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Herodotus Journal

Herodotus is a student-run publication founded in 1986 by the Stanford University Department of History and the History Undergraduate Student Association (HUGSA). It bears the name of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, the 5th century BCE historian of the Greco-Persian Wars. His Histories, which preserve the memory of the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, were written so that “human achievements may not become forgotten in time, and great and marvelous deeds . . . may not be without their glory.” Likewise, this journal is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the best undergraduate work of Stanford University’s Department of History. Our published pieces are selected through a process of peer review.

As a final note, Herodotus’ volume numbering system erroneously begins at 1990 rather than at 1986. We have, however, chosen to retain the existing numbering system for the sake of continuity.



Peter Thomas

Peter is a senior majoring in history, on the interdisciplinary History, Philosophy and the Arts track, who finds writing about himself in the third person deeply alienating. His interests center on the intellectual history of early modern Europe, especially the history of political thought. He is currently writing an honors thesis on the reception of Aristotelian political ideas in the England of Elizabeth I. When not historically engaged, he enjoys exercise, buying things he probably doesn't need, and playing and talking about Final Fantasy


Managing Editor:

Elizabeth Lindqwister

Liz (she/her) is a senior history major from Peoria, Illinois. She enjoys studying all things early America, particularly gender and religious histories, and is currently writing a thesis about the Public Universal Friend. Outside of her historical pursuits, Liz enjoys working at The Stanford Daily, playing piano, and raising her plant family. 

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Section Editors:

Arman Kassam

I’m a third-year History major and Anthropology minor from Durham, North Carolina. I captain Basmati Raas, a traditional Indian dance team on campus, and also work for the Markaz, a community center for students from the Muslim world. I probably spend most of my time thinking about cartography and would love to talk to you about the history of maps, the history of borders, and, really, the history of anything that centers on place and space. Right now, I believe my two favorite people are Montaigne and Technoblade. I once dug up human remains on an archaeological dig and thought that was a transformative experience. I have two dogs, and one of them sleeps upside-down.

Ayesha Pasha

Ayesha is a senior majoring in the History and Law track from Washington, D.C., by way of Tokyo, Japan, and Aberdeen, Scotland. She is especially interested in the history of race, ethnicity, and nationalism, and is currently writing an honors thesis on the development of Evangelical Christianity amongst enslaved populations in 19th-century Virginia. At Stanford, she is also a member of the mock trial team, Everyday People a cappella, and a peer advisor for the History department