Peer Advisors

Peer advisors are History undergraduates who serve as a resource for questions about the major or minor, departmental resources and policies, and community events. 

Sophie Callcott

EMAIL:  callcott [at] 

OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm at CoHo. 

Sophie is a junior from San Mateo, California. She is majoring in history with an interest in the history of the early- and mid-Middle Ages and the relationships between different religious groups in Eurasia. She is also minoring in archaeology (and went on a dig summer 2021!) and is particularly interested in the ways in which archaeology can advance the study of history. Outside of the history department, Sophie can be found with the Society for International Affairs at Stanford, reading anything interesting she’s gotten her hands on (Russian classic literature is wayyy more interesting than you might think), on a hike, or baking something new!


Shannon Gifford

EMAIL:ewenokur [at] ( )sgifford [at]

OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm in Building 200, Room 106 (History Undergrad Lounge).

Shannon is a senior from Seattle, Washington, studying history, creative writing, and archaeology—an eclectic mix that reflects a broader interest in storytelling. She is interested in the application of such storytelling to public education, whether this be through interpretive trail signs, museums, maps, or digital humanities resources. She has worked on 19th-20th-century Washington state local histories but also loves learning about global exchanges of the early modern world. Shannon can often be found running or swimming, assisting a project at CESTA, or wandering campus while plotting story ideas.

Baird Johnson

EMAIL: bvj37 [at] 

As a junior majoring in History, Baird is immersed in the Atlantic World of the late eighteenth century - specifically the philosophical origins of American Democracy. He hails from New York City, is the Managing Editor of Herodotus, and is a member of Stanford in Government (SIG). He has served as a Research Assistant on multiple projects. He loves to travel, has visited all fifty states and is currently working his way through the sixty-three National Parks.

Isabella Saracco

EMAIL: isaracco [at]

OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm in Building 200, Room 106 (History Undergrad Lounge).

Isabella is a senior from Chicago majoring in history, with a focus on Early Moden European history.  She is currently writing her honor's thesis on the ways gender identity affected travel in 16th century Italy. Outside of the history department, Isabella is a creative writing minor, a writer for the Stanford Daily, and a sometimes-member of the Stanford Storytelling Project. In addition to all things history, she loves reading, writing, and crocheting. 

Lauren Selden

EMAIL: lselden [at]

OFFICE HOURS: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30pm in CoHo. 

Lauren is a senior from Portland, Oregon. She is 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 and early modern religion, and is currently writing an honors thesis about early modern Christian pilgrims. At Stanford, she is a resident assistant and the editor-in-chief of Herodotus, Stanford’s undergraduate history journal. In her free time, she enjoys going on walking pilgrimages, baking, and re-reading her favorite novels.

Anna Wang

EMAIL: awang24 [at]

OFFICE HOURS: Fridays, 9:00-11:00am via Zoom. (Please sign up for a slot here.)

Anna is a junior from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She is broadly interested in U.S. political and legal history, especially as they intersect with Asian American studies. Considering she did not know this about herself until late sophomore year, she is always happy to answer questions about making the decision to major in History. In her free time, Anna performs with the Stanford Spoken Word Collective, edits for the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and thinks about which book to read next.