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Our Team
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.
Fatma Öncel
Research Associate

Fatma Öncel is an Istanbul based historian specialized on social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire. After completing her B.A. in BoÄŸaziçi University Political Science and International Relations in 2004, she has earned her M.A. degree with the thesis entitled ““Proto-Industrialization in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Balkan Countryside: Textile Manufacturing in Villages of Plovdiv”, and her Ph.D. degree in 2018 with the dissertation entitled “Agrarian Relations and Estate (Çiftlik) Agriculture in Ottoman Thessaly (c.1780 – 1880)” at the History Department of the same university. Her dissertation addresses the transformation of Ottoman land, labor and taxation institutions in this period. Her research interests include the Ottoman economic history, Balkan history, legal history, rural communities and relations, and the history of Ottoman music. As the research associate of the Mapping Ottoman Epirus Project, Dr. Öncel focuses on land tenure, taxation, agrarian management, proto-industrialization under Ali Pasha's rule. She spends the year 2019 as a visiting postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.Öncel

Guilherme Barbosa
Guilherme is a senior Architecture and Urban Planning major at Santa Catarina State University, Brazil. Awhile in the U.S. under the auspices of the Brazilian government, he is researching at CESTA, working from May/2015 until July/2015 with the Spatial History Project. His focus is based on the development of the city of Rio de Janeiro during the XIX century.
Nick Camerlenghi
Nick Camerlenghi received art and architectural history degrees from Yale University, MIT, and Princeton University. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art at Dartmouth College where he specializes in the study of Early Christian and medieval architecture, with particular interest in the city of Rome and the area of the Mediterranean. He is currently preparing a book on the architectural transformations that took place at San Paolo fuori le Mura from its construction in the fourth century to its destruction by fire in the nineteenth-century.
Nicole Coleman
Humanities+Design Lab
Dimitris Dimitropoulos
Institutional Collaborator
Dimitris Dimitropoulos was born in Athens in 1962. He graduated from the Historical and Archaeological Department of the Philosophical Faculty of University of Athens in 1987, where in 1996 he also defended his doctoral thesis. He has been working at the Institute of Historical Research of National Hellenic Research Foundation (INR/NHRF) since 1992, at the start as scholarship recipient and now as Research Director in the Section of Neohellenic Research, supervisor of the Programme "Historical Study of Settlements in Greece, 15th–20th c.". His research has mainly dealt with the study of settlements and populations of the Greek lands under the rule of Ottomans, the institutions, the social constitution and the economy of island societies of the Aegean from 16th to the early 19th century. He has participated in the transcription and publication of the "Archive of Ali Pasha", and the last years is been involved in the history of the Struggle for Greek Independence. Also the conditions of daily living and the domestic equipment during the Ottoman period are a special field of his research. He has participated in several research programmes in collaboration with other academic institutions. He has conducted a number of INR-based projects including the making of databases, the transcription of documents dated from the 18th and 19th century, the classification of archives and the compilation of bibliographies on the modern political history of Greece. He has participated in various scholarly societies, he has published books and articles in academic journals and edited volumes (a list of publications see:, and presented papers in various Greek and international scientific congresses.
Laura Eidem
Lab Manager, Literary Lab
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.

Claudia Engel
Claudia Engel is an Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology. She holds a doctorate degree in Anthropology. Her work centers around the academic uses of technology. She has been involved in anthropological projects that explore and apply innovative technologies, including the use of iPads in anthropological field research or the use of linked open data for archaeological repositories. In recent years she has increasingly become involved in spatial analysis and GIS and teaches a course on "Spatial Approaches in the Social Sciences." Claudia is co-organizer of the Spatial and GIS Special Interest Group at Stanford.
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Katherine E. Fleming

Katherine E. Fleming is Provost of New York University, where she is also the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization in the Department of History.  She served for many years as Associate Director and then Director of NYU's Remarque Institute.

From 2007-2012 Fleming was Associate Professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris,  and from 2012–2016 served as President of the Board of Directors of the University of Piraeus, Greece.   A specialist on the religious history of Greece and the broader Mediterranean, she holds honorary doctorates from the University of Macedonia (PAMAK) and from Ionian University, and her work has won the Runciman Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, among other honors.

Educated at Barnard College, the University of Chicago, and the University of California- Berkeley, Fleming is currently co-director of a major public benefit oral history project in Greece, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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.
Molly Greene
Institutional Collaborator
Molly Greene studies the history of the Mediterranean Basin, the Ottoman Empire, and the Greek world. Her interests include the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, the experience of Greeks under Ottoman rule, Mediterranean piracy, and the institution of the market. After earning a B.A. in political science at Tufts University (1981), Professor Greene spent several years living in Greece and then completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton (1993), where she studied Ottoman history. Upon graduating she joined the Princeton faculty with a joint appointment in the History Department and the Program in Hellenic Studies (link is external). Her first book, A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2000), examines the transition from Venetian to Ottoman rule on the island of Crete, which the Ottomans conquered in 1669. Challenging the assumption of a radical rupture with the arrival of the Ottomans, Greene shows that the population of Crete had been drawn into the Ottoman world long before the conquest and that important continuities linked the Venetian and the Ottoman periods. Greene also challenges a simple model of Christian-Muslim antagonism in the eastern Mediterranean and argues that the tension between Latin and Orthodox Christianity was just as important in shaping the history of the region.
Karl Grossner
Digital Humanities Research Developer
Karl Grossner is a geographer (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) and since 2012, a Digital Humanities Research Developer in Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR). In that position, he consults and collaborates with Stanford faculty in designing and building digital research tools, systems and interactive scholarly works, and in performing research. Most of these projects have important spatial and temporal dimensions. Karl led development of City Nature and Çatalhöyük Living Archive, and participated in developing ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World (version 1), and Kindred Britain. Karl’s research interests include several aspects of “computing place” as reflected on his blog of that name.
Jason Heppler
Academic Technology Specialist, History
Jason A. Heppler is the Academic Technology Specialist for the Department of History at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, he served as the project manager on the William F. Cody Digital Archive at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has created or consulted on various digital history research projects over the last several years. He took a B.A. from South Dakota State University, an M.A. from UNL, and is currently working on his dissertation through UNL under the direction of Patrick Jones. Jason's research and teaching interests include the North American West, spatial humanities, digital history, information visualization, urban and environmental history.
Teri Hessel
Researcher, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Teri Hessel has a BA in American History from UC Santa Barbara and a MLA from Stanford University.  She has a particular interest in literature by 19th century marginalized groups in America as demonstrated by her thesis “Frank J. Webb’s The Garies and Their Friends: A Reconsideration of an Early African American Novel.”  Happiest in the stacks with their tantalizing possibility of discovery, Teri will investigate primary sources to help recover the 19th century Chinese experience in America.
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.
Petros Kastrinakis
Research Associate

Petros Kastrinakis is currently a Phd candidate in the History Department of the University of Crete in collaboration with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS/F.O.R.T.H.) in Rethymno. He graduated from same department and he holds an M.A. entitled “Μeasures of repression of the Albanians in the ottoman Balkans during the 18th century: the case-study of Veroia and Katerini” under the supervision of assistant professor A. Anastasopoulos. Its main focus was the study of ottoman provinces, centre-periphery relations, local elites and banditry. He has worked in several research projects in the Institute for the Mediterranean Studies (IMS/F.O.R.T.H.) between 2015-2018. His main field of research is urban and maritime history specializing in late Ottoman Crete.

Denise Khor
Director of Research, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Denise is Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and her research interests include 20th century U.S. social and cultural history, comparative ethnic studies, Asian American history, and cinema studies. She held a postdoctoral position in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University and was a lecturer in the Department of History at Harvard University.
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George Philip LeBourdais
PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Art History
George Philip LeBourdais is pursuing a doctorate in the history of art and architecture at Stanford, with a concentration in long-nineteenth century (1789-1914) America and Western Europe. His research focuses on the exploration and representation of extreme landscape environments – such as alpine and arctic regions – and the political forces that shape and contest them over time. In addition to working on cartographic and spatial history projects at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford’s own Spatial History Lab, George Philip is also an enthusiastic participant in the Environmental Humanities Project. He has worked with the Bill Lane Center to organize and design exhibitions at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. As a native of the Maine coast, he continues to revel (i.e. camping, climbing, and telemark skiing) in the incredible landscapes of California.
Geoff McGhee
Creative Director for Media and Communications, Bill Lane Center for the American West
Geoff McGhee develops online media at the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He collaborates with media partners, researchers and scholars to create interactive stories, data visualizations and analytical tools. A veteran of online news, he has worked at The New York Times and, and in France at Le Monde Interactif, covering a wide range of stories from breaking and investigative news to features on history, art and culture.
Maria McVarish
Lab Affiliate
Maria McVarish is doctoral student in Modern Thought and Literature with a background in architecture and visual research. Her doctoral work centers on the relationships between historical thought, spatial practice and public memory, with particular attention to the after effects of railroad and industry history on landscape and identity.
David Medeiros
Geospatial Instruction & Reference Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center
David Medeiros is the GIS Reference and Instruction specialist at the Stanford Geospatial Center where he provides individual GIS reference help as well as group instruction and training. He designs and presents a variety of GIS workshops on topics from Basic GIS, to Data Creation, Mobile Data Collection, and GIS Cartography. He oversees the day-to-day operation of the GIS lab, handling diverse data and technology needs, and supervises a team of student GIS staff. David collaborates and supports CESTA on a variety of GIS and cartography projects.
Cristiane Miyasaka
CESTA Affiliate
Visiting Student Researcher at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, from May 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013. Ph. D. Candidate in Brazilian History at State University of Campinas, Brazil. Her research interests are Brazilian History, Labor History, and Spatial History. Her dissertation investigates the experience of the suburban workers of Rio de Janeiro, from 1890 to 1920. Under the supervision of Professor Zephyr Frank and working in partnership with the professional staff at CESTA, she has built a historical GIS model for the Rio suburb of Inhaúma.
Hilton Obenzinger
Associate Director, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Hilton Obenzinger is a critic, poet, novelist and historian, and the recipient of the American Book Award. He is the author of American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania, as well as articles in scholarly journals on American Holy Land travel, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and American cultural interactions with the Middle East. His most recent book is the autobiographical novel Busy Dying. He teaches writing and American studies at Stanford University and is Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America project.
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.

Raina Sun
Post-bac Research Assistant
Raina Sun recently graduated from Stanford with a BA in History and is now a post-bac research assistant at CESTA, designing, programming, and visioning for the Year of the Bay Crowdsourcing and Enchanting the Desert projects. Raina is passionate about storytelling and sees the work in CESTA as an essential bridge between research, public education, and personal expression.
Giovanni Svevo
Giovanni Svevo is a professional archaeologist with 15 years of work experience in archaeological excavation and research, primarily in the territory of Rome. Since 2010 he has been the national director of the Associazione Nazionale Archeologi (ANA), Italy’s main professional archaeologists association. In recent years he has specialized in the use of GPS/TPS technologies and GIS software, applying this knowledge to archaeological fieldwork, focusing on the use of GPS/GNSS handhelds in surveys and the integration of different sources of data in GIS environment. He is currently involved in the Forma Urbis Romae project working on two aspects: georeferencing  Lanciani’s map on a modern base and organizing and digitizing archeological information on the map to integrate it into a geo-database.
Fikret Yılmaz
Institutional Collaborator
Fikret Yılmaz is a scholar of social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, focusing on the early modern period. After he completed his Ph.D. at Ege Üniversity, Yılmaz taught at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir and Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. Since 2012, he has been teaching at Bahçeşehir University. Professor Fikret Yılmaz and Ali Yaycioglu are carrying out a project on Ottoman Probate Inventories (muhallefat and tereke) from the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, which is a sub-division of the Mapping Ottoman Epirus Project.
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