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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.


Novia Liu
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Novia is a senior history major with a concentration in the American Founding Era. She hopes to understand how different conceptions of government shaped the creation and early interpretation of the United States Constitution. In between taking classes and reading the ratification debates, Novia serves as a History Peer Advisor and rides for the Stanford Equestrian Team. Back home near Seattle, she can be found cooking up new recipes for family and friends.

Managing 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.

Managing Editor

Evan Ludington

Evan is a sophomore majoring in history and minoring in earth systems. His favorite historical topic is the environmental history of the 19th century, and he’s particularly interested in the Pacific region. A San Diego native, he’s also interested in maritime history. Outside of class, he's a student guide at the Cantor museum, plays trombone for the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, and loves hiking, especially in places with abnormally large trees.

Section Editor & Social Chair

Ryan Beyer

Ryan is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in history. He enjoys taking classes which engage in international histories and recommends “History of the International System” to all Stanford students. His favourite topic to explore is communist history and he has conducted research on the Stalin regime and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. He is originally from California but grew up in London and Singapore. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, watch baseball, and plan road trips to the national parks.

Section Editor

Anna Moller

Anna is a senior from Los Angeles studying history and political science. Her academic interests center around the medieval era, with a specific focus on the development of Christianity and interreligious interactions in Europe. Beyond her studies and occasional attempts at learning Latin, Anna works as a history peer advisor and enjoys hiking, backpacking, playing tennis, and exploring new neighborhoods in San Francisco and LA.

Section Editor & Layout Editor

Kastella Nguyen

Kastella is a sophomore studying History with a concentration on race and ethnicity and a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). She has a particular interest in the intersection of race and ethnicity in the United States. When she is not studying, Kastella likes to explore different restaurants in the Bay Area and meeting new people.

Staff Editor & Social Chair

Niloufar Davis

Nilou is a junior majoring in History and Political Science. She has a particular interest in the intersection between gender and labor histories in colonial and post-colonial states. Outside of class, you can find her going to thrift stores around the Bay, reading, and trying out new vegetarian food.

Staff Editor

Ruosong Gao

Ruosong is a sophomore majoring in math and history, with a special focus on colonial, revolutionary and early America. In fact, he likes history almost as much as chilling in the woods, or improvising songs on the piano.