Rocco Bowman is a doctoral student under the advisement of Dr. Karl Ryavec. Rocco’s work is focused on the attributes and consequences of space as it relates to world history and social complexity. This research exhibits interdisciplinarity by engaging textual, archival, and geospatial data interpreted and presented through narrative and visualization. Rocco recently finished a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship in which he collaborated with the Downtown Neighborhood Organization and members of the Muir Wood neighborhood to work towards a historical identity and a way forward to bargaining power with City Hall. He is also wrapping up a co-authored paper with Dr. Rowena Gray on the socio-economic geography of Manhattan rents between 1880 and 1910. Rocco also regularly works at the Merced County Courthouse Museum where he got a start as a volunteer. Since 2014, Rocco has helped produce many exhibits, give talks, and publish stories on community history. He is currently researching the history of pre-modern Central Eurasian borderlands, climate change, and interstate relations. Rocco enjoys cooking, exercising, and reading about the rise and fall of the ancient Roman Republic.