Peer Advisors

IR Peer Advisors are a great resource for questions about major/minor course planning, program policies, the declaration process, and finding a major advisor. We strongly suggest you meet with a peer advisor at least once to discuss your course plan prior to submitting your major or minor declaration.

For Autumn 2023, Peer Advisors will hold three office hours each week—two hours in the IR Office Lounge (Encina Hall Central, Suite 030) and one hour at Coupa Cafe-Green Library (have a beverage on IR!)—during the following times: 

Tues, 1-2pm (Anna McNulty)

Wed, 3-4pm (Senkai Hsia)

Fri, 11:30am-12:30pm (Marianne Lu)

The Coupa-Green Library hour will rotate each week as follows: 

Week 3: Tues, 10/10, 1-2pm (Anna)
Week 4: Wed, 10/18, 3-4pm (Senkai)
Week 5: Fri, 10/27, 11:30am-12:30pm (Marianne)
Week 6: Tues, 10/31, 1-2pm (Anna)
Week 7: Wed, 11/8, 3-4pm (Senkai)
Week 8: Fri, 11/17, 12-1pm (Marianne)
Week 9: Tues, 11/28, 1-2pm (Anna)
Week 10: Wed, 12/6, 3-4pm (Senkai)

To make an appointment outside of office hours, contact a Peer Advisor directly  (see email addresses below). 

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Senkai Hsia

Cohort: 2024
Office: Encina Hall Central, Suite 30
Office Hours: Wednesday, 3-4pm

Senkai is a senior pursuing dual degrees in International Relations and Mechanical Engineering. He is also co-terming in Mechanical Engineering. His IR specializations are International Security and International History & Culture. Senkai cares deeply about environmental sustainability, infrastructure and transportation, international politics, and national security. He was a policy fellow at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he helped staff Secretary Buttigieg at APEC 2023, is a senior leader in Stanford Debate Society, and serves as a committee member on the University Board of Trustees. Outside of IR, Senkai enjoys playing tennis, rewatching Star Trek, and drinking tea as a proud Londoner. Senkai is happy to chat about anything from major planning, study away experiences, and exploring what’s going on around the world!

Marianne Lu

Cohort: 2024
Office: Encina Hall Central, Suite 30
Office Hours: Friday, 11:30am-12:30pm

Marianne is a junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Economics. Her IR specializations are International History & Culture and Economic Development/World Economy. She is particularly interested in US-China relations and the intersection of technology and foreign policy. She has done research at a think tank, interned at a law firm, done policy work for a tech company in DC, and served as a research assistant on campus. Outside of IR, she loves running, going to museums, and discovering new coffee shops. Marianne looks forward to chatting about anything from classes and internships to the best trails around campus! 

Anna McNulty

Cohort: 2024
Office: Encina Hall Central, Suite 30
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1-2pm

Anna is a senior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Digital Humanities. Her IR specializations are Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources and International History & Culture. She is interested in community climate resilience, just energy transition plans, art history, Spanish, and multimedia storytelling. Anna studied abroad in Madrid during the spring quarter of her junior year, where she spent lots of time practicing Spanish, looking at art, and eating Spanish tortilla. She has interned for an international environmental policy organization, an environmental magazine, a plant-based meat company, and a circular fashion store. Outside of IR, Anna loves backpacking, photography, folk music, vegetables, and surfing (even when she can’t get up). Come chat about BOSP, declaring, specializations, petitioning, or anything else Stanford or life related. Anna can’t wait to meet you!

Anna Milstein (studying abroad in Berlin AQ '23)

Cohort: 2024
Office: Encina Hall Central, Suite 30

Anna is a junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Data Science. Her IR specializations are Social Development and Human Well-Being and Economic Development/World Economy. She is interested in international organizations and the intersection of social impact, sustainability, and businesses. She spent Spring Quarter 2022 abroad in Florence, Italy, where she learned about art history, sustainable fashion, and tourism. In the past, she worked as a research assistant at the Graduate School of Education and was as a writer and editor for the Stanford Daily. Outside of the classroom, she loves to hike the Dish and bake. Anna looks forward to talking about major planning, BOSP programs, language courses, or anything else!