Editorial Board

Atussa Hamamoto Mohtasham ’18

Atussa is a junior double majoring in Comparative Literature and German Studies and minoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Iranian Studies, and the current Editor-in-Chief of Avicenna. She is interested in literary modernity across cultures, including the German, Japanese and Iranian traditions. Comparative Literature traditionally focuses on the Western traditions, but Atussa has structured her education at Stanford so that she can see how ideas unravel in multiple, seemingly unrelated cultures. She believes that in our globalized world where the conflict of ideologies has, at times, led to devastating consequences, developing a broad set of linguistic skills and an understanding of multiple cultures opens up the way for empathy and acceptance.  

Sevde Kaldiroglu ’17

Sevde is a senior from Istanbul, Turkey, majoring in English with Creative Writing and minoring in Psychology. After three years as the Editor-in-Chief of Avicenna – The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs, she is currently serving an advisory role for the journal before graduating in June. In addition to conducting psychology research on (very adorable) babies at the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab, Sevde enjoys writing and reading poetry and fiction, exploring notable coffee shops off-campus and running every morning.

Carolyn OliverCarolyn Oliver ’17

Carolyn is a Human Biology senior and Epidemiology co-term. She has worked on Layout and Graphic Design for several publications and groups on campus (Stanford Premedical Association, Stanford Dance Marathon, Stanford Journal of Public Health and Avicenna). While public health and biology are her primary areas of focus, she is interested in everything from art history to international security theory. She has assisted on research projects in several departments including International Relations, Political Science, and Psychology, worked at Cantor Museum, and used to give tours as a Stanford Tour Guide.

Eva Grant ’19

Eva (Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, and Creative Writing) is an Associate Editor at Avicenna, and was the G(irls)20 Canadian Ambassador to Turkey in 2015. She also serves as Women* in Theatre’s Social Justice Director and Stanford Indigenous Feminists’ President. A fellow at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Eva is passionate about imaginative and analytical endeavors – be it podcasts, articles, photo-essays, or poetry – that conjure a world beyond present conditions of oppression. Flag her down on her longboard to talk road-trips, philosophy, activism, coffee culture, and her mutant cats.

Ariana Qayumi ’18

Ariana studies Symbolic Systems with a focus on sustainable behavior change for large scale systems. She works at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she is at the intersection of business and behavior design, creating innovative technology solutions that can solve business problems and embolden cultural change. Ariana’s mission is to create positive, progressive, and principled environments that help people help themselves. Ariana is a lead researcher at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab, a StartX mentor, and an expert in Behavior Design to top 10 Fortune 500 compaies. She also enjoys story-telling, hiking, and Mocha-Lattes.

Marika Buchholz ’19

Marika studies Symbolic Systems with a tentative focus on learning and education. She is active in several Asian American organizations on campus, and she loves doing volunteer and activism work for Asian American / Japanese American communities in the Bay Area. In her spare time, Marika enjoys playing clarinet in several music groups on campus.

Kit Raya Ramgopal ’19

Kit is a sophomore from Southampton, New York, majoring in International Relations with concentrations in International Security and Social Development and minoring in Middle Eastern Languages and Culture. An associate editor at Avicenna, she also works as a conference speech coach for the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford and as the managing editor of The Stanford Daily sports section. Kit is especially passionate about politics and the conservation, and she loves to hike, surf, write, and pet dogs.

Jen profile - cropeedJennifer Peterson ’18

Jennifer is a junior, majoring in History with a focus in Modern Europe. She is very interested in the political, religious, and economic history of the Middle East. An associate editor at Avicenna – The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs, Jennifer is also involved in Stanford in Government, Stanford Women in Politics, and Herodotus, Stanford’s Undergraduate History Journal.