Journey: Transit, Captivity, and Witnessing in the Holocaust (Berghahn Books 2009) and many journal articles and book chapters on Holocaust representation, Central European refugee diasporas, and survivor testimonies.
Alberto Giordano is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Texas State University in San Marcos. He holds a PhD in Geography from Syracuse University, an MA in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a BA in Geography from the University of Padua in Italy. Before pursuing an academic career, he worked in the map publishing sector and in the GIS field as a consultant for private companies and public agencies in Italy and internationally. His most recent work has focused on the geography of the Holocaust and genocide, spatial applications of forensic anthropology, and historical GIS. He is the author of one book (in Italian) on quality control in GIS and of several publications in GIScience, historical cartography, and hazards geography. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the 2009 edition of the Goode’s World Atlas.
Jonathan Greenberg is Scholar in Residence at the Daniel Martin Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School, and Director of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Project. This project explores Dr. King’s intellectual genealogy, the strategic dynamics of key municipal and national direct action campaigns under his leadership, and the meaning and evolution of his legacy, with attention to geographical, textual and visual design concerns aligned with CESTA’s research focus and methods. Jonathan’s interdisciplinary scholarship is published in a wide range of academic volumes and journals. He teaches as a Lecturer at Stanford Law School and at Stanford University’s Program in Public Policy.
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.
Jasmine Guillory is a rising junior majoring in CS + History with concentrations in Human-Computer Interaction and Africa, respectively. She began working as a Research Assistant at CESTA for the Medieval Manuscripts Project in April 2015. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making terrible jokes, playing soccer, and doing crossword puzzles.
Sean Hanretta is particularly interested in the theory of historical evidence and in non-documentary forms of historical sources. His work focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of modern West Africa and he has turned to the tools of CESTA to help explore the connections between West African universities, their growing independence from European and North American institutions, and their impact on the political and social life of the region. His other research involves the relationship between ritual and identity, and the place of West African intellectuals in the global history of ideas.
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 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.
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.
Allyson Hobbs is an assistant professor of American and African American history at Stanford. Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript that examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Allyson’s book is tentatively titled A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life. The focus of her second book project will be migration, a different form of “crossing over” than passing and a major theme in African American and American history. The Great Migration was a watershed in African American life: over the course of six decades (1910-1970), six million black southerners left the South in search of more meaningful experiences of freedom. She hopes to offer a different angle of vision on the migration by bringing to light the places where migrants slept, ate, got haircuts, and danced along the way. She plans to recreate their routes, keeping the following questions in mind: how did the experience of migrating create, nurture, and solidify African American identities? What fractures, contradictions, and tensions within African American identities did the migration bring into relief? What kinds of resources did African Americans draw upon to navigate the constraints of Jim Crow America on the road?
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.
Harrison Hohman is a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska. He is working on the Forma Urbis Romae project with Erik Steiner and James Tice, using GIS technology to gather and display data regarding the mapping of ancient Rome. He likes strawberries with sugar, talking in his sleep, and apple-scented shampoo. He is majoring in Spanish and Human Biology.
Celina Jackson is a junior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is interested in racial identity formation, racial politics, history, and issues of equity, specifically pertaining to African-Americans. She is excited to join the research team for the George Moses Horton, the 19th Century Hip Hop Poet project, led by Cecil Brown.
Paul Jaskot is professor of art history at DePaul University. He is a specialist in the history of modern art and architecture, with a particular research focus on how National Socialist policies, ideologies and practices have affected cultural production in 20th-century Germany. In addition to his collaborative work with Anne Kelly Knowles, he is the author of numerous essays on the political function of architecture in the modern period as well as the books The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy and, most recently, The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right. Jaskot is also the Co-Director of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Summer Institute on Digital Mapping and Art History (2014). From 2014-2016, he will be the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.
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
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.
Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin is a freshman from the Bay Area. He is working under Dean Jane Shaw on "Spiritual Networks, 1890-1930," looking at how various religious leaders interacted with one another. He is excited by Stanford's vibrant DH program and community and is excited to get more involved. He plans on double majoring in Classics and Mathematical & Computational Science. In his free time, Jacob enjoys basketball, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rereading Harry Potter, and waffle fries from the Axe and Palm.
Tori Keller is a junior majoring in International Relations, focusing on the Middle East & Central Asia and World Economy & Economic Development. She has been a Research Assistant on the REVS team since October, 2014. During fall quarter, she worked on Professor Jonathan Rodden’s US focused project collecting precinct level election data. After a quarter abroad, she returned to join Professor Zephyr Frank’s team studying the relationship between Brazilian road networks and social/political patterns. She will continue data collection and GIS analysis with Professor Frank’s project this summer.
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.
Anne Knowles is Professor and Chair of the Geography Department at Middlebury College. She received her PhD and MSc in Geography from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Press 1997) and Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868 (University of Chicago Press 2013), which is partly based on an HGIS of the industry. Formerly a professional book editor, Anne edited two of the first essay collections on HGIS: Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (ESRI Press 2002) and Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (ESRI Press 2008). In 2012 her work was recognized by the American Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship from Smithsonian magazine.
Hannah Knowles is a freshman planning to major in English who loves all things writing. As Digital Media Assistant, she helps to document and publicize all of the fascinating work that goes on throughout CESTA. In her free time, Hannah enjoys music, books, and board games with friends.
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.
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.
Kimberly Krebs is a senior from Austin, Texas, double-majoring in Anthropology and Iberian and Latin American Cultures. She is currently assisting with Ana Minian's Mexican Migration project, processing oral interviews that recount migrations across the US-México border during the Bracero period. This is Kimberly's second year working with CESTA; previously, she assisted with Ethan Blue's project documenting the formation of the U.S.'s deportation apparatus in the early 20th century. These collaborations enrich her other research and career interests, which include the formation of identity at borders, the role of education in forming citizenship and identity, as well as how technology plays an active role in both creating and blurring national borders.
Vihan Lakshman is a senior majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science. He is currently working on the Nineteenth Century Crowdsourcing Project with Dr. Sarah Ogilvie, applying network analysis to study the links between the people who contributed to scholarly projects. In his free time, he loves spending time outdoors, playing basketball, and writing about Cardinal sports for The Stanford Daily.
Julia Laurence is in her second year at Stanford where she loves taking classes in Arabic. She is pursuing a major in Public Policy and is a member of Stanford In Government. This past summer she worked as a hiking leader at Stanford Sierra Camp. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, painting and writing comedy sketches.
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.
Karen Lee is a junior majoring in International Relations with concentrations in Comparative International Governance and East and South Asia. She is currently working on the Chinese Grave Relocation Project with Professor Mullaney. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, attempting (in vain) to do the New York Times crosswords, and singing in the shower.
Mirae Lee is a junior at Stanford University, majoring in English and minoring in Digital Humanities. She began working at CESTA in the summer of 2014, and is currently working on the Nineteenth Century Crowdsourcing project led by Dr. Sarah Ogilvie. She is excited by the idea of uncovering the networks between people that lie within data. She is the current Executive Producer of Stanford’s Asian American Theater Project (AATP).
Cody Leff is an undergraduate at Stanford from Telluride, CO; he enjoys solving problems with rigorous and creative solutions. As a Research Assistant at CESTA since November of 2014, he works on the Forma Urbis Romae project in the Spatial History Lab and will begin work on the Lacuna Stories project in the Digital Humanities Lab in Summer 2015. Through CESTA, he has had the opportunity to explore several of his areas of interest, including architecture, design and computer programming.
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.
Michael Levin is a documentary filmmaker and specialist in media for community development. He produced the documentary Dreams of a City: Creating East Palo Alto for Stanford University Libraries and the Committee on Black Performing Arts. The film has been widely used on campus as background for students working in the community and as a critical education tool for East Palo Alto community organizations, schools and municipal government. Other accomplishments during 15 years of work in East Palo Alto include being Executive Director of the EPA.net youth social enterprise, working at local organizations Plugged In and Free at Last, helping to launch a youth video program at JobTrain, helping bring the UN Association Film Festival to East Palo Alto, and curating and programming the East Palo Alto 20th Anniversary Film Festival. He holds a BA in Communication from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Communication (Documentary Film Production) from Stanford University.
Fangzhou Liu is a freshman working with Dr. Ethan Blue on the Deportation Trains project, where she helps to chart migrant deportations in early 20th century America based on archival material. At Stanford, she is considering some combination of History, Computer Science and Political Science. She hails from a small equatorial island and cares about poetry, human migration, and warm weather.
Catie is currently a senior at Stanford majoring in Earth Systems with a focus on Land Use. She was a research assistant working with Professor Zephyr Frank on analyzing historic Brazilian trade routes by using GIS to combine historic maps with current geographic information. She worked at CESTA winter quarter of 2015. While she spent her summer interviewing cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Pantanal on their perceptions of conservation for her honors thesis, she hopes to work with CESTA in the future on Brazilian projects and to possibly include a spatial component to her thesis!
Milan Mosse is a freshman and prospective CS major working with Cecil Brown on his George Moses Horton special history project. In addition to working on the project's Hortonizer program, he enjoys singing with the Stanford Fleet Street Singers and making apps with his friends.
Clayton Nall is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. His research explains how policies that manipulate geographic space change American elections, issue politics, and public policy. Clayton's book manuscript, The Road to Division: How the American Highway System Segregates Communities and Polarizes Politics, examines how the largest public works project in US history created Republican suburbs, increased the urban-suburban political divide, broke apart political networks in urban neighborhoods, and polarized issue politics. The dissertation version of this manuscript won the Harvard Department of Government’s Toppan Prize for best dissertation in political science and the American Political Science Association's William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. Clayton's other research projects encompass public policy, causal inference, political geography, and American political development.
Ashley Ngu is an undergraduate 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, food, and agriculture. While not playing with pixels, Ashley can be found making mochi, reading, or snapping photographs.
Ashley was part of Carleton Watkins Explored team in 2013-14.
Eunice Nodari is Associate Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis - UFSC – Brazil, and Visiting Scholar at CESTA – August 2015 to February 2016 (fellowship from CNPq- Brazil). For more than 15 years, Prof. Nodari has been doing research in Environmental History. Main subjects: Transformation of landscapes in Southern Brazil: devastation of Araucaria Forests; environmental disasters; process of migrations and agriculture. She has published in specialized journals, edited collections, book chapters, and books monographs on nature and society in southern Brazil. Nodari is a leading environmental historian in Latin America. She is a Fellow Researcher in Productivity by National Research Council, Brazil – since 2010; Advisor – Master and Ph.D. students in the Graduate Program in History and the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Nodari is a member of the American Society for Environmental History, the European Society for Environmental History and Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental and Associaçao nacional de História. One of the organizer of the Simposio Internacional de Historia Ambiental e Migrações, the main meeting of environmental historians in Brazil.
Hello! I am a junior double-majoring in Computer Science and Comparative Literature at Stanford, and am fascinated by the link between technology and the humanities. I have prior experience in literary research, design thinking, the digital humanities and human-computer interaction, and am excited to combine and apply these interests in new and interdisciplinary contexts.
I am a Research Assistant on Professor Minian's History project on Undocumented Mexican Migration since January 2015.
Sarah Ogilvie co-directs Stanford's Digital Humanities Minor and leads two digital humanities projects at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). She also teaches in the Linguistics Department. She is a linguist and lexicographer with interests in technology and the digital humanities. She came to Stanford from Silicon Valley where she worked in software for Amazon Kindle. She was born in Australia and has a BSc in computer science and pure mathematics from the University of Queensland, an MA in Linguistics from Australian National University, and a DPhil in Linguistics from Oxford University. She was Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow at Cambridge University, and Reader in Linguistics and Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University, before moving to the Bay Area in 2012. Her books include Words of the World: a global history of the Oxford English Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and (edited with Mari Jones) Keeping Languages Alive: documentation, pedagogy, and revitalization (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
May Peterson is a junior studying Classics and Medieval Studies. Since 2014 she has worked on Sarah Ogilvie's project, Nineteenth-Century Crowdsourcing. She loves the CESTA community, working with 19th century primary sources, snacks, and archaeology.
Jorun Poettering is a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, primarily hosted at the History Department of Harvard University. Before going to Harvard she spent one year at Universidade Federal Fluminense working in the archives of Rio de Janeiro. Her current research objective is a social history of colonial and imperial Rio de Janeiro from the perspective of the city’s water supply, integrating spatial history approaches. She tries to understand the development of early modern and modern political orders and social struggles, but is also interested in contemporary topics like labour history, authoritarian regimes and the history of human rights.
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.
Computer Science with a minor in Digital Humanities. I am currently working on the Nineteenth-Century Crowdsourcing project with Sarah Ogilvie. I am working at CESTA from April through July 2015.
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 is a junior at Stanford University majoring in African and African American Studies and minoring in Computer Science. He is interested in race and ethnic studies, technology, communication, and digital media. He is currently working on the Memorial Mapping Project with Professor Erika Doss. He enjoys playing the saxophone and is an active member of the Stanford Band.
David Rathmann-Bloch is a freshman planning to major in economics. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area his whole life, he finds its geography and history fascinating. David is currently working with Professor Ocean Howell on the Imagined San Francisco project to help create an interactive exposition of different historical plans.
Gabrielle Rhoades is a rising junior at Stanford University majoring in Classics. Last summer, Gabrielle applied her knowledge and love of Classics to excavating the Binchester Roman Fort site in England. She is excited to continue exploring Roman archaeology through conducting research in the Spatial History Lab and working on the Forma Urbis Romae project this summer. Her other interests include international affairs, art, traveling, and playing violin.
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.
Andrew Robichaud is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. History. He specializes in environmental history and is working on a dissertation that examines the history of animals and human-animal relationships in America. Click here to view his online publication "Trail of Blood."
Jonathan Rodden is a professor in the political science department at Stanford who works on the comparative political economy of institutions. He has written several articles and a pair of books on federalism and fiscal decentralization. His most recent book, Hamilton’s Paradox: The Promise and Peril of Fiscal Federalism, was the recipient of the Gregory Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics in 2007. He frequently works with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on issues related to fiscal decentralization.
He has also written papers on the geographic distribution of political preferences within countries, legislative bargaining, the distribution of budgetary transfers across regions, and the historical origins of political institutions. He is currently writing a series of articles and a book on political geography and the drawing of electoral districts around the world.
Rodden received his PhD from Yale University and his BA from the University of Michigan, and was a Fulbright student at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2007, he was the Ford Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dan Saadati is a rising sophomore planning to major in Computer Science and History. He is a research assistant working on the Undocumented Mexican Migration project which seeks to trace the rise of Mexican migration to the United States from 1964-1986 In his free time, he enjoys writing science fiction, running, and programming.
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.
Peter Salazar is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Spanish. He has worked as a research assistant to Fred Freitas on the Boundaries of Nature project since January 2014. When not studying or working, Peter enjoys playing basketball, hurling, and mariachi music.
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.
Emily Santhanam is a senior studying anthropology and creative writing. She is currently a Research Assistant on the project A Microhistory of the Great Migration, which explores the importance of the Negro Motorist Green Book to African Americans as they took to the roads and traveled north. When not working on academics, Emily can be found listening to 60's psychedelic rock and baking blackberry pie.
Maria J. Santos joined the Spatial History Project at the beginning of 2012. She is a postdoctoral fellow with the Spatial History Project and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. She recently completed a postdoctoral period at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California Berkeley, and has a PhD in Ecology from the University of California Davis, a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor's in Wildlife Biology from the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Prior to joining the Spatial History Project, Maria researched spatial and temporal dynamics of wildlife species and their habitat, and how these may or not be affected by land use/land cover and climate changes using Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and statistical methods. During her research she has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship, several fellowships from the Portuguese government, and funding from US agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, NCSE, etc. Maria brings this expertise allied with a passion for using historical data to address ecological questions, embracing the multi-disciplinarity in the sciences on her research at the Lab.
Scott Saul is an associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches courses in American culture and history. He has written for Harper’s, The Nation, Boston Review, and other publications, and is the author of Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties (Harvard University Press, 2003). Currently, he is working with the Spatial History Project to develop an interactive supplement to his biography of comedian-actor Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, forthcoming).
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.
Edith Sheffer is an Assistant Professor of modern European history at Stanford university. Interested in the global consequences of everyday actions, she is the author of Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011). Her current book, Inventing Autism under Nazism: The Surveillance of Emotion and Child Euthanasia in the Third Reich, examines Hans Asperger’s creation of the autism diagnosis in Nazi Vienna, situating it within the context of efforts to define the national community and the murder of disabled children. Related research at the Spatial History Project, Forming Selves: The Creation of Child Psychiatry from Red Vienna to the Third Reich and Abroad, traces the transnational growth of the field of child development.
Alex Sherman is a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Computer Science. He is currently working as Research Assistant and web developer on the Follow the Money project. He is interested in exploring the increasingly symbiotic relationship between technology and humanities research. His other interests include reading fiction and playing jazz piano.
Eve Simister is a senior at Stanford University majoring in History with a concentration in Public History and Public Service. Her studies focus on museums, memorials, and memory. At CESTA, she is working on two projects, Memorial Mapping: Transnational 9/11 Memorials and the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project.
Gregory Simon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver and the principal investigator for the Vulnerability-in-Production Project. Focusing on the 1991 Tunnel Fire in Oakland CA, this interdisciplinary project explores notions of vulnerability as a historical process marked by geographic interconnectedness, risk momentum, environmental change and wealth accumulation. Gregory was a Post Doctoral Fellow in Stanford's Lane Center for the American West from 2007-2009.
Holly Slang is a rising junior at Stanford majoring in Human Biology and Theater and Performance Studies. She is following her love for language by working on the Nineteenth-Century Crowdsourcing project. In her free time, there's an 80% chance she's doing theater.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tani Thomsen is an undeclared freshman from Auburn, California. She is working with Dr. Ahnert on the Tudor Networks of Power project, which aims to analyze social networks during the Tudor period and to link members to related systems and resources. Tani is also in Stanford's ITALIC program, and her hobbies include reading, playing saxophone, and dancing.
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 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.
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.
Lea VanderVelde is the Josephine R. Witte Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law and a Guggenheim Fellow in Constitutional Studies. She is the principal investigator for The Law of the Antebellum Frontier project. This collaborative project seeks to digitally analyze the legal and economic mechanisms at work on the American frontier or the early 1800s. Understanding these mechanisms reflects upon how empires expand and how American expansion shaped American identity and the constitutional amendments after the civil war. Professor VanderVelde has been conducting research in this field for the last fifteen years.