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2020 Stanford Humanities Center Hume Humanities Honors Fellows

Stanford Humanities Center Welcomes Hume Fellows

Three of this year's fellows are from our very own department. Please join us in congratulating them.
"Nominated by faculty advisers early in the fall quarter, each of the students receiving a fellowship is writing an honors thesis in one of Stanford’s humanities departments.

Each fellow will receive a stipend for research project materials, and, while the shared office at the Humanities Center will not be available this year due to restrictions associated with COVID-19, they will have the opportunity to participate virtually in a variety of tailored group activities to promote intellectual engagement with one another as well as the broader SHC community. Despite the unconventional structure of the 2020–21 academic year, the students will receive continued support from the Humanities Center even as their research and writing are happening from afar." (excerpted from Robert Cable's article)

Sophia Colello

Classics and Archaeology

Project: Imperial Substance: Ancient Numismatics and the Malleable Conditions of Sovereignty

Advisor: Jennifer Trimble

Sophia Colello is a senior from Danville, California, majoring in archaeology and classics. Her research interests include the Bronze Age Mediterranean, cultural exchange between the Greek world and the Near East, interpretation of cult iconography, and modern issues of preservation and conservation at archaeological sites.


Will Shao

Classics, Minor in International Relations and Modern Languages

Project: When Worlds Collide: Prophecy in Greek Tragedy

Advisor: Marsh McCall

Will Shao is a senior from New York majoring in Classics and minoring in International Relations and Modern Languages. One of the most fascinating topics for him within the context of the ancient world is the classical reception of Greek tragedy, a subject that concerns both modern adaptations of these texts and the enduring significance of their values and ideas. His thesis seeks to build upon the latter through exploring the role of prophecy and prophets in Greek tragedy as a means of understanding the importance and challenges around information interpretation and influence. Apart from his thesis work, Shao is the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Classics Journal Aisthesis this year, as well as a Peer Advisor for the Classics Department. Furthermore, his passion for technology policy has led him to become both a research assistant at the Cyber Policy Center and the co-founder of The GovTech Network. In his free time, Will pursues his love for music, surfing, and sailing.


Ariela Algaze

Art History, Minor in Medieval Studies and Classics

Project: The Poetics of Baptism: Liturgical Performance and Ekphrasis in Medieval Florence

Advisors: Bissera Pentcheva, Emanuele Lugli 

Ariela Algaze is a senior majoring in Art History with a minor in Medieval Studies and Classics. A Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Algaze’s research explores liturgical enactment, multisensory experience, and representations of otherness in the Middle Ages across disciplinary and geographic boundaries. She is currently writing an honors thesis on baptismal liturgy and imagery in thirteenth-century Italy. Previously, she received a Chappell-Lougee grant to conduct research on depictions of Black saints in Gothic sculpture. In the museum world, Algaze has co-curated an exhibition of Egyptian antiquities at the Stanford University Archaeological Collections and has served as a curatorial intern at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and an education intern at the National Portrait Gallery. Algaze is the 2020–21 Peer Advisor/Undergraduate Representative for Art History, a theater technician in the Stanford Shakespeare Company, and an advocate for disability justice. 


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