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.
2020-2021 Peer Advisors
Betty He is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Art History and Math. Betty is constantly nostalgic, lives in magical realism, and believes in the power of interdisciplinary studies. She's written for The Stanford Daily and is an editor for the English department's very own journal, Caesura. Over the summer, she was fascinated by vines when researching for Dr. Judith Richardson's book on "plant-mindedness" and worked on her own research about representations of trauma in Young Adult novels. She's an aspiring writer, amateur painter, and overall humanities nerd. Talk to her about sitcoms, cooking, living in between two cultures, or anything you want!
Ekalan Hou is a junior double majoring in English and Art History. Ekalan is interested in modernist mysticism and in considering object-oriented ontology as feminist. She used her Chappell Lougee scholarship to examine Leslie Stephen’s literary influence on Virginia Woolf, and she will be curating an exhibition about Julia Margaret Cameron as a Cantor Scholar. Chat with Ekalan about your favourite books/classes/films/boba order/Joni Mitchell song, declaring an English major or minor, grant applications, Among Us strategies, or anything at all!
Angie Lee is a senior majoring in English with a fiction concentration and minoring in Human Biology. Angie is a Goodreads enthusiast, an em dash apologist, and an Anthony Doerr fanatic - writing her senior thesis on disability in Doerr's work. She did research for a novel on drug development using the Chappell Lougee grant and wrote (a very, very rough) draft of it in ENG 190E, the NaNoWriMo class. She was a managing editor for The Stanford Daily, plans events on class cabinet, and sings a cappella. Talk to her about classes to take, the best types of sushi rolls, interning in the tech industry as a fuzzy, or anything else.
Jack Nichols is a senior majoring in English. He’s interested in early modern theater, with particular attention given to all things Shakespeare! Jack is also interested in modernism; he’s writing his senior thesis on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Jack has worked in a research lab, done an internship in Uganda, and, most recently, interned in tech. Talk to him about studying abroad, navigating the liberal arts at Stanford, planning for post-graduation, or whatever else!
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)!
Sun Paik is a graduate student in English literature with a focus in contemporary Asian-American poetry and poetics. Sun studied poetry through the Creative Writing department during her undergraduate career at Stanford and wrote her honor's thesis on the materialization of trauma in Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Her work as a Chappell Lougee scholar was a meditation centered around grief and transcendence in the works of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hobart and Tinderbox Poetry, most of which began as drafts during her Levinthal Tutorial. Please feel free to reach out to discuss creative writing programs, applications for grants/co-terminal program, or book recommendations!