Rachel Midura is a history PhD Candidate and senior graduate fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University. She is currently at work on her dissertation, "Masters of the Post: Northern Italy and the European Communications Network, 1530-1730." Rachel approaches the seventeenth century as an information age created by the printing press and the European postal network. In her research, she revisits traditional social, cultural and material historical approaches in order to incorporate twenty-first century understanding of media and social networks. She is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of historical knowledge through digital curation and annotation, as shown by work with related collaborations, such as The Galileo Correspondence and Grand Tour Projects.