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.



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. 


Staff Editor

Micaela Dugan

Micaela is a junior majoring in history with a concentration in military history and minoring in human biology with a focus in global health. Her historical interests center around twentieth-century United States history, particularly during the periods of major warfare. At Stanford, she participates in the Women’s Gymnastics team as the student volunteer assistant coach. Apart from her studies, Micaela enjoys hiking, puzzles, baking, and re-watching old movies.

Staff Editor

Hagar Gal

Hagar is wrapped up in the world of modern global history, with a focus on empire and state building, and is currently writing her thesis on how a family of Baghdadi Jews came to control the 19th century British opium trade between India and China. The unfocused focus is because she couldn't untangle the interests and languages she grew up with: born in Israel, to a Chinese mother and an Israeli father, she then moved to the colonial corner of Sydney, Australia, where she stayed until beginning her studies at Stanford. Aside from history, Hagar is the undergraduate research coordinator for the Human Rights in Trauma and Mental Health Lab, tutors SLE, and loves to dance.

Staff Editor

Lauren Selden

Lauren is a sophomore double majoring in history and comparative literature who is originally from Portland, Oregon. She is especially interested in the history and literature of religion, so her current research explores the relationship between the medieval Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through Western Europe and the experience of modern Camino pilgrims. Outside of Herodotus and historical research, she plays steel pan in Stanford’s steel pan band, Cardinal Calypso, bakes an incredible volume of desserts (her favorites are all things French patisserie), and attempts to do her homework with her cat sitting on her laptop keyboard. 


History Quad

Staff Editor

Emilia Porubcin


History Quad

Staff Editor

Arjan Walia

Section Editor

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.

Section Editor:

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