Stanford University
Our Team
CESTA Lab Staff
Mark Algee-Hewitt
Associate Research Director, Literary Lab
Mark Algee-Hewitt is an Associate Research Director of the Stanford Literary Lab. His interests lie in the application of quantitative analysis to long eighteenth-century and Romantic period literature and aesthetic theory. Through his work with the Literary Lab, and as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University he has participated in and led a diverse range of projects, from computational topologies of eighteenth-century German literature, to studies of the discourse of human variation in contemporary anthropology. His current work seeks to map the emergence and dissemination of aesthetic concepts in eighteenth-century British literature.
Celena Allen
GIS Specialist and Project Coordinator, Spatial History Project
Celena Allen joined the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) in 2012. She compliments CESTA with her GIS experience and passion for spatial thinking and visualization while providing technical and general support for students and researchers. Celena has a background in Geography and Cultural Anthropology. She enjoys playing with her daughter Miya, soccer, hiking, and watching Netflix.
Matt Bryant
Project Manager and Lab Manager, CESTA
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.
Nicole Coleman
Humanities+Design Lab

Erik Fredner
Literary Lab Coordinator
Erik is a PhD candidate in Stanford's English Department. His research interests include digital approaches to questions of the 19th and 20th century American novel. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard.
Ryan Heuser
Associate Research Director, Literary Lab
Ryan Heuser is Associate Research Director of the Stanford Literary Lab. As a graduate student in Stanford English he helped found the Literary Lab in 2010 with Matthew Jockers and Franco Moretti. Since then he has worked on a wide range of research projects in the quantitative study of literary history. His own research interests include the investigation of longue durée historical trends in literary and non-literary discourse, as well as the computational analysis of meter and rhythm in poetry.
Rani Sharma
Administrative Associate, CESTA
Rani joined the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) in 2013 and supports overall administration to the Center. Prior to joining CESTA,  she was Administrative Associate at the Department of Psychology for five years. Outside of Stanford, Rani enjoys spending quality time with my family, her husband, and her two kids Divya and Neil.

Erik Steiner
Creative Director, Spatial History Project
Erik Steiner helped found the Lab in 2007 and served as the first Lab Director until 2010. He now serves as the Creative Director of the Spatial History Project. Before coming to Stanford, Erik worked at the InfoGraphics Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. Erik has fifteen years' experience in leading the design and development of print and interactive information visualizations, including CD-ROMs, atlases, websites, and museum kiosks. He is also a former president of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). A designer at heart, Erik is passionate about building deep creative partnerships that cut across disciplines and expertise.
Gabriel Wolfenstein
Crowdsourcing Project Manager, CESTA
Gabriel Wolfenstein is a historian by training, whose work is in Victorian Britain, with specific focus on the history of statistics and the census.  He is particularly interested in how the making and taking of such surveys impacts the way people think about themselves and the world around them.  Other interests include the rise of bureaucracies and the popularization of science.  Formerly a post-doctoral Fellow in the Humanities in Stanford's Introduction to the Humanities program, he has lately become interested in questions of the utility of crowd-sourcing for humanities research, and crowd-sourcing in general.  He is currently the Project Manager for CESTA's Mellon Grant supported research into these very questions.  He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from The New School for Social Research, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Spatial History