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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. 

2019-2020 Peer Advisors

Courtney Douglas

Courtney Douglas is a senior pursuing the Literature concentration. While she focuses on 20th century American literature, she's developed a recent interest in contemporary creative nonfiction. Courtney loves applying the analytical skills she's honed in the English department to other fields, especially journalism and press freedom advocacy. Outside of the English department, she is pursuing a minor in political science, and is writing an Ethics in Society honors thesis on unlawful searches and seizures of journalists' unpublished materials. She participated in the Stanford in Washington program, where she worked on media law issues at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Davis Wright Tremaine. During her college summers, she's pursued public service fellowships at the First Amendment Project and in the San Diego mayor's office, and has worked in political science research. Last year, she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Stanford Daily.  Attend her office hours (Thursdays from 9-11am, and by appointment) to talk about ANYTHING, whether it's planning your first midterm paper, finding communities at Stanford, selecting a faculty advisor, SIW, applying for internships, or Taylor Swift's new album. She's excited to meet you and discuss the many meaningful opportunities and resources that Stanford English has to offer you! 

OH: Thursdays from 9:00AM - 11:00 AM

Noah Cooter

Noah is a 4th year undergrad studying Creative Writing at Stanford. This year, Noah is working on his Senior Honors Thesis on British Occultism. He resides in family student housing with his kids and enjoys being disappointed with things that won’t grow in the garden.

Emily Elott

I'm Emily, a senior pursuing the literature concentration. I focus mainly on British Modernism, and am writing my honors thesis on Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf. I'd love to chat with you about any weird or cool books you've read. Some of my recent favorites include The Last SamuraiHousekeepingInsel, and Against Interpretation

Angie Lee

I’m Angie, a junior majoring in English with a fiction concentration and minoring in Human Biology. I’m a Goodreads enthusiast, an Anthony Doerr fanatic, and an em dash apologist. My undergrad classes thus far have confirmed my love for creative writing and piqued a newfound interest in narrative theory. Outside of class, I write for The Stanford Daily, plan events on class cabinet, and sing a cappella. Come talk to me about classes to take, book recs, the best nearby sushi places, or anything else!

Lily Nilipour

Lily Nilipour is a junior 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 literature that has to do with themes of reality, perception, the unconscious, dreams, surrealism, or anything else that we'll never fully understand about ourselves. She was also part of the 2018-2019 Stanford Graphic Novel Project, and is involved with the Leland Quarterly, Stanford's first literary magazine. She'll talk to you about anything, English or otherwise (with particular concentrations in cats, tennis, SLE, music, and taking CS106A)!

Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner is a senior in the English Department with an interdisciplinary emphasis on the relationship between poetry and music. As a recovering philosophy major, he's interested in questions of what kind of knowledge literature/literary criticism encodes and how to think about the lived experience of reading books. His thesis project traces the musical resonances between early British Romanticism and 20th century jazz, particularly in terms of their theories of self. He has experience applying for various Stanford grants – Chappell Lougee, Major, and Conference – and works for myriad on-campus publications doing writing and design work. Even though he doesn't have weekly office hours this quarter, please feel free to schedule a time to chat about classes, finding a major adviser, Sally Rooney, or anything else at!