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Political Science Peer Advisors 2018-19

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!

2018-2019 Peer Advisors


Emma AbdullahEmma Abdullah

Emma is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Data Science and Political Economy and Development and minors in Arabic and Spanish. She is particularly interested in political philosophy, as well as the intersections between policy and business. During her freshman summer, Emma interned at an economics-based think tank in Brussels where she was able to assess the workings of different European institutions and their impacts on banks and citizens’ trust in government, as well as on refugee resettlement in Western Europe. She also spent time working with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She spent her sophomore summer working in finance. Emma will be studying at Oxford this winter and would be happy to chat about the application process and her experiences. In her free time, Emma loves traveling, hiking, dystopian novels and TV shows, debate, looking at maps, and writing fiction. She is particularly passionate about refugee rights and works with the SAMS foundation and UNICEF. Come talk to Emma about Stanford, Political Science, or anything else on your mind!

Brickelle BroBrickelle Bro

Brickelle Bro is a senior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Data Science and International Relations and minoring in Human rights. She is interested in disability rights and hopes to become an international disability rights advocate. She was on the Varsity Swim Team her freshman year and competed in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games for Team USA. She is also the President of Power2Act, an advocacy group for students with disabilities at Stanford. Between Sophomore and Junior year Brickelle interned in the legal department of DaVita, a healthcare company. She is writing an honors thesis about what happens to disabled people during times of conflict. Brickelle has studied in every library on campus, ask her which one is her favorite! Brickelle is an avid swimmer, will read anything she can get her hands on, and loves ice cream.

Sarah GoodmanSarah Goodman

Sarah 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 Spanish and Economics. She is interested in global development and how economics and good governance work together to improve lives. This past summer she worked researching Mexico's transition to democracy at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. She also spent a summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina working at a civil rights NGO, and she is passionate about Latin American development and politics. On campus she works as a research assistant and is involved with Stanford in Government, Stanford Women in Politics, and Alpha Phi. She is an avid course planner and a strong advocate for a healthily balanced workload. Sarah has gone through the process of researching co-terms, double majors, studying abroad and deciding between majors and tracks. She would also be happy to talk through the many summer opportunities through Stanford and the ways to get funding for public service. Outside of politics, she loves baking, traveling, modern art, and event planning. Please come to her with any and all questions!

Yvonne LeeYvonne Lee

Yvonne is a senior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Political Economy and Development and Data Science. Before coming to Stanford, Yvonne spent two gap years abroad in Berlin and Taipei. Yvonne is particularly interested in US-China relations and technology policy. Her previous experience includes working at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and for Congressman Ro Khanna. Outside of school, she loves cooking, hiking, and running. She looks forward to speaking with any interested students about the different paths within Political Science!

Meredith MandaMeredith Manda

Meredith Manda is a senior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Political Economy and Development and Data Science. After spending her freshman summer as a research assistant for Dr. Jon Krosnick through the Summer Research College, she returned to work with Dr. Krosnick during her sophomore summer as the undergraduate coordinator for the Political Psychology Research Group. This summer, she worked at the Office of Management and Budget in D.C. as a SIG Fellow. On campus, Meredith is the Vice Chair of Strategic Planning for Stanford in Government and an RA. This year, Meredith is writing an honors thesis on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election; feel free to come chat with her about it! Outside of the classroom, Meredith enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and working as a debate coach at a local high school. Feel free to ask Meredith about the Political Science Honors program, Summer Research College, or anything else relating to the Political Science major or life at Stanford.

Barrett MedvecBarrett Medvec

Barrett is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Economics. Within Political Science, Barrett is particularly interested in studying fields related to the analysis of dictatorships, terrorism, and corruption and has tried to take full advantage of Stanford's upper-level and graduate-level seminars related to such areas. Over the past few summers, he has worked for a Chicago-based venture capital firm, Chicago-based startup, and a San Francisco private equity firm. Outside of class, he is a middle-school tutor for EPATT and a Vice President for BASES. Outside of school, his hobbies include skiing, adaptive volunteering, spending time with his dog, and traveling. He'd love to answer questions on upper-level seminars within the department, managing a double major, and anything else related to Political Science!

Tim MichaelTim Michael

Tim Michael is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in International Relations and Elections, Representation, and Governance. Tim is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. He spent this past summer as an undergraduate research assistant working with Professor Jon Krosnick on Political Psychology research. He is also a working with CameroonONE, a non-profit that places orphaned children in Cameroon with relatives and helps provide them a better education. Outside of his academic interests, Tim was a rush chair in his fraternity, Theta Delta Chi. Tim is also a private pilot, bagpipe player, and a big Detroit Tigers fan. Feel free to speak to Tim about anything Political Science, life, or travel-related!

Jayaram RaviJayaram Ravi

Jayaram is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. Jayaram’s trackss are in Political Economy and Development and International Relations, but he has taken classes in all of the concentrations. He has attended the Oxford and Stanford in Washington, and, in previous summers, he has interned on the Hill, the DOJ, an NGO, and a think tank. Jayaram is currently writing an honors thesis with the CDDRL Program at the Freeman Spogli Institute. He loves political TV shows, hiking, meeting new people, and talking about politics. Jayaram is excited to speak with prospective students and answer any and all questions!