Stanford University
Our Team
Celena Allen
GIS Specialist and CESTA Center Manager
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.
Leonardo Barleta
Graduate Assistant
Leonardo Barleta is a Ph.D. Candidate in History (Latin America) and Graduate Assistant for the Spatial History Project. His dissertation examines the interiorization of Portuguese colonial enterprise in South America during the first half of the eighteenth century through the mapping the movement people and information in the backlands of Brazil.
Erik Steiner
Co-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
Project Coordinator
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.
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