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Stanford Global Studies students represent the full range of the university's disciplines—from engineering and computer science to performance studies, biology, history, political science, and more. Through their participation in SGS programs, they have acquired global skills, experience, and knowledge—and ultimately, a global mindset—that uniquely prepares them for today's world.

Here, students from across SGS's 14 centers and programs share their favorite experiences, classes, and future plans.

“Stanford has taught me that, when you have an understanding of peoples’ history and culture, you can be much more effective in whatever you are doing,” says Natalie Ponce, who is graduating this June with a double major in international relations and Italian. Read more.

Anja Zehfuss is graduating this year with a major in human biology and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies. She chose these academic programs because she was interested in understanding the “systems that contribute to increasing inequality and infectious disease in sub-Saharan Africa.” Read more.

Priya Chatwani is graduating this year with a major in computer science and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in South Asian studies. “I chose to add a global studies minor in order to learn about my South Asian heritage in a formal academic setting. The minor helped me build critical thinking and writing skills outside of my STEM curriculum,” she says. Read more.

Maame Akua Kome-Mensah graduated this year with a B.S. in symbolic systems and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies. For her minor capstone project, she traveled to Africa to learn about the publication of young adult fiction in Ghana. Read more.

“As a first-generation Nigerian-American, I had never gotten the opportunity to engage in academic study that is related to my experience and the experiences of my family, so it was nice to finally get the opportunity to do so at Stanford,” says Peace Edem, who graduates this June with a B.S. in human biology and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies. Read more.

“During my time at Stanford, most of my research was based around developing an in-depth understanding of state-building in new nations, specifically South Sudan,” says Lotta. “However, I always prefer to have a broader understanding of situations and a region and therefore also conducted research on other nations in my region of interest as well.” Read more.



“The Center for East Asian Studies has helped me build my understanding of China and East Asia, improve my language proficiency, and situate my knowledge in a global context,” said Olivia Mason, who graduates this year with a master’s degree in East Asian studies, with a focus on Chinese media culture and history. Read more.

Mueni chose to study public policy because she was interested in learning about its role in shaping and stimulating development. “I wanted to understand how policies can be established to create a conducive environment for economic, social, and political advancement,” she explained. Read more.

“I have long been interested in the rich cultures and histories of Latin America. Latin America holds an important place in the global community, and I wanted to gain the knowledge and tools to be able to understand this vibrant, diverse region,” says Christine Logan, who graduates in June with a master’s degree in Latin American studies. Read more.

“My interest in IR stems from the fundaments of who I am, as a person; I am an Iranian-Mexican-American raised in Los Angeles. The combination of personal history and an academic interest in conflict studies and international politics led me to the IR major,” says Katherine Irajpanah '19. Read more.

Grace Ansah graduates this year with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies. “I was interested in working on a wide range of issues in Ghana—energy, agriculture, and food security—and I believed that chemical engineering would give me the right skills I needed to contribute to developing lasting solutions in Ghana,” she said. Read more.

While he had experience living in Central Asia prior to coming to Stanford, Jake is grateful to CREEES for exposing him to new global perspectives and furthering his knowledge of the region. “The interdisciplinary nature of the program exposed me to entirely new perspectives I would have never received no matter how long I lived there,” he says. Read more.

Raveen Kumarasinghe graduates this spring with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in modern languages. His interest in international relations stems from a lifelong passion for learning foreign languages, and as a Stanford student he has traveled to every corner of the world to study, work, and immerse himself in different cultures. Read more.

Madelaine Graber graduates in June with a master’s degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. She chose the program for its flexible, interdisciplinary nature, which allowed her to gain exposure to several fields of study. Read more.

International relations major and human rights minor Audrey Huynh is the recipient of the 2019-20 John Gardner Public Service Fellowship through the Haas Center for Public Service. The Gardner Fellowship provides opportunities for graduating seniors to invest their talent, energy, and training in public service. Read more.