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Lead Faculty and Staff


Giovanna Ceserani, Faculty Director

Giovanna Ceserani works on the classical tradition with an emphasis on the intellectual history of classical scholarship, historiography, and archaeology from the eighteenth century onwards. She is interested in the role that Hellenism and Classics played in the shaping of modernity and, in turn, in how the questions we ask of the classical past originate in specific modern cultural, social and political contexts. Her interest in travel is engaging new digital approaches with a focus on the Grand Tour.


Mark Algee-Hewitt, Faculty Advisory Board

Mark Algee-Hewitt’s work combines critical and quantitative approaches to the analysis of literature. He is particularly interested in the literature and aesthetic philosophy of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and he has used computational methods to explore the history of aesthetic concepts across this period. As director of the Stanford Literary Lab, he has led projects on the literature of suspense, the history of racialized language in American literature, and an analysis of the reports of the OECD’s anti-bribery convention.

Kathryn Starkey, Faculty Advisory Board

Kathryn Starkey is Professor of German in the Department of German Studies. Her primary research interests are medieval and early modern German literature and culture with an emphasis on visuality, material culture, language, performativity, and the history of the book. Kathryn is faculty director of the Global Medieval Sourcebook (GMS), a free, open access, and open source teaching and research tool. It offers a flexible online display for the parallel viewing of medieval texts in their original language, in new English translations, and in their digitized manuscript form.

Rowan Dorin, Faculty Advisory Board

Rowan Dorin is an Assistant Professor of History. A historian of western Europe and the Mediterranean during the high and late Middle Ages, he is especially interested in legal and economic history, Christian-Jewish relations, the production and circulation of manuscripts, and the history of exile and expulsion. He is the project director of Corpus Synodalium, a digital database of local ecclesiastical legislation in medieval Europe; and together with a team of former CESTA RAs, he recently published a Digital Atlas of Dioceses and Ecclesiastical Provinces in Late Medieval Europe (1200-1500).


Alix Keener, Digital Scholarship Coordinator

As Digital Scholarship Coordinator, based jointly in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and the Stanford University Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Reserach (CIDR), Alix supports research and teaching in computational social sciences and digital humanities for the Stanford community along with other specialists. Alix also support CESTA’s projects and publications by leveraging the Libraries’ infrastructure and expertise. Additionally, Alix is responsible for maintaining and developing the Libraries’ digital humanities collection.

Erik Steiner

Erik Steiner, Co-Director, Spatial History Project

Erik Steiner is the Co-Director of the Spatial History Project and came to Stanford as a founding member of the Lab in 2007. A geographer by training and a designer by practice, for over 15 years he has led the development of creative mapping projects for academic research in the fields of geography, architecture, ecology and the spatial humanities. At CESTA he has participated in dozens of projects with a focus on visual, data-driven, aesthetic, empirical and critical methods. His design work has work multiple awards and he is a former president of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). At CESTA and in everyday life, Erik is passionate about building deep creative partnerships that bring together people of diverse disciplines and expertise.

Amanda Wilson Bergado, Center Manager

Amanda Wilson Bergado, Center Manager

Amanda Wilson Bergado is CESTA’s Center Manager, working closely with the Faculty Director to develop programs and coordinate support for projects, researchers, and students. Amanda received her MA in U.S. History from UC Santa Cruz, where her research focused on Chinese migration, gender and family, criminality and policing, and social identity and organization. Amanda has more 10 years of experience in administration and project management at Stanford; previously she worked in the Undergraduate Advising and Research where she coordinated new student transition and advising programs. Amanda cherishes Stanford’s history and traditions and is thrilled to be a part of CESTA’s highly collaborative and cutting-edge work.


Mae Velloso-Lyons

Mae Velloso-Lyons works closely with the Faculty Director on a range of CESTA programs, including the Seminar Series, DH Public Lectures, and the Undergraduate Research Internship. She also co-leads, with Eric Harvey, the Digital Humanities Graduate Fellowship. Her doctoral research in Comparative Literature focuses on vulnerability, masculinity, and the "ideal" body in medieval France, combining literary criticism with computational semantic analyses. She is also the editor of the Global Medieval Sourcebook.


Portrait of Andrea Davies

Andrea Rees Davies, Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Center

Andrea Rees Davies and her team at the Stanford Humanities Center are key partners in CESTA's administration. Andrea holds a PhD in history, a MA in history, and a MA in religious studies from Stanford; her research intersts and teaching areas span U.S and LGBTQ history. Andrea has worked on interdisciplinary research teams and published studies on women in Silicon Valley high-tech companies, Venture Capitalist perceptions of women entrepreneurs, the history of the “ideal worker” myth, and dual-career academic couples at top U.S. research universities.

Carol Guthrie, Workshop Program Administrator, Stanford Humanities Center