Students

Victoria Bianchi (Visiting Student from University of York, History, England) is working with Professor Shaw on compiling and analysing medieval English lodgings, monasteries, hospitals, and inns, the  Mapping Accommodation project.

Dominic Frank Brown (Wesleyan, History and Gov, Class of 2018) is working as a research assistant with Gary Shaw on his “Travelling to the Future” project.

Connor Cobb (Wesleyan, History, Class of 2018) has spent 2016-2017 working with Prof. Torgerson and Nadja Shannon-Dabek on the Reimagining Constantinople project. As a Spring 2017 Teaching Assistant he is helping to supervize the integration of this database into the project-based course, Constantinople: from Rome to Istanbul.

Caroline Diemer (Wesleyan, College of Letters, Class of 2018) is working with Prof. Torgerson on the Geography and Narrative in the Chronicle of Theophanes project. Caroline has been working to explore the analytical possibilities of the new linked data annotation tool, Recogito. She will continue this work as a Research Assistant in Summer 2017.

Kelly Kong  (Wesleyan, History & Data Analysis Minor, Class of 2019) is working with Professor Shaw on curating bishop’s itineraries for inclusion on GitHub. She has worked in the lab for two years.

Elizaveta Kravchenko (Wesleyan, Class of 2019) was a Quantitative Analysis Summer Apprentice (2016) working with Gary Shaw on the Database of Medieval Mobility. In 2016-2017 she worked on communication networks as represented by letter collections. This year she is working on preparing the lab for some migration to GitHub in collaboration with Professor Franklin-Lyons.

Nathan Krieger (Wesleyan, College of Letters, Class of 2020) is working with Prof. Torgerson on the Geography and Narrative in the Chronicle of Theophanes project. Nathan has been working to explore the analytical possibilities of the new linked data annotation tool, Recogito. He will continue this work as a Research Assistant in Summer 2017.

Stephanie Ling (Wesleyan, Mathematics and minor in Data Analysis, Class of 2016) has been working with David Gary Shaw using Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to develop methods and techniques to visualize and analyze the movement of bishops throughout Medieval England. In addition to her work in the Traveler’s Lab, Stephanie works as both a GIS and course assistant for Wesleyan’s Quantitative Analysis Center. Following her graduation in May 2016, Stephanie travelled to Europe before moving to Washington D.C. in the fall to join Booz Allen Hamilton. She and Professor Shaw still hope to publish their article on Episcopal mobility.

Brendan McGlone (Wesleyan, College of Letters, Classics, Medieval Studies, Class of 2018) is working with Professor Shaw on the Episcopal Travel in England project.

Melissa Mischell (Wesleyan, Mathematics and minor in Data Analysis, Class of 2017) has been working with Professor Shaw using Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Friars Settlement Project and to visualize and analyze the movement of Parliament members.

Lydia Nuhfer (Marlboro College, Biology and History, Class of 2020)  Her primary interests include phylogenetics, the intersections of scientific and travel history, cartography, and early modern European botany.  Lydia has worked extensively compiling data and creating visualizations for the Itineraries Project.

Natasha Nurjadin (Wesleyan, History and Earth & Environmental Science, Class of 2018) worked with Professor Gary Shaw in mapping the movements of aristocratic nobility. This includes the movements of John of Gaunt, the king’s uncle in the fourteenth century and notable aristorcratic women.

Claire O’Pray (Marlboro College, Psychology and History of Medicine, Class of 2020) is currently focusing on critiques of the medical model of mental illness and using historical case studies of mentally ill people to explore the foundations of current systems of care.  She has worked creating data and statistical analysis methods for the Itineraries Project

Jonathan Oh (Wesleyan, Class of 2019) is working on the Mapping Accommodation project with Professor Shaw.

Maia Reumann-Moore (Wesleyan, History, Class of 2018) worked with Professor Gary Shaw on the Friars Settlement project. As a 2016 Quantitative Analysis Summer Apprentice she is attempted to reexamine existing narratives about friars and friaries in medieval England through GIS mapping and spatial analysis. In 2016, she has worked on this project by developing our database of monastic sites for integration into our GIS data.

Avellana Ross (Marlboro College, Class of 2019) worked on both the Aragonese Royal Itineraries project as well as the Datini Letters project through the Marlboro Digital History Seminar in the spring of 2017. She checked Datini data and helped prepare the work for mapping as well as research for the itineraries project.

Nadja Shannon-Dabek (Wesleyan, Religion and English, Class of 2017) has worked with Prof. Torgerson and Connor Cobb on the Reimagining Constantinople project through the GIS Apprenticeship program. In Spring 2017 she is a course assistant, helping to oversee the integration of this database into the project-based course, Constantinople: from Rome to Istanbul.

Kaitlyn Thomas-Franz (Wesleyan, History, Class of 2020) has worked with Professor Franklin-Lyons on mapping and analysing from a network perspective the spread of anti-semitic riots in fourteenth-century Spain and is currently working with Professor Shaw on the communication and travel networks of the fifteenth-century English Cely family.

Ethan Yaro (Wesleyan, College of Letters and German Studies, Class of 2017) worked with Prof. Torgerson as a Summer 2016 Research Assistant on the Geography and Narrative in the Chronicle of Theophanes project. He developed a method for encoding the chronicle’s geographic referents with the textual analysis tool MaxQDA. He will continue this encoding, and begin developing analytical models, with a Summer 2017 Quantitative Analysis Apprenticeship.