Peer Advising

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 Campbell

mollycam@stanford.edu

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!

 

Maria Gomez

Maxine Gomez

gomaxine@stanford.edu

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

Cole Griffiths

colegrif@stanford.edu

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 Jordan

Diana Jordan

dianajor@stanford.edu

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!

 

Nicolas Rodriguez

Nicolas Rodriguez

nicorod@stanford.edu

Nico is a senior majoring in Political Science with concentrations in Data Science and International Relations. He is also double minoring in Data Science and History. Nico loves exploring the hybrid realm of social policy and data, conducting environmental research first at the Hoover Institution and currently at the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab. Growing up an expat, he hopes to return to international life soon, using his technical skills and qualitative analysis to assist local governments and organizations with sound, data-based solutions to modern problems. On campus, Nico is part of the Stanford Cartographic Society, leading R-based coding workshops for those interested in data, graphics, and statistical analysis. He also plays for Stanford’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team and is part of the Christian ministry Reformed University Fellowship. Nico is thrilled to meet both current and prospective members of Stanford’s Political Science community, and would love to talk to students interested in pursuing both STEM and the humanities here at Stanford! 

 

Jose Sabau

José Sabau

jlsabau@stanford.edu

José is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in International Relations and Justice and Law, who is also pursuing a minor in Economics. He is interested in political theory, the developing world, and how journalism intersects with government. In the future, José hopes to start a career in academia, public service, or journalism back in his native Mexico. He spent most of last summer working as a news reporter for the Mexican Editorial Organization writing about the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic and government institutions. In the past, José has worked as a research assistant for the Political Science Department and served as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Stanford’s Basic Income Lab. On campus he is also a contributor to The Stanford Sphere and vice president of Stanford Speakers Bureau. Outside academics, José is a fan of literature, specially of the works of Gabriel García Márquez. He is excited to help you approach the political science department and discover the fascinating world of politics!

 

Michal Skreta

Michal Skreta

michal.skreta@stanford.edu

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 annatural language processing to help Brazilian prosecutors better target human trafficking investigations. Previously, he completed internshipon the investment team of Stanford Management Companand 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 OxfordMichal 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!

 

Zac Stoor

Zac Stoor

zacstoor@stanford.edu

Zac (he/him) is a junior majoring in Political Science with tracks in Elections, Representation, and Governance and Justice and Law. He is also working towards minors in International Relations, European Studies, Modern Languages, and German. Zac is interested in state and local politics in the US, especially with regards to rural issues, as well as international organizations and governance. At Stanford, he is the Director of Fellowships and Stipends Logistics with Stanford in Government. Outside of school he has worked on campaigns for state legislative and US Senate campaigns, on the board of a history museum, and as a waiter in a local diner back in his hometown in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Outside of politics, Zac is passionate about language learning, maps, and doing anything outdoors! Come and talk with him about making the most of your time at Stanford and shaping the Political Science major and minor to your interests! He looks forward to meeting you!

 

Zecheng Wang

Zecheng Wang

zechengw@stanford.edu

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 Zhao

Alisha Zhao

alishaz@stanford.edu

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!