Our Team

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Project Managers

Nelson Shuchmacher Endebo
Farah Bazzi
Ellis Schriefer
Amir Eshel

NELSON SHUCHMACHER ENDEBO is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His research and dissertation deal largely with the literary history of technology and natural philosophy in 16th and 17th century Iberia and its colonies, especially Mexico and Brazil.

He is also very much engaged in the uses of technology in and out of academic settings. At Stanford he co-directs the Poetic Media Lab at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), and  is a contributor to the Florentine Codex Project. He also works with the EPIC Fellowship staff of Stanford’s Global Studies Department, where he helps community college professors develop global curricula and integrate technology in their classrooms.

FARAH BAZZI is a second year PhD student in History at Stanford University. She studies early modern global history, with a focus on understanding the historical connections between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic maritime spaces during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Her research revolves primarily around the study of piracy and captivity and the way in which this has interconnected the historical trajectories of Ottoman North Africa, Morocco, the Iberian Empires, and the Dutch Republic in the early modern period.

Farah holds a BA in Political Science, a BA and MA in Middle East Studies from Leiden University, and an MA in History from the University of Chicago.

ELLIS SCHRIEFER is a third year PhD candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. She studies contemporary Spanish social movements, urban activism, and community-established public spaces (espacios autogestionados), with an emphasis on understanding how diverse communities establish a sense of collective identity through their social practices and cultural production.

Ellis holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and an MA in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature from New York University.

AMIR ESHEL is Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies at Stanford University. He is Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature and as of 2019 Director of Comparative Literature and its graduate program. His Stanford affiliations include The Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Modern Thought & Literature, and The Europe Center at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also the faculty director of Stanford’s research group on The Contemporary and of the Poetic Media Lab at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). His research focuses on contemporary literature and the arts as they touch on philosophy, specifically on memory, history, political thought, and ethics. More information in this location.

Research Assistants

Emily Zhang
Alana Mermin-Bunnell
Miranda Liu
Elias Aceves
Cat Fergensen
Hannah Walton
Katie Yoon
Audrey Mitchell
Barry Migott
Glede Wang
Leah Chase

CESTA Undergraduate Research Assistant

EMILY ZHANG is a senior majoring in Symbolic Systems and minoring in philosophy. She enjoys writing, drawing, and surfing.

HRI Fellow

ALANA MERMIN-BUNNELL is an undeclared freshman. She loves visual art, reading, and playing board games.

HRI Fellow

MIRANDA LIU is a first-year student interested in studying literature, creative writing, and how to tie both to social change. She enjoys storytelling, being in nature, and finding new sources of inspiration.

HRI Fellow

ELIAS ACEVES is currently an undergraduate at Stanford, hoping to double major in Economics and Mathematics. Poverty, disparity, and development studies have always been at the forefront of his mind. He is interested in addressing such issues, along with incorporating methodologies which are not common in economics. Whether it is looking to incorporate neocolonial history to the Global South’s underdevelopment, or how race, gender, and sexuality influence one’s class and their mobility, Elias has always sought to address inequities discussed within economics through more ways than time series, regressions, and models (but he doesn’t mind doing that either!). In his free time, he likes to run, paint, or watch A24 Movies.

HRI Fellow

CAT FERGESEN is a first year undergraduate at Stanford University. She intends to major in Linguistics and Biology and has a particular interest in storytelling with a focus in oral storycraft and audio documentary.

HRI Fellow

HANNAH WALTON is a sophomore majoring in English and minoring in Human Biology. She enjoys playing violin with fellow musicians on campus, reading, and hanging out with her dog, Snowy.

HRI Fellow

KATIE YOON is an undergraduate first-year at Stanford who hopes to double major in International Relations and Psychology. Katie aspires to one day become an international human rights lawyer with long-term goals to combat corruption and judicial bias in courts around the world. While under quarantine, she has been enjoying creating fusion confections, doing pilates, and binge-watching foreign dramas to improve her language skills.

HRI Fellow

AUDREY MITCHELL is an undergraduate sophomore double-majoring in Political Science and Management Science & Engineering, with a minor in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her interests include Shakespeare textual and performance adaptation, human rights law and international tribunals, and creating change through the intersection of arts and justice.

HRI Fellow

BARRY MIGOTT is currently an undergraduate at Stanford hoping to major in Computer Science and minor in Management Science & Engineering. His interests include listening to podcasts, reading contemporary African literature and finding new sources of inspiration.

HRI Fellow

QIXUAN WANG, with preferred name GLEDE, is a first year undergraduate student at Stanford. She comes from Shenzhen China, from a southern city next to Hong Kong. She is a queer woman who is looking to pursue a Women and Gender’s Studies major and Data Science minor. She enjoys cosplay, tennis and, surprisingly, social distancing. She cannot wait to join the Life in Quarantine team and make more voices across the world heard.

HRI Fellow

LEAH CHASE is an undeclared freshman, hoping to double major in English and Art History. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, discovering new music, and taking lots and lots of walks.


Yuki Bailey
Jin Chow
Daniel Endebo

Stanford School of Medicine Research Assistant

YUKI BAILEY is studying the intersection of medicine and the humanities. She is particularly interested in social determinants of health and the health issues that arise during traumatic events. Currently, she is exploring literature, in conjunction with medical studies, to express and interpret the health effects of crisis situations. 

JIN YUN CHOW is currently a third year doctoral candidate at Stanford University’s department of Comparative Literature. She studies the language politics between Arabic, French, and Vietnamese in former colonies of the French empire through looking at fiction and poetry. Her research interests include 20th-21st century North African Francophone and Arabophone literature, Indochinese Francophone Literature, and Francophone language politics. She is a huge language nerd, and the main languages that she works with are French, Chinese and Arabic. She is currently on leave working on her EdTech startup Polygence.

Jin was born and raised in Hong Kong, and she also holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

DANIEL ENDEBO holds a Business degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2015 he has worked with social media and data analysis. In his spare time he enjoys watching soccer and basketball games, listening to podcasts while walking on Copacabana beach, and venturing in kitchen shenanigans.

Special Thanks

Daniele Biffanti; Teresa Ceserani; Ella Elbaz; Gilad Shiram; Joseph Wager