Claudia Engel collaborates with students and faculty on digital research projects in the Anthropology Department, where she also has a lecturer appointment and teaches courses on GIS and Digital Methods. She has a background in data science and digital research and has authored and co-authored several publications in this area. She is also member of the Research Data Services (RDS) Division and the Center of Interdisciplinary Digital Scholarship (CIDR) at the Stanford Libraries. In that role she supports Humanities and Social Science researchers in the use of the increasing number of the Libraries' digital data repositories. Claudia currently serves on the SUL AI Steering Committee and is member of the ai4lam working group on teaching and learning AI. Claudia holds a PhD in Anthropology and a MS in Biology.

Current Role at Stanford

Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer in Anthroplogy


  • 3D Models in Anthropological Research and Teaching

    Development of a digital repository of 3D archaeological objects for research and teaching. Models will be deposited in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) for long term storage and preservation. The specimens will be made available for download and visualization for interactive exploration and manipulation.




    • Krish Seetah, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
    • Andrew Bauer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
  • Çatalhöyük Living Archive




    • Ian Hodder, Dunlevie Family Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Classics, Stanford University
    • Dominik Lukas, Anthropology
    • Karl Grossner, Technical Director, World-Historical Gazetteer, University of Pittsburgh

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  • Cigarette Citadels

    A repository and map of cigarette factories worldwide.




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Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Carpentries Instructor, The Carpentries


    Stanford, CA

2022-23 Courses

Professional Interests

The application of advanced and innovative technological approaches in social science research, including GIS, spatial and textual analysis, data mining, and machine learning .

Skills and Expertise

    Information Technology
      Academic Technology
      Artificial Intelligence (AI)
      Data Management
      Emerging Technologies
      Geographic Information System (GIS)
      Online Learning
      Research Computing
      Research Data
      Teaching Tools

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • AI Steering Committee Member, Stanford Libraries (2020 - Present)
  • Council Member, ai4lam (2021 - Present)
  • Teaching and Learning Working Group Co-chair, ai4lam (2020 - Present)

All Publications

  • Subjectivity and discoverability: an exploration with images The Rise of AI: Implications and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Libraries Coleman, N., Engel, C., Thorson, H. edited by Hervieux, S., Wheatley, A. 2022
  • Policies to influence perceptions about COVID-19 risk: The case of maps Science Advances Engel, C., Rodden, J., Tabellini, M. 2022; 8 (11)

    View details for DOI 10.1126/sciadv.abm5106

  • AI training resources for GLAM: a snapshot arXiv Darby, A., Coleman, C., Engel, C., van Strien, D., Trizna, M., Painter, Z. W. 2022
  • Spatial autocorrelation analysis and the social organization of crop and herd management at Çatalhöyük Anatolian Studies Hodder, I., Bogaard, A., Engel, C., Pearson, J., Wolfhagen, J. 2022
  • Intra-Site GIS at Çatalhöyük (2009–2017): from an Integrative and Reflexive Tool to the Living Archive Spatial Webs - Mapping and Annotating the Past Mapping Anatolian Pasts for Research and the Public Mazzucato, C., Engel, C., Lukas, D. edited by Roosevelt, C. Istanbul: Koç University Press. 2021: 57–75
  • Multi-isotope evidence of diet (carbon and nitrogen) and mobility (strontium) at Neolithic Çatalhöyük Peopling the Landscape of Çatalhöyük - Reports from the 2009–2017 seasons Pearson, J., Lamb, A., Evans, J., Engel, C., Russel, N., Sömel, M., Van Neer, W., Wouters, W. edited by Hodder, I. British Institute at Ankara. 2021: 217-244
  • "AI is not Just a Technology" - Towards an Integrated Teaching Approach to Machine Learning Proceedings from ECML-PKDD 2020, Teaching Machine Learning Workshop Coleman, N., Engel, C. 2020
  • Computer vision and image recognition in archaeology Proceedings of the Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Data Discovery and Reuse Engel, C., Magniafico, P., Isasavi, J., Luikas, D. 2019

    View details for DOI 10.1145/3359115.3359117

  • R for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge Engel, C. 2019
  • Towards a Living Archive - making multi layered research data and knowledge generation transparent Journal of Field Archaeology Lukas, D., Engel, C., Mazzucato, C. 2018; 43:sup1: S19-S30
  • Representing the Archaeological Process at Çatalhöyük in a Living Archive Assembling Çatalhöyük Engel, C., Grossner, K. Maney Publishing. 2015