Herodotus Journal

Herodotus is a student-run publication founded in 1986 by 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 completed at Stanford Department of History. Contributions are selected through a rigorous, supportive peer review process.



Lauren Selden
herodotusjournal [at] gmail.com

Lauren is a senior majoring in History with a focus on Europe pre-1700 and minoring in Classics. She is particularly interested in the history and literature of medieval religion, especially the practice of pilgrimage. At Stanford, she is an RA and a History Department peer advisor. In her free time, she enjoys going on walking pilgrimages, baking, and re-reading her favorite novels.

Managing Editor

Baird Johnson 

As a junior history major, Baird is immersed in the Atlantic World of the late eighteenth century - specifically the political and philosophical origins of American Democracy. He hails from New York City, is a member of Stanford in Government and the Stanford Running Club, has traveled to all fifty states and hopes to visit all sixty-three National Parks.

Staff Editor

Mike Carragee

Mike Carragee is a Senior studying History and International Relations, particularly the History of US foreign policy. Outside of academics, he spends a lot of time in the water: swimming, playing water polo, and occasionally sailing or scuba diving. On land, he spends entirely too much time on his Xbox. He finds writing in the third person deeply alienating.

Section Editor

Jessica Femenias

Jessica Femenias (she/her) is a senior studying history and philosophy, with interest in cultural theory, cultural/intellectual history, and Latin America. She is preparing an honors thesis for the history department on syncretic Caribbean religions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Contact: femenias [at] stanford.edu.

Section Editor

Grace Sperber

Grace is a history and chemistry double major whose jam is medieval and intellectual history. You can find her making Celtic knots from 6th century illuminated manuscripts out of twizzlers, reading about church controversies or studying immigration records. Her current research focuses on the material meaning of the constitution in the 1780s and the insight it provides into an alternative heritage of American fundamental law. She also works with expressing history in an interactive and digital medium through GIS mapping and data-based software. When not doing history, Grace is on the Stanford Kendo team.