Staff

  • Amy Hillier

    Amy Hillier

    Amy is the project director for Mapping the Du Bois Philadelphia Negro. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches for the Urban Studies, Master of Urban Spatial Analytics, School Work, and Public Health programs. Her prior historical research focused on mortgage redlining in Philadelphia during the 1930s – 1950s. She is also involved in GIS-based research on the impact of the environment on obesity and other health outcomes. She was introduced to The Philadelphia Negro in 1998 in Elijah Anderson’s Urban Ethnography class, while in graduate school at Penn’s School of Social Work, and learned about GIS by working at the Cartographic Modeling Lab. When she is not thinking about maps and cities, Amy enjoys playing with her son and other children, baking, fixing up her Victorian-era house in West Philadelphia, and walking or biking around the city.

  • Stephanie Boddie

    Stephanie Boddie

    Dr. Stephanie Boddie is the Oral History Director for the Mapping Du Bois project, a Senior Fellow, Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society and Visiting Scholar, Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Brandon Gollotti

    Brandon Gollotti

    Brandon graduated from Masterman High School and now attends the University of Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. At Masterman, Brandon was a member of the chapter of National Honors Society, participated in the student government, and played hockey (goalie). Here at Penn, he made the club ice hockey team right away and became an Urban Studies major. He studied in London during the fall semester in 2008. Brandon has collected data about contagious disease (“consumption,” now known has tuberculosis) and health newspaper clippings. He found the newspaper articles about anti-spitting campaigns to be particularly interesting. He has also helped with the documentary and board game.

  • Haftom Khasai

    Haftom Khasai

    Haftom is a senior at West Philadelphia Catholic High School. During his sophomore year, he worked on a documentary about William F. Friedman, a cryptologist during WWI and WWII, with classmate Malik Neal. They won the gold medal in the documentary category at Philadelphia's National History Day competition and represented Philadelphia at the state competition held at Penn State University. Malik met Amy Hillier there and agreed that he and Haftom would work on a documentary for the Mapping Du Bois project. The documentary will try to give its audience a better understanding of who Du Bois was and what he did while remaining somewhat concise. In addition to filming and video editing, Haftom enjoys running (he completed the Philadelphia Marathon in 2008) and playing the cello. He plans to major in international affairs and study Arabic in college.

  • Malik Neal

    Malik Neal

    Malik is a senior at West Philadelphia Catholic High School. During his sophomore year, he worked on a documentary about William F. Friedman, a cryptologist during WWI and WWII, with classmate Haftom Khasai. They won the gold medal in the documentary category at Philadelphia's National History Day competition and represented Philadelphia at the state competition held at Penn State University. Malik met Amy Hillier there and agreed that he and Haftom would work on a documentary for the Mapping Du Bois project. Malik is very politically active and is a champion debater. During the summer of 2008, he debated as Abraham Lincoln in the finals of the “Now Debate This” contest against a fellow participant who argued for George Washington.

  • Michelle Rajunov

    Michelle Rajunov

    Michelle is a Design Engineer, currently focusing on web design and development projects. She graduated from UPenn in 2008. An avid fencer, occasional runner, rock climber, cycler, and extreme sports enthusiast, she unfortunately spends most of her time in front of a computer screen, either programming or designing, or shopping online for the least expensive espresso makers and drum sets.

  • W.E.B. Du Bois

    W.E.B. DuBois

    W.E.B. Du Bois is the focus of this project, as it is based on his research and findings. Even though he appears sepia-toned most of the time, his humor is colorful and fun. Overall he's an approachable guy, or well... was... because he did live 150 years ago, so we're pretty sure he's not alive anymore. But feel free to learn more about him and his project, The Philadelphia Negro.

  • Rachel Chandler

    Rachel Chandler

    Rachel graduated from the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn in 2008. She worked on the Du Bois project as an intern for her second year MSW field placement. Her work on the project combined her interest in community activism, public health and mapping. Specifically, she developed curriculum materials relating to the Du Bois project, for middle-school children, for use with an after-school program. She currently works full time at the Penn’s School of Nursing as a clinical abstractor for Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology. When she is not at work, she enjoys working on crafty projects.

  • Duncan Cooper

    Duncan Cooper

    Duncan is a senior Cities major at Haverford College. He is an unknown DJ and an unsuccessful concert promoter. He runs an unpopular website about popular music, designs flyers and websites, plays hockey, and aspires to be a well known DJ, a popular author, flyer designer, and athlete. Duncan worked on the Mapping Du Bois project during the summer of 2008 through the Haverford Humanities Center. He spent most of his time designing a game board and ideas for game cards for the “Seventh Ward Struggle” board game.

  • Chelsea Biemiller

    Chelsea Biemiller

    Chelsea worked on the Mapping Du Bois project when she was a senior at Eastern Camden County Regional High School in Vorhees, New Jersey. She has helped with reviewing the 1900 U.S. Census data. She is interested in psychology and sociology, and hopes to pursue these interests in college starting in the fall of 2007.

  • Mari Christmas

    Mari Christmas

    Mari graduated in 2007 from Haverford College where she studied philosophy and Spanish. Her hobbies include drawing, sketching, painting, baking, and spending time with her friends. She worked on the Mapping Du Bois project during the summer of 2006 through the Haverford Humanities Center. She was particularly interested in the political contemporary issues of the Du Bois project but also enjoyed looking up historical information for the board game. She also created a walking tour brochure for the Seventh Ward.

  • Julie Donofrio

    Julie Donofrio

    Julie graduated in 2007 with a dual master's degree in City Planning and Historic Preservation at PennDesign, focusing on urban design. Julie has a bachelor's degree in History and Spanish from Wake Forest University. In her graduate studies, Julie's focus was the integration of the historic built environment into current planning strategies. Her work on the Mapping Du Bois project focused on translating historic resources and data into graphics and other digital formats. She is currently working for EDAW, a California-based architecture and environment consulting company.

  • Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher

    Eric is an interaction designer for the web. He graduated in 2008 from Penn's Digital Media and Design program. He served as the programmer/co-designer for the Mapping Du Bois website from 2006-2008. Aside from web design and development, Eric loves improvisational comedy, cartoons, piano and magic

  • Anne Garcia

    Anne Garcia

    Anne graduated with a master of social work degree from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice in 2007. She had her second year field placement with the Mapping Du Bois project and served as our public outreach coordinator. She worked closely on our efforts to have a mural of Du Bois at 6th and Rodman Streets but also helped host our open house events, and collect 1900 U.S. Census data. She started to develop an idea for an after-school program focused on Du Bois that we hope to have funded through grants eventually. Anne is from Texas and the founder and president of the Latino Social Workers group at the School of Social Policy & Practice. She currently works as a bilingual social worker in Washington DC.

  • Shimrit Keddem

    Shimrit Keddem

    Shimrit is a graduate of Penn’s Master of Urban Spatial Analytics program and the manager of the Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies. Prior to attending Penn’s MUSA program, Shimrit worked in public health research at hospitals in the US and Canada. It was her interest in mapping and analyzing health data that brought her to the Mapping Du Bois Project. Her primary role in this project was to manage the final linking of census data with parcel information. In her spare time, Shimrit rescues feral and stray cats in her neighborhood in West Philadelphia.

  • Kelly Porter

    Kelly Porter

    Kelly graduated from PennDesign’s Department of City and Regional Planning in May 2008.  He is from Fort Wirth, Texas but has quickly come to love his new home, Philadelphia. For the Mapping Du Bois project, Kelly worked on cleaning the 1900 U.S. Census data, locating historical photographs, and researching definitions of 19th century jobs and illnesses.Kelly graduated from PennDesign’s Department of City and Regional Planning in May 2008.  He is from Fort Wirth, Texas but has quickly come to love his new home, Philadelphia. For the Mapping Du Bois project, Kelly worked on cleaning the 1900 U.S. Census data, locating historical photographs, and researching definitions of 19th century jobs and illnesses.

  • Kristina Vagen

    Kristina Vagen

    Kristina graduated from Penn’s Master of City Planning program in May 2008. She has experience working in research as well as in many facets of affordable housing development. She has held internships with Monarch Housing Associates, a supportive housing development consultant, the New Brunswick Housing Authority, AvalonBay Communities, and the Fair Share Housing Center. She has also worked as a GIS research assistant for the UPenn School of Medicine’s Dept of Epidemiology & Biostatistics working specifically with violence statistics and behavioral patterns of inner city youth. Her interests include innovative affordable housing development, community responsive planning, and urban revitalization. Kristina joined the Du Bois Research team in January of 2007 to help manage the historical public health data and continue her work in epidemiology, history, and GIS. She was born and raised in Monmouth County, NJ. In May of 2006 she graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies from Rutgers Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning.

  • Eric Augenbraun

    Eric Augenbraun

    Eric graduated from Masterman High School in 2006 and is currently attending Penn. He is interested in history, sociology, and urban studies. He does not yet know what career he would like to pursue, but he knows that he would like a career. Eric also has an interest in African American History, and thanks to his 12th grade course in the subject, he was introduced to Du Bois and The Philadelphia Negro. Eric specialized in collecting 1900 U.S. Census data for the project during the summer of 2006. While some may find the careful examination of countless census records boring and tedious, Eric approaches the task with vigor and enthusiasm. Says Eric: “Take the adrenaline rush you would get from bungee jumping from a moving helicopter and multiply it by 10,000. That’s how the census makes me feel.” Eric also collected data on contagious disease, documenting just who had scarlet fever in 1897, and death records during the summer of 2007.

  • Jaamal Benjamin

    Jaamal Benjamin

    Jaamal is a Graphic Designer and a student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He worked for the Cartographic Modeling Lab and designed some of the graphics and logo for the Mapping Du Bois project. In addition to Art & Design, Jaamal loves dancing and is a member of Breaks Kru and Olive Dance Theatre.

  • Sarah Bertozzi

    Sarah Bertozzi

    Sarah graduated from Penn (Urban Studies major) in May 2006. She worked on the Mapping Du Bois project during the spring of her senior year and was instrumental in setting up the system for collecting the 1900 U.S. Census data. Sarah also had the opportunity to help present the project to the students at Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. During the summer of 2006, Sarah worked on the project from her home in Boston, doing research on other digital history projects, potential funding opportunities, and Victorian wallpaper. She also worked to input data from the 1896 Bromley map into the GIS parcel-base. Sarah regretted having to leave the project, but Harvard Law School was calling her.

  • Regina Celestin

    Regina Celestin

    Regina graduated in 2007 from PennDesign’s Department of City and Regional Planning. She worked full-time during the summer of 2006 at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, but she worked during evenings and weekends to help us collect the 1900 U.S. Census data. With a concentration in community and economic development, Regina intends to develop housing in low-income urban areas. Her interests include residential racial segregation, homelessness, international issues of poverty and shelter, and the affects of the built environment on children. She joined the Du Bois Research Group because of her interest in the history of Philadelphia's black population and a previous experience as a research assistant for a race and social justice lab at her undergraduate institution. Regina was born and raised in Richmond, California. A 2005 graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Philadelphia is her first place of residence outside of California's Bay Area.

  • Benjamin Cromie

    Benjamin Cromie

    Benjamin graduated from Penn’s School of Design in May 2006 with a master’s degree in city planning where he focused on his favorite issues in planning: transportation, equitable development, urban design, and the death and life of Philadelphia. Before planning school, he worked for six years producing theatre and opera in the Greater Philadelphia area. For the Du Bois project, Ben created new GIS maps of old Philadelphia, collected ward data, and explored the impact of African American caterers in Philadelphia’s economy and society. In his effort to keep one foot in West Philadelphia’s cultural community, Ben performed the role of Sir Toby Belch for Shakespeare in Clark Park’s production of Twelfth Night in August 2006. He currently works for Econsult in Philadelphia.

  • Tim Golden

    Tim Golden

    Tim graduated from Haverford College in May 2007 where he studied History and German. He came to Penn and the Mapping Du Bois project through an internship program from the Hurford Humanities Center at Haverford. He collected 1900 U.S. Census data and conducted a wide range of research at the Pennsylvania Historical Society. His research on James Stemmons, a prominent African American journalist and newspaper publisher during Du Bois’ era, led to a senior history thesis topic. Tim became interested in American history using an African America optic through his junior year classes with Paul Jefferson. The Mapping Du Bois project extended his understanding of race in America after Reconstruction. Tim ran (lived) for the Haverford track and cross country teams, enjoys bad jokes, used to play guitar, and grew up in Horsham, PA, about 40 minutes from Center City.

  • Anna Holster

    Anna Holster

    Anna graduated with an M.S.W. from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice in May 2006. She collected 1900 U.S. Census data for us during the summer of 2006, and she was darn good at it! The majority of her research outside the Mapping Du Bois project has focused on institutional racism within the penal and judicial system. She has worked as a data and policy analyst and has been involved in two published research projects, one a six-year comparative survey of the economic prospects of gang members. Anna has a beautiful daughter, Janae. She is currently the executive director of the Center for Inquiry in Washington, DC.

  • Jordane Jolley

    Jordane Jolley

    Jordane completed her master’s in social work at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice in 2007. Her second year field placement was with the Veteran’s Hospital and she hopes to pursue a career in hospice care. Jordan collected 1900 U.S. Census data for the project and researched how Philadelphians perceived lynching during the late 1900s.

  • Josiah Neiderbach

    Josiah Niederbach

    Josiah graduated from Penn (B.A. in Urban Studies) in May 2006 and immediately enrolled in Penn's Masters of City Planning program in the School of Design. On the Mapping Du Bois project, he collected 1900 U.S. census data, studied the history of black sports in Philadelphia, and researched various other primary sources. One of his proudest discoveries was a series of newspaper articles about the collection of the Census from June, 1900 including one about the firing of two drunk census enumerators. As a former member of the Penn Pep Band, Josiah knows all the words to Penn’s fight songs. He is also an avid baseball fan. Upon graduating from Penn’s MCP program, Josiah began work as a planner in New York City.

  • Cathy Rossetti

    Cathy Rossetti

    Cathy is a full time IT Project Manager in the pharmaceutical industry. She graduated from Penn’s Historic Preservation program in May 2008. She also has degrees in Communications and Information Systems from Syracuse and Drexel Universities, respectively. On the Mapping Du Bois project, Cathy used her background in multimedia design/development and information systems and her interest in architectural history and preservation to focus on a small section of the overall Du Bois study area (which will forever been known as "the Rossetti Study Area"). Her goal was to contribute information on the physical environment in which the Du Bois study subjects lived to the social and cultural data being gathered by the team. Cathy’s work documenting the architecture and floor plans for buildings in the area at the turn of the 19th Century will serve as the basis of our future 3D GIS work.

  • Heidi Smith

    Heidi Smith

    Heidi is from Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Haverford College in 2007 where she was an English major with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a minor in History of Art. She has an avid interest in socioeconomic class issues in 19th and 20th century U.S media, culture and art, subjects she intends to pursue through a master’s degree in American Studies, and then continue into social work. Mapping the Philadelphia Negro gave her an exciting chance to do research from primary sources, and unearth a few of the voices of ordinary people who lived in Philadelphia at the end of the 19th century, using newspapers and court case testimonies.

  • Sherry Taylor

    Sherry Taylor

    Sherry graduated in 2007 from PennDesign’s Department of City and Regional Planning where she help create a Black Student Alliance. She attended Rutgers University where she obtained a B.A. in Urban Studies. She also took visual arts classes and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. Sherry is interested in African art, economic development, and raising awareness about minorities in the design professions. Her interests also include improving the lives of disadvantaged or minority communities in urban and rural areas. In the future she would like to conduct research on economic development in the rural south. Her work on the Mapping Du Bois project focused primarily on African-American churches in the Old Seventh Ward and their community development functions. Churches during the late nineteenth century often financed activities that are currently provided by non-profit or community development corporations. Sherry currently works in North Carolina as a planner.

  • Lora Travis

    Lora Travis

    Lora graduated from Masterman High School in 2006 and is currently a student at Princeton University here she hopes to study at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She began work on the Du Bois project after Amy Hillier presented to her 12th grade African-American History class on GIS and The Philadelphia Negro and asked if any students would be interested in working on the project over the summer. Her area of study has been black churches in Philadelphia before, during, and after Du Bois' research. She has conducted this research with Sherry Taylor. During the summer of 2006 when she worked on the Du Bois project, Lora split her time with us and Drexel University where she worked as an intern for the International Areas Studies Department.

  • Peggy Wu

    Peggy Wu

    Peggy was among the very first graduates of Penn’s Masters in Urban Spatial Analytics program, completing her degree in August 2006. Upon graduation, she moved on to full-time work with The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia. For the Mapping Du Bois project, she digitized the parcel layer, the foundation for our property-level GIS, using the 1895 Bromley fire insurance map. In her honor, these will forever be known as “Peggy’s Parcels.” Being involved with this project provided Peggy with an opportunity to learn about African American history as well as the city of Philadelphia. She enjoys learning and challenging herself with doing things that have not been done before. Her current hobbies are swimming, rock climbing and traveling. Peggy currently works for The Reinvestment Fund.

  • Ben Berman

    Ben Berman

    Ben graduated from Penn in 2006 with a double major in Urban Studies and History. He was the first student to work on the Mapping Du Bois project, teaming up with project director, Amy Hillier, for the spring 2004 Undergraduate Urban Research Course offered through Penn’s Institute for Urban Research. During that semester, Ben collected and mapped the first blocks of 1900 U.S. Census data as a pilot for the larger project. Amy integrated this work into the successful grant application to the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) the following fall. Ben is now living in San Francisco where he works for The Concord Group, a consulting firm that conducts economic and land use analyses for the real estate development industry.

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