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Directors and Staff

Elaine Treharne

Elaine Treharne, Director

Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities at Stanford. In addition to serving as director of CESTA, she directs Stanford Text Technologies, an interdisciplinary program that draws upon both History of the Book and Digital Humanities to investigate the long history of "text." She is Principal Investigator of Stanford's contribution to the NEH-funded, multi-institutional project "Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900", and also co-directs Stanford's Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Professor Treharne is a keen advocate and critic of the use of digital technologies in the classroom; in addition to a seminar on the history of text technologies, she offers an online course, "Digging Deeper," that explores the creation and interpretation of manuscripts. Since 2015, she has served as co-director of the undergraduate Digital Humanities Minor.
Mark Algee-Hewitt

Mark Algee-Hewitt, Assistant Faculty Director

Mark Algee-Hewitt is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Literary Lab at Stanford, where he currently holds an Annenberg Faculty Fellowship. His research, which has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focuses on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in England and Germany and seeks to combine literary criticism with digital and quantitative analyses of literary texts. Professor Algee-Hewitt directs the Literary Text Mining cluster of the Digital Humanities Minor.
Celena Allen

Celena Allen, Center Manager

Celena Allen manages the infrastructure and operations of the Center. Working closely with the Director and Center staff she oversees the Research Assistantship program, the communications team, special projects, and CESTA initiatives to realize the mission and vision of CESTA. With a background in Geography and Cultural Anthropology, she initially came to CESTA as a GIS Specialist and Project Coordinator for the Spatial History Project. In that role she provided technical and project management support for various research projects within the Spatial History Lab. She is inspired and motivated by the creative energy, symbiotic connections, and innovative research that happens in CESTA.
Amita Kumar

Amita Kumar

Amita Kumar is the Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Language and Information. She is responsible for administration and management of finances and human resources at CESTA.
Rani Sharma

Rani Sharma

Ranjeshni Sharma (Rani) is responsible for the administrative duties for CESTA and Worldview Stanford as well as management of the fourth floor of Wallenberg Hall. She has more than 10 years’ professional experience in business administration with an emphasis on human resources and employee relations. She's been with Stanford University for 8 years and loves working with students, faculty, and researchers; she is so proud to be a part of the Stanford community. Outside of her work at Stanford, Rani enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Erik Steiner

Erik Steiner

Erik Steiner is the Creative 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

Amanda Wilson Bergado

Amanda Wilson Bergado is CESTA’s Program Assistant. In close collaboration with the Center Manager and other CESTA staff, Amanda supports events, communications, and the research assistants program. Amanda received her MA in U.S. History from UC Santa Cruz, where her research focused on Chinese migration, gender and family, criminality, and social identity and organization. Previously, Amanda worked in Stanford’s office of 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.

Brian Kersey

Brian is CESTA's administrative associate. Hailing from sunny SoCal, Brian moved to Berkeley to study History. His research focused on environmental history, 19th/20th century urbanization, immigration, archaeology, wildlife, and the National Park movement. He enjoys gardening, cooking, video games, photography, nature watching, and raising chickens.