The Political Science peer advisors are current majors who are passionate about the program and available to advise prospective and current students. They have all taken very different paths within the major and each can talk about courses, the declaration process, picking a major advisor, and other opportunities within the department and the University. Peer advisors are available via email, and they hold frequent office hours and events throughout the year. They are very willing to help!
2020-2021 Peer Advisors
Molly is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Political Economy and Development and Elections, Representation and Government. She is also working on a double minor in History and the Humanities. Molly is passionate about local government and public service and is interested in understanding the role of history in understanding current political issues. She has worked for multiple political campaigns at every level of representation and has interned with her Congressman for two summers. On campus, Molly works as a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard at Stanford Recreation and Wellness and is an active member of Stanford Women in Politics and Stanford Housing Justice. Molly is excited to discuss the non-traditional paths to success and fulfillment and would be happy to talk about all things Stanford and Political Science!
Maxine (she/her) is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Elections, Representation, and Governance, and Justice and Law. Maxine is interested in how racial and ethnic inequalities manifest in government institutions, and what can be done to remediate these issues. Maxine is passionate about public service, and in her sophomore year completed the year-long AmeriCorps: JusticeCorps program providing family law assistance to low-income identifying individuals. Her future plans include attending law school and tying her interests in social justice to a future career in civil rights. She is a current member of the Junior Cabinet and the latinx group Hermanos. In her free time, Maxine loves hiking, taking naps, and hanging out with her friends. Maxine is excited to answer any questions you may have and cannot wait to meet you all!
Cole Griffiths (he/him) is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in International Relations & Elections, Representation and Governance. Cole is interested in how American foreign policy can promote democracy abroad, and how the US can leverage its security policies to combat global authoritarianism. He's also interested in the political methodology of mapping. Cole has worked for the Center for Deliberative Democracy, researched in the Political Science Research College analyzing public opinion in the Arab Gulf, and he currently works as a remote mapping intern for the State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit. Cole's excited to help students discover all the major has to offer. He's happy to chat int'l & American politics, class recs, and research opportunities.
Diana is a junior double majoring in both Communication and Political Science with tracks in Elections, Representation, and Governance and Data Science. Diana plans to pursue a coterminal degree in Media Studies before heading to law school. As a first-generation low-income (FLI) student, she is particularly interested in social and economic policy. For the past few years, Diana has continuously worked two jobs on campus, one as a Development and External Relations Admin for the Graduate School of Business and the other as a research assistant for the Political Psychology Research Group. During her summers, she has continued these jobs, as well as participated in the Political Science Summer Research College (SRC). On campus, Diana works as a social media admin for the Stanford Daily, volunteers for the High School Support Initiative, and independently researches and writes about admissions policies of FLI students at elite institutions. For fun, Diana loves dancing, going out, binge-watching shows, and cooking. Diana is excited to answer questions about time management, research opportunities, on-campus jobs, double majoring, the coterminal degree process, or anything related to Political Science, so don’t be afraid to reach out!
Michal is a senior double majoring in Economics and Political Science with tracks in Political Economy & Development and in Data Science. He is also part of the Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies(FSI). Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Michal is interested in comparative public policy, international political economy and computational social science, and loves to work in international and interdisciplinary environments. Michal spent this past summer as a Data Science for Social Good Fellow, using statistical modeling and natural language processing to help Brazilian prosecutors better target human trafficking investigations. Previously, he completed internships on the investment team of Stanford Management Company and at the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as a Youth Delegate of Poland to the United Nations during his gap year before coming to Stanford. On campus, he worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Francis Fukuyama and Prof. Larry Diamond, served on the ASSU Undergraduate Senate, as an Economics Peer Advisorand as a Resident Assistant in Soto, and also spent his sophomore winter at Oxford. Michal would love to talk to you about anything related to double majoring, studying abroad, experiencing Stanford as an international student, doing research on campus, connecting with faculty, taking courses at Stanford Law School, and beyond!
Zecheng is a senior in Political Science, with tracks in Political Economy and Development, and Data Science. He enjoys studying the intricacies of comparative politics, both through qualitative frameworks and quantitative methodologies. He’s conducted field research in rural China through FSI’s Rural Education Action Program; got acquainted with social entrepreneurship at Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto as a Philanthropy Fellow from the Haas Center; interned at the World Bank through Stanford in Washington; joined a social start-up as a product manager in his gap year back home. He’s excited to chat about finding good classes (POLISCI and beyond) and figuring out an impact-driven career.
Alisha is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Justice and Law and Political Economy and Development and minoring in Human Rights. She is interested in the intersection between human rights and government, particularly on issues of poverty and inequality, and hopes to become a human rights lawyer. Alisha took time off her sophomore spring to intern at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, where she focused on human rights defender protections in Asia, and monitored Human Rights Council sessions. This past summer, she worked on blasphemy laws and discrimination at the Indonesian Institute for an Independent Judiciary in Jakarta. She will be doing a tutorial on International Human Rights Law at Oxford this fall and would love to chat about her experiences in the program. On campus, Alisha served as the President of Stanford Students for Housing Justice and works at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice as a Student Assistant. Outside of school, she loves hiking and reading ethnographies. Come chat with Alisha about anything Political Science or about designing your own path at Stanford!