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Student Spotlight

Introducing CESTA's Summer 2022 Interns

Group picture of Summer 2022 interns in Citrus Courtyard, taken in July 2022

Introducing our Summer 2022 Interns, a hybrid community of digital humanities researchers.

The Center for Textual and Spatial Analysis at Stanford runs undergraduate research internship programs in the winter, spring, and summer quarters.  Our undergraduate interns contribute to faculty projects while acquiring new skills that are consolidated in workshops and activities designed for the internship program. During summer 2022, a majority of this work is being done in person, while some interns continue working remotely. Our interns continue to advance digital humanities research and creating a unique community of researchers at Wallenberg Hall. You can read below about our current cohort of interns and their work. This summer's program is supported by three graduate mentors: Merve Tekgürler, a PhD student in History, Annie Lamar, a PhD student in Classics, and Victoria Zurita, a PhD in Comparative Literature.

We’re grateful to the many campus partners who support our research and programs, including colleagues at Stanford University Libraries and the Stanford Humanities Center.  Our Undergraduate Research Internship program receives generous support from a VPUE Departmental Grant. Some projects and interns at CESTA are also supported by Cultivating Humanities and Social Sciences Grants and the Stanford-Tinker Faculty Research Fund.


Intern Bio Project

Anthony Bui

Anthony Bui is a senior majoring in Classics with minors in Philosophy and Art History. This summer, he helped Dr. Jenkins on his project of “Scofflaws and Debt Collectors” with the goal of examining how race, injustice, government, and corporations were involved in the refusal to pay parking tickets in LA and Chicago in the late 1960’s.

"Scofflaws" and Debt Collectors



Fernando Bravo

Fernando Bravo is a rising sophomore with academic interests in Symbolic Systems and Comparative Literature. The interdisciplinary nature of both of these fields, as well as the evident interest in STEM and the humanities, is what drew him to become involved in the Digital Humanities, excited by new ways to research seemingly old questions. This summer he worked in the Scofflaws and Debt-Collectors project along with Anthony Bui, led by Professor Destin Jenkins.

"Scofflaws" and Debt Collectors


Stephanie Casteneda

Stephanie Castaneda Perez (she/her) is a rising Senior majoring in History with a minor in Art Practice. She is especially interested in contemporary transnational history, particularly cultural history within immigrant groups in the United States. This summer, she is working on the Senegalese Slave Liberations Project with Professor Richard Roberts, helping translate, transcribe, and analyze colonial registers of slave liberations in French West Africa. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crocheting, and gardening.

Senegalese Slave Liberations


Marguerite DeMarco


Marguerite DeMarco is a Sophomore interested in studying the Classics, Comparative Literature, and Art History. She worked with Kelly Nguyen on her Vietnamese Refugee Archive project and Hans Bork on his Roman Comedy project. Her work with CESTA involved creating a website for the Viet Museum and analyzing several Roman plays.

Vietnamese Refugee Archive & Social Networks Roman Comedy

Carlo Dino

Carlo Dino is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science, with an interest in Human-Computer Interaction. He worked with Nelson Endebo on the EpicConnect project, focusing on promoting project collaboration between current and former EPIC fellows. His role primarily focused on constructing the front-end side of the website and connecting it to the server.


Zelig Dov

Zelig Dov is a sophomore with interests in history and comparative literature. He worked with Prof. Michael Penn on the Early Christian and Muslims Networks project doing data cleanup and social network analysis with the ninth-century text, The Book of Governors, by Thomas of Marga. Zelig also created visualizations regarding Timothy I, the Nestorian Patriarch, for Prof. Penn’s upcoming book project on global Christianity in the Church of the East.

Social Networks In The Early Islamic World



Defne Genc


Defne is a rising Junior at Stanford majoring in Symbolic Systems with a minor in Ethics and Technology. For OpenGulf, she works specifically on disambiguating the Seyahatname and Lorimer texts. In her free time, she enjoys trying local food and coffee, exploring new cities, and listening to classic rock music.



Julia Gendy

Julia Gendy is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is interested in history and art and passionate about social change through community organization and education. Her work with Prof. Grant Parker on the Legacies of Enslavement project involves collaboration with museums in South Africa to create digital educational tools that promote community engagement with history.

Aftermaths Of Enslavement


Shannon Gifford

Shannon is from Seattle, Washington, and majors in history while minoring in creative writing and archaeology. It sounds like an eclectic mix, but the underlying theme is storytelling. At CESTA, she practices some forms of storytelling with the Shared Sacred Sites project, which utilizes different types of maps to represent shared sites around the world. You can also find her running, swimming, exploring trails, or reading/writing fantasy novels.

Mapping Shared Sacred Sites



Atash Heil

Atash Sadeghi Heil is a sophomore with interests in Geophysics and Anthropology. During summer 2022, he remotely contributed to the OpenGulf project by disambiguating historical data about Iran’s Persian Gulf region and researching Persian gazetteers of the Qajar era. 


Kiana Hu


Mapping The Musical Renaissance 

Margot Hutchins

Margot Hutchins is rising sophomore from Connecticut tentatively majoring in mathematics and religious studies. I am passionate about combining the tools of STEM with the liberal arts, which corresponds wonderfully to my work transcribing and analyzing historical journals with Professor Ceserani’s Grand Tour Project.

Grand Tour Project


Eliot Jones

Eliot Jones is a Junior majoring in Data Science, with interests in social networks and visualizing spatial data in order to help contextualize the past. In Summer 2022, he worked with Professor Giovanna Ceserani and Annie Lamar on the Grand Tour Explorer in order to help prepare for its publication.

Grand Tour Project


Mohammed (Moe) Khalil

Moe is a rising senior majoring in Computer Science. He has been working with OpenGulf on the Historical Texts as Data Project since early 2021. His role involves building Optical Character Recognition models to automatically transcribe handwritten Arabic texts as well as digitizing and publishing open-source historical texts from the Arab Gulf.


Hayn Kim

Hayn Kim (they/she) is a rising senior majoring in Comparative Literature and minoring in Mathematics. As an intern for “Modernist Archives Publishing Project,” Hayn investigated Woolf’s usage of whitespace in the novel “Jacob’s Room.” They engaged in one-to-one literary seminar and used R, Python, and Tableau for further analysis.

Modernist Archives Publishing Project


Feiyang Kuang

Feiyang Kuang is a sophomore interested in Comparative Literature, History, and Philosophy. During the summer, she worked on Professor Grant Parker’s Early Cape Maps Project, mapping the route taken by Dutch traveler Swellengrebel in South Africa during the late 18th century from his travel notes.

Early Cape Maps


Shengming Liang


Shengming is a sophomore interested in the intersection between philosophy and literature. In summer 2022, Shengming worked with Professor Alessandrini on the project Considering Disabilities on Online Cultural Experience. Shengming worked to develop a database prototype that contains, indexes, and draws the relationships between various disabilities literature, particularly those relevant to the arts Considering Disability in Online Cultural Experiences Project

Elisa Lopez


Elisa Lopez is a junior double-majoring in Political Science and Classics with a minor in Religious Studies. She worked with IDEAL Provostial Fellow Kelly Nguyen on the Vietnamese Refugee Archive and Oral History Project in collaboration with the Viet Museum in San Jose. The result of the project is a digital exhibit on the museum, the Vietnam War, and the experiences of refugees. The exhibit aims to center and directly incorporate Vietnamese perspectives.

Vietnamese Refugee Archive

Enkhjin Munkhbayar

Enkhjin Munkhbayar is a sophomore from Mongolia with interests in data science, digital humanities, and international relations. She worked with Dr. Nora Barakat on the Making and Unmaking Imperial Space: OpenGulf project to disambiguate and analyze data from John G. Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia with 23000 unique place names in the Gulf region. She also worked to incorporate historical texts in Russian to create data representative of the Gulf region’s multilingual and multicultural identities.


Mario Nicholas

Mario Nicolas is a junior majoring in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Sustainability. He is interested in transportation and energy policy and creating equitable urban systems. In Summer 2022, he worked with Professor Grant Parker on Early Cape Mapping to map the travels and discoveries of naturalist and ornithologist Francois LeVaillant through the interior of South Africa. Early Cape Maps

Khosiyat Oripova

Khosiyat Oripova is sophomore majoring in International Relations with interests in digital humanities and history. She's working with Professor Nora Barakat on the OpenGulf: research group focusing on historical documentation about the Gulf, a joint effort between Stanford and NYU Abu Dhabi. This summer, she's working on the Lorimer dataset - Persian Coast section and researching Russian texts about the context and impact of the Russian Empire & Soviets on the Gulf.



Jonathan Pak

Jonathan Pak is a junior majoring in International Relations. He worked on the Mapping the Musical Renaissance project under CESTA, which tied into the ongoing Josquin Research Project under Professor Jesse Rodin. These projects utilize mapping software to track the comings and goings of famed Renaissance composer Josquin Deprez.

Mapping The Musical Renaissance & Josquin Research Project

Sarah Pincus


Sarah Pincus is a rising senior double majoring in Classics and History. In her studies, she's particularly fascinated by the status of women in Classical Antiquity. At CESTA,  she is working on Prof. Justin Lediwanger’s Sicily Project that explores the cultural history, archaeological findings, and environment of Southeast Sicily. She's also working on Prof. Giovanna Ceserani’s Grand Tour Project, in which she's reviewing data in the Grand Tour Explorer, learning about data journalism, and bringing attention to the often overlooked stories of women who embarked on Grand Tours.

Grand Tour Project & Shipwrecks and the Maritime Heritage of Millennia of Sicilian Connection



Benjamin Ruland

Benjamin Ruland is a non-traditional transfer student at Stanford University studying for his Bachelors Computer Science. Before coming to Stanford he worked as a field staff at Evoke Wilderness therapy and as an independent carpenter. Some of his many hobbies include reading fantasy fiction, playing soccer, and hiking with his partner.

Oral History Text Analysis Project & EpicConnect


Hong Le Xuan Vo

Hong Le Xuan Vo is a rising half sophomore/half junior (took some Leave of Absences) majoring in Symbolic System. Hong works with Professor Brent Salter from the Law School on the Digital Legal Project that looks into changes over time of the union agreements of the Dramatist Guild by transcibing and analyzing text. She hopes to visualize those changes on a website for the project. Digital Legal Histories Project

Natalie Wang

Natalie Wang is a rising sophomore at Stanford University and is currently interested in Symbolic Systems, law, and classical literature. Outside of CESTA, she is also a member of Stanford’s Theater Lab, and has experience in creative writing and legal research.

Modernist Archives Publishing Project

Sera Wang

Sera Wang is a rising sophomore majoring (tentatively) in English and minoring in Philosophy. Over the summer, she is working on Text Technologies, spending half of her time spent on renewing Ker’s Catalogue to make it more accessible to researchers and students and half on text recognition in Medieval tituli. Outside of CESTA, she is a member of Caesura, Stanford Speakers Bureau, and Stanford Women’s Frisbee Team Firefly.


Eyup Eren Yurek


Eyüp Eren Yürek is an undergraduate student in Comparative Literature (working in German, French, Persian, English literary traditions) and a coterminal student in German Studies at Stanford. He has interests in early medieval religious texts and songs, manuscript studies, the emergence of printing cultures in Europe, textuality and subjectivity in European captivity narratives in the Americas and Indian Ocean, 20th century poetry and Jewish thinking, and song traditions and orality within the Persianate world. I work between various genres of writing, geographies, and languages. At CESTA, I work within the Text Technologies Department, working on the second edition of Ker's catalogue of Old English manuscripts, and assisting and imagining syllabi for classes around sustainability and humanities from object-oriented perspectives. I love cooking, hiking, and having long conversations.