Meet the Team!

Nelson Endebo

project manager

Nelson is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature. For the most part, my academic work deals 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.

Ellis Schriefer

project manager

Ellis is a fourth year PhD candidate in ILAC 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.

Farah Bazzi

project manager

Farah is a third year Ph.D. candidate in History at Stanford University. Farah 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. Farah’s research focuses primarily on how histories of conquest, race, and the environment intersect in the regions of Ottoman North Africa, Morocco, and the Iberian Empires in the early modern period. Besides her academic work, Farah also writes poetry in Dutch. When she is not behind her desk, Farah takes great pleasure in cooking and running.

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.

Amir Eshel

Faculty p.i.

Amir 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

Alana Mermin-Bunnell

hri fellow

Alana is a Stanford undergraduate majoring in bioengineering and minoring in art practice. She is passionate about the intersections between art and STEM, destigmatizing mental health, and improving the quality of life of people globally in whatever small ways she can. She loves visual art, reading, playing board games, and her pet chickens.

As a part of LiQ, Alana works on graphic design, social media content development and management, outreach, and blog writing. She is happy to be a part of a great team.

You can reach Alana at

Hannah Walton

HRI fellow

Hannah is an undergraduate student at Stanford majoring in English and minoring in Human Biology. She is interested in public health, and is hoping to enter the medical field in the future. She enjoys playing violin with fellow musicians on campus (although virtually now!), reading, and hanging out with her dog, Snowy. 

Hannah is very excited to be a part of the LiQ team. She works on website layout and structure, submission posting, story uploading, outreach, and social media management. 

You can contact Hannah at

Elias Aceves

HRI fellow

Elias 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.

He is the Lead Coordinator for the Prisons during Pandemic Initiative & Mutual Aid Plus Relief Funds Initiative and does outreach to many organizations.

You can reach Elias at

Nicole Escalante

Nicole is a second year student at Mt. San Jacinto College, majoring in Chemistry. She loves nature and is very passionate about environmental conservation. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, gardening, and spending time with her grandparents. Nicole aims to engage communities through LiQ’s social media channels. She is excited to help give people a platform to let their voice be heard!

Ariana Davarpanah

Ariana is an incoming junior at Stanford University. She currently holds an AA-T in Political Science and an AA in Social Science from the College of San Mateo. She enjoys learning languages, travelling and shopping at thrift stores. 

Fabiana Jung

Fabiana is an undergraduate student at De Anza College majoring in Economics and Statistics. She is interested in all things related to social economics, the environment, and tech. She enjoys trying new foods (the weirder, the better!), watching the sunset, and skiing. 

You can contact Fabiana at

Karina Thiagarajan

Karina is a student at De Anza College majoring in economics and psychology. She is passionate about helping community college students through mentorship and increasing inclusion in leadership. She loves economics for the breadth and depth of the world it encompasses and strongly believes that if you ever want to change anything, starts with the incentives!

Qixuan Glede Wang

hri fellow

Qixuan, 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.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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Find Us!

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA),
Stanford University

4th floor, Wallenberg Hall (bldg. 160)
450 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305
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