Introducing the Summer '23 Undergraduate Research Interns


Introducing our Summer 2023 Interns, a 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. 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, we are welcoming 21 undergraduates interns  working on 17 digital humanities research projects. This summer's full-time program is supported by two graduate mentors:  Annie Lamar and JJ Lugardo, both PhD students in Classics.

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 Changing Human Experience Grants, departmental funds, and faculty research funds.


Intern Bio Project

Natalie Bai

Natalie Bai is a freshman with prospective major in Design and Marine Biology. She has a great passion for earth science and care for the ocean environment, which is her primary motivation to join the team of Marine Imagery. She’s also interested in exploring the potential intersection between marine science and other disciplines, such as Design, Computer Science, and Sociology. Outside of CESTA, she’s an active member of Design for America and Engineering For Sustainable world. During her spare times, she enjoys practicing visual art and having close contact with nature. Oceanic Imaginaries

Fernando (Ferdie) Bravo

Fernando Bravo is a sophomore studying Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Applied Logic. Last summer, Fernando worked on the Scofflaws and Debt Collectors project under Professor Jenkins, developing archival research skills and learning about debt-collection politics of late 20th century U.S. This upcoming summer, Fernando will be working in the Text Technologies project under Professor Treharne. Outside of academics, Fernando enjoys reading, going on bike rides, and playing chess. Text Technologies

Tianyi (Joyce) Chen

Tianyi (Joyce) Chen is a junior majoring in International Relations, with the focus on international history and culture. She is passionate about the intersection between human well-being, cultural preservation and technology. With the CESTA Shared Sacred Sites project, she contributes to the creation of story maps about sacred spaces around the world. Outside of CESTA, she is a dedicated explorer and promoter of indigenous cultures. Mapping Shared Sacred Sites

Christina Cheng

Christina Cheng is a rising freshman interested in majoring in History and Symbolic Systems. With CESTA, she is working on the Senegalese Slave Liberations Project with Professor Richard Roberts, Fatoumata Seck and Joel Cabrita. Outside of CESTA, she enjoys playing trumpet with the Stanford Wind Symphony and the marching band (LSJUMB). Senegalese Slave Liberations Project

Anabelle Colmenares

Anabelle Colmenares (she/her) is a junior in Computer Science. She's particularly passionate about issues related to race/ethnicity, gender, the LGBTQIA+ community, climate change, animal welfare, and any other issues that intersect those categories. She will be working on the Know Systemic Racism (KSR) project led by Felicia Smith. Outside of CESTA, Anabelle has worked at the Digital Civil Society Lab and the Gu Lab. Know Systemic Racism

Ana Costa

Ana Costa (she/her) is a rising sophomore double majoring in English and Psychology. From Brazil, she believes that the written word builds bridges that connect individuals to prosociality and wellbeing. She’s happy to join Professor Staveley’s Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP). Modernist Archives Publishing Project

Jessica Ding

Jessica Ding is a freshman from Shanghai, China interested in Symbolic Systems, linguistics, and translation. She enjoys sunny weather, singing and playing the ukulele, and living in the moment! Outside of research, she is a poet, poetry editor, and stage manager for musical productions. Modernist Archives Publishing Project

Carlo Dino 

Carlo Dino is a rising junior majoring in Computer Science. He worked with Nelson Endebo on the EpicConnect project, focusing on promoting collaboration on course material between current and former EPIC fellows. His role primarily focused on polishing the front-end design of the website and deploying the app.



Arnav Gupta

Arnav is a freshman majoring in Computer Science. He is interested in Natural Language Processing and programming for social good, and he is excited to explore both of those interests working with Prof. Levine and Prof. Demszky this summer. Expanding the Discipline of English Language Arts; Using Data Visualizations to Help Students See Texts Differently in English Language Arts projects

Raghad Hasanein

Raghad Hasanein is a sophomore studying Earth Systems and Data Science. In CESTA, she is taking part in the OpenGulf project, where she is working on transcribing Arabic materials, hoping to create and publish digital historical texts from the Arab Gulf and the Levant.


Bo Hou

Bo Hou (they/them) is a prospective philosophy and religious studies major with minors in Linguistics and FGSS (Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). They are interested in the topic of transcendence and would love to explore the boundary between mortality and immortality – how, if at all, can humans become gods? Outside of school, they enjoy knitting, ocean-watching, and day-dreaming. Church of Baghdad

Emily Huang

Emily Huang is a rising junior majoring in Psychology and English. She is passionate about exploring how stories build empathy and social cognition, studying the mind as a narrative, and building bridges between cultures through storytelling. In CESTA, she is working with Prof. Joel Cabrita on the “Visible Bodies” project to center the marginalized, unpublished literary work of 20th-century African woman writers. Outside of academics, Emily enjoys playing drums with Stanford Taiko and K-Pop dance with Stanford XTRM. Visible Bodies

Ben Keane

Ben Keane is a junior studying Data Science. He is passionate about using data and maps to better understand social justice causes. His hobbies include mountaineering, jazz saxophone, and political/electoral analysis. Mapping the Cape Colony

Muki Kozikoglu

Muki Kozikoglu is currently pursuing a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry. She’s interested in the interdisciplinary interaction of different fields in the humanities, especially within her concentration of Early Christianity. In her free time, Muki enjoys making coffee, watching long video essays, and spending time with her friends. Senegalese Slave Liberations Project

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee is a rising junior majoring in Music Composition and Computer Science. Fascinated by the intersection of music and technology, he is working on the Josquin Research Project this summer with professors Jesse Rodin and Craig Sapp. Outside of CESTA, he enjoys playing piano, walking his dog with friends, and riding roller coasters!

Josquin Research Project

Brittany Linus

Brittany Linus is an undergraduate student at Stanford University majoring in African and African American Studies (AAAS) and pursuing a Notation in Cultural Rhetorics (NCR). As a digital humanities scholar, Linus studies how Black freedom dreams not only define freedom marches, but shape digital experiences of expansion, self-care, and activism for Black lives. Through her research, Linus aims to realize a space for the appreciation of dreams, so every child can dare to dream and dream in color. Linus loves playing The Sims, reading manga, and listening to Afro-pop and Igbo Highlife music. Her favorite manga? The Magnum Opus itself, One Piece! Considering Disability in Online Cultural Experiences

Kastella Nguyen

Kastella Nguyen is a freshman majoring in History with a minor in CSRE. She is interested in American history with a concentration on race and gender. This spring and summer, she will be working with Professor Parker on the Community Museums Project to create a database of South African museums, highlighting community-based museums.

Community Museums


Sarah Sophie Schwarzhappel

Sarah Sophie Schwarzhappel is a junior majoring in Comparative Literature. Currently, she is interested in intersections of literature with philosophy and visual art, poetry, and approaches to social and environmental justice. During the summer of 2023, she will be helping Professor Mark Algee-Hewitt on with the project “Truth in Fiction: the Discourse of Embedded Scientific Facts in Climate Fiction.”

Truth in Fiction: the Discourse of Embedded Scientific Facts in Climate Fiction

Catherine Titzer

Catherine Titzer (she/her) is a freshman at Stanford, and she is excited to pursue her passions for disability rights and performing arts through Considering Disability in Online Cultural Experiences. Outside of school, Catherine loves dancing—she has been dancing ballet since she was three and enjoys finding interdisciplinary pathways to integrate art into her work. Considering Disability in Online Cultural Experiences

Shinnosuke Yagi

Shinnosuke Yagi is a rising junior from Japan majoring in Earth Systems and minoring in Computer Science with interest in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis. Outside of academics, Shinnosuke enjoys watching baseball and playing taiko. Church of Baghdad

William Zhang


William Zhang is a Mathematical and Computational Science major and a Computer Science coterm. He is interested in machine learning research, and has worked on projects involving computer vision and natural language processing. Outside of research, William is a member of Stanford's Dragon Boat team.

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