The Department of English's Undergraduate Peer Advisors are here to help you succeed within the department and to integrate you into our community.
If you have any questions about how to declare the English major, what courses to take, how to find a faculty advisor, or just need a familiar face to talk to, please visit the Peer Advisors during their office hours or send them a quick email.
2022-2023 Peer Advisors
Damian Drue is a senior majoring in English with minors in Economics and Philosophy. She is interested in the portrayal of gender within medieval literature, feminist sociolinguistic theory, and experimental forms of the art. Outside of the literary world, you can probably find her in the gym, at a concert, getting one-too-many tattoos or literally staring into space, daydreaming of probably a million different novel ideas which she may or may not get around to writing. Feel free to talk to her about anything (except for Shakespeare–do not bring up Shakespeare), but, if you get her excited about a topic and find yourself wrapped into a two-hour long conversation about the dragon in Beowulf or the description of the Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales, don’t say you weren’t warned.
Briana Garcia is a junior majoring in English. Briana is most captivated by the literary representation of the Latinx community, primarily within the context of hair. She is a drop-in tutor and Peer Tutor Coordinator at the Hume Center—please come visit the center, Briana and the other tutors would be happy to see you! As a FLI student, she is more than happy to talk to others about imposter syndrome and the stresses that come with attending the seemingly perfect and prestigious (read “incredibly flawed”) institution that is Stanford. Talk to her about cartoons, Ariana Grande, and anything related to the English major! If you’d like to reach her on campus, look for curly hair and a huge pink backpack with strawberries on it ;)
Jo Leuenberger (she/they) is a senior studying English and Film. She is interested in the twentieth century novel, the interplay between film and literature, and gender in fiction. Feel free to ask her about grant applications, course selection, English major tracks, or that one time she thought she saw a ghost (it turned out to be a plastic bag).
Malia Maxwell (she/her) is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing (Poetry Track). She’s interested in Victorian Literature and contemporary poetry. She is writing an honors thesis on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. On campus, Malia is a Hume Peer Writing Tutor and one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Leland Quarterly literary magazine. She’s also been involved with Stanford Camp Kesem and Stanford Powwow. Talk to her about the English department, classes to take, publishing, or whatever’s on your mind!