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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.