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Peer Advising

Our peer advisors are Political Science majors who are passionate about the major and are available to advise prospective students.  They have all taken very different paths within the major and each of them can give you advice on what courses to take, how to fill out your declaration proposal, or even pick an advisor.  The peer advisors also hold weekly drop-in office hours, posted on our Facebook page. If you have a question you can either attend one of the drop-in sessions or email them directly for a separate meeting.  They are very willing to help both current majors and prospective students.

2016-2017 Peer Advisors

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Clemente Camacho

Clemente is a senior studying Political Science with a concentration on American Politics. He is part of the Executive Board for Stanford's Pre-Law Society and plans to attend law school after graduation. He has interned for PowerPAC Plus, a progressive political organization based in San Francisco, as well as with the City of Fremont's Finance Department. He is eager to answer any questions you may have about Political Science! 


Kayla Economou

Kayla Economou is a senior in the Research Honors Track. She is writing her thesis on asymmetry in structural power and how vulnerability may be leveraged to a state’s advantage, particularly in the context of UN climate change negotiations. Although her thesis is in the realm of International Relations, Kayla has a concentration in American Politics and has taken most of the Data Science courses, including the core 150 series. She has also provided research assistance on subjects ranging from corporate political strategies to human rights rhetoric. You can ask her more about the Data Science track, doing research, the honors program, or anything else.


Alexis Kallen

Alexis Kallen is a junior double majoring in Political Science, emphasis on Justice and Law, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is very interested in international human rights law and hopes to attend law school upon graduation. On campus, Alexis is very involved in Stanford in Government (SIG), co-chairs the Knoll Path Working Group, and will be a freshman RA in Otero this school year. Alexis has experience taking Political Science classes throughout the different concentrations and is happy to talk to anyone about any aspect of the major, double majoring, or anything else!


James Stephens

Jimmy is a senior studying Political Science and is currently writing his honor's thesis, The State of the Soldier: Analyzing the American Civil-Military Divide, for the Research Honors Program within the department. He has held internships for the California State Assembly, Department of Defense, Senatorial campaigns, and the Sunlight Foundation. He is the current ASSU Parliamentarian, an editor for the Op-Ed Section of the Stanford Daily, a student representative on the Board of Judicial Affairs, and the founder and administrator of the Phoenix Scholars Transfer Pilot Program. Jimmy, a transfer student, mentors prospective transfer students attending bay area community colleges and looks forward to helping Stanford students navigate their Political Science major or minor.


Rachael Stryer

Rachael Stryer is a junior majoring in Political Science with a focus on IR and comparative government. Rachael is a member of the Research Honors Track and has worked as a Summer Research College research assistant. She just returned from a year studying Arabic in Fez, Morocco with a Boren Scholarship. Outside of the Political Science department, Rachael is a board member for J Street U Stanford and loves running, cooking, and hiking. Feel free to reach out to Rachael with any question!