Peer Advisors

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. 

2021-2022 Peer Advisors


Betty He

Betty He is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Art History. She is from Beijing and constantly contemplates the liminality of living between two cultures. Betty is interested in trauma theory, postcolonial literature, gender performance and the moral implications of aestheticizing violence. She is writing an honors thesis on authors' use of Gothic elements to represent trauma in novels dealing with forms of institutionalized oppression. She is a desk editor for the Stanford Daily's Screen beat and is involved in the English department's very own journal, Caesura. Talk to her about book/film/TV show recommendations, classes to take, managing anxiety in college, rock climbing, and anything else! 


Ekalan Hou

Ekalan Hou is a senior double majoring in English and Art History with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Ekalan is interested in modernists and mystics as well as late 19th- and early 20th- century Chinese diasporic photography. Chat with them about classes, declaring an English major or minor, grant and job applications, or any/everything on your mind!


Layo Laniyan

Layo Laniyan (he/him) is a senior majoring in English, with minors in African & African American Studies and Symbolic Systems (Neurosciences). He is interested in African diasporic aesthetic culture, the history of medicine, and black literary studies. He is writing a thesis on African-American literary treatments of medical experimentation in the Atlantic World. He dances with two teams on campus (Legacy and Alliance!), was the executive editor of The Stanford Daily, and edits for Caesura. Talk to him about classes, interdisciplinary work, grant applications, food/music recommendations, or whatever you’re feeling!


Jo Leuenberger

Jo Leuenberger is a junior double majoring in English and Film and Media Studies. She is interested in the modernist novel, contemporary British lit, and the interplay between literature and cinema. Her Chappell-Lougee grant was used to write a horror-slasher screenplay exploiting the "final girl" trope to explore misogyny, homophobia, and neoliberalism in arts spaces, and she has been involved in various theater and arts groups on campus. Feel free to ask her about the English department, grant applications, PJ Harvey, roller skating, or anything else!


Lily Nilipour

Lily Nilipour is a senior majoring in English Literature and minoring in the Creative Writing fiction track. She is forever indebted to SLE for introducing her to Virginia Woolf, and loves reading modernist literature. Lily is an editor for the Leland Quarterly, Stanford's literary magazine, and Caesura, the English department’s new undergraduate academic journal. She'll talk to you about anything, English or otherwise (with particular concentrations in SLE, lit mags, CESTA, cats, tennis, and taking CS106A/B)!