Tara Balakrishnan is a freshman from Seattle, WA, at Stanford University. She is a prospective Computer Science and Economics major, though she is also interested in Political Science and Sociology. Tara is thrilled to be working with Cameron Blevins on georeferencing and georectifying post offices and postal routes onto historical maps, which intersects her many academic passions. In her spare time, Tara enjoys participating in hackathons on campus and reading books. She also dances for Stanford's Basmati Raas, a competitive Garba/Raas team in performances across the nation.
Camille Brown is a rising junior at Stanford University. Currently majoring in Science, Technology, and Society (with a concentration in Information Technology, Media and Society), she is also contemplating declaring an additional major or minor in Drama. She is working with Scott Saul’s team to develop an interactive supplement to his biography of comedian-actor Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, forthcoming). As an actress with a fascination for the performing arts and the ever-evolving systems in place for the effective communication of art across genres in today’s society, she is thrilled to be working on a project that intersects with so many of her personal and academic passions.
Liz Fenje is a senior, majoring in History and minoring in International Relations. She is working with Andy Robichaud on the Animal City project, which is investigating the role animals played in shaping 19th century cities, with a particular focus on San Francisco. Liz is excited to work in the Spatial History Lab as its interdisciplinary nature fuses her interests of history and visual design.
Frederico Freitas is a first-year graduate student in Latin American History. Frederico holds a bachelor's degree in History from University of Sao Paulo, where he wrote a final thesis about nation-state building and environment in nineteenth-century Argentina. Besides being an historian, he has also worked in the graphic design and motion graphics industry during the last decade. He is interested in using the tools provided by a Spatial History approach to study the Environmental History of South America, with a focus on Brazil.
Karla Gonzalez is a junior majoring in History with a focus on global affairs. She is working with Lea VanderVelde's team on the Law of the Antebellum Frontier to map patterns of migration in and out of St. Louis during the 19th century. Karla is very excited to acquire GIS skills and delve further into the history of migration, a particular interest of hers.
Lauren Hoffman is a junior at the University of Oregon where she is double majoring in Art History, Interior Architecture and in her spare time swims for the University. She is working on the Lanciani project with Jim Tice where she is helping un-layer the enormous amount of history within the city of Rome. She spent a summer studying in Rome and throughout Italy where she had the chance to challenge her language skills and live out the dream of many art historians. She hopes over the course of her college career to get the chance to explore new skills that go along with the project.
Michelle Kahn is a first-year doctoral student in Stanford's History Department, focusing on twentieth-century Germany. She graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, where her senior thesis on the politicization of German and British colonial-era humanitarianism received the History Department's "Best Thesis" award. At the Spatial History Project, Michelle will work with her adviser, Edith Sheffer, on the Forming Selves project. She looks forward to integrating her research skills with her background in graphic design and publishing, as well as to potential dissertation work on Turkish migration to Germany using spatial analysis tools.
Oliver Khakwani is a senior majoring in STS with a specialization in Product and Interaction Design. Last year he contributed to the Chinese Canadian Stories project. This year he will continue using data visualisation as a tool to identify and explore trends in large data sets for a variety of projects.
Ian Korn is in the final year of his Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he arrived in Eugene after studying at New York University, working for an architecture firm, and a brief stint teaching English in Spain. His work on the Forma Urbis Romae Project allows him to combine his loves of architecture, history, and urban design.
Marco Medellin is a senior majoring in Chicano Studies. His research interests include migration and the development of identity. Some of his most recent work includes a presentation on differing perceptions of the United States and Mexico border region at the Association of American Geographers national conference. He enjoys the interdisciplinary atmosphere the Spatial History Project provides and hopes that his work on the Rebooting History project helps develop a better understanding of East Palo Alto.
Sophia Paliza-Carre is currently a senior majoring in History with a focus on global affairs. She is working on the Shaping the West project with Richard White, and will be working to help represent and analyze railroads as spatial patterns in the 19th century American West. Her interest in GIS was piqued by a class in ArcGIS software she took in which she mapped the suitability of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. In her spare time, she is also an associate producer for the Stanford Storytelling Project and loves coffee.
Miriam Pollock is a sophomore from San Francisco and Seattle majoring in Classics. She is working with Professor Christensen on the Year of the Bay project, which seeks to use crowdsourcing to gain an in-depth understanding of different narratives of environmental history. Specifically, the project prompts users to engage with photographs and maps that explore the history the San Francisco Bay. She is excited to combine her interests in her history, maps, and data visualization through this project. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, spending time with friends, and caffeine.
Anna Ponting is a senior majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Modern Languages. She is working with Professor Jim Tice on the Forma Urbis Romae Project to create a layered history of Rome's evolution. As a lover of both cities and Italy, where she spent a quarter abroad, she is thrilled to work on a project that also incorporates her interest in GIS and humanities visualization tools. She has worked on past GIS-related projects with the Center for Education Policy Analysis, the Center for Poverty and Inequality, and as a teaching assistant for a course on GIS fundamentals.
Alexis Z. Romero
Alexis Z. Romero is a senior double-majoring in Political Science and Iberian & Latin American Cultures. He is working with Professor Frank on the Rebooting History project. Some of his most recent work includes a research project assessing the performance of Guatemala's conditional cash-transfer program. In his spare time, you can find him dancing, running, cooking or playing soccer. He is excited to work with the Spatial History Project and explore the realm of spatial analysis.
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.
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.
Natasha Weiss is a sophomore from San Francisco, likely majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She is working alongside Nicholas Bauch on the Enchanting the Desert project, which aims to allow viewers to enter the world of 1930's photographs of Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks by way of digital, multi-media interaction. She is a lover of the American West and is fascinated by the ways in which people shape and are shaped by the landscapes that are their homes.
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.