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. 

Emma Bates


OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays,  2-3:30pm and Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom 

Emma is a senior from New York City studying History, on the ‘General History’ track. Her honors thesis is on the Soviet Union’s presence in the Afro-Asian Writers Organization, as part of the state’s broader soft power strategy in the Cold War. She is also a research assistant on campus, and has a music show on Stanford’s radio station, KZSU. She likes reading David Sedaris essays, doing the New York Times Crossword & Sudoku, and writing postcards to friends. Stop by Coffee & Donuts or send her an email to chat and ask her your questions!

Carolyn Chun


OFFICE HOURS: Fridays, 2:00-4:00pm at Tressider (outdoor tables near Treehouse)

Carolyn is a senior from Oak Brook, Illinois, majoring in history with an interest in law and the public good. She is excited to be back at Stanford after a year working as a data analyst for a nonpartisan not-for-profit aimed at increasing access to and use of government data. She is writing a thesis with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Please ask her about the major and the croquembouche she baked during the pandemic.

Daniel Ferreira


Daniel, also known as Bob, is a senior from around São Paulo, Brazil. He is writing a thesis about domestic workers in twentieth-century Brazil, mixing approaches from intellectual, legal, labor, religious and social history. But he has also done work on twentieth-century Europe and colonial African history. When not obsessing over finding new primary sources, he re-watches Seinfeld or reads old Donald Duck comics.

Hagar Gal


OFFICE HOURS: Fridays, 1:30-3:30pm at Tresidder (outdoor table near Treehouse)

Hagar is wrapped up in the world of modern global history, with a focus on empire and the exchange of goods, people and ideas. She 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.

Shannon Gifford


OFFICE HOURS: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm via Zoom

 Shannon is a junior from Seattle, Washington. She is majoring in history on the comparative empires and cultures track. This means she is interested in pretty much all things history, but she gets particularly excited about commerce and cultural exchange in the early modern period. She is also minoring in creative writing and is interested in the application of historical themes to fictional worlds. Shannon can also be found with Stanford’s running club, swimming club, and the Leland Quarterly. She is happy to chat history, writing, fantasy novels, outdoor activities (especially hiking and trail running), ice cream (did you know there was a US Navy barge dedicated to it during WWII?), and anything else.