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.
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.
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.
Brianna Brown is a rising junior double majoring in History and Human Biology. She is working with CESTA on the Chinese Railroad Worker Project, where they ultimately piece together the stories of the Chinese immigrants that labored of the transcontinental railroad, using various sources. If you askher, the excitement that dances in her eyes is apparent. Besides working on this project, she is also junior class president and a PHE for the 2014-2015 school year. She's passionate about history, and knows working with CESTA will be a perfect start to traveling down the road of her future. Eventually, she hopes to become a lawyer. Also, you can call her Brie, like the cheese.
Emma Budiansky 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.
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.
Erika Doss is the author of numerous publications including Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (1999), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), Twentieth-Century American Art (2002), and Memorial Mania; Public Feeling in America (2010). In addition to teaching courses in American, modern, and contemporary art and visual cultures, Doss is the editor of the "Culture America" series at the University Press of Kansas, and is on the editorial board of Memory Studies and Public Art Dialogue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
May Peterson is a sophomore majoring in Classics and minoring in Medieval Studies. Her other interests include archaeology, Transcendentalism, gender issues, visual art, and English literature. She hopes to be a high school teacher or to work in academia after Stanford. She is interested in framing research in appealing and accessible ways, and is thrilled to be working with CESTA!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eve Simister is a junior at Stanford University, majoring in History with a concentration in Public History and Public Service. Her studies focus on museums, memorials, and memory. Since March 2015 she has worked as a research assistant for the Memorial Mapping project at CESTA, which seeks to compile an online archive of 9/11 memorials in countries other than the United States and considers the cultural and political factors motivating the creation of these memorials.
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.
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.
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.