Alice Petty

Alice Petty

Director of Pre-Major Advising

M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Near Eastern Studies (2004)
B.A., Hampshire College, self-designed Liberal Arts major (1993)


As a part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the mission of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) is to welcome, connect, and support all Stanford undergraduates so they can get the most out of their Stanford educations. UAR is broadly responsible for the transition of new students to Stanford; academic advising; undergraduate research opportunities; and academic policy and progress.

As the Director of the Stanford Newcomer Guides program, Alice plans and provides the Orientation sessions for the volunteers as well as additional development workshops. She generates online and print resources both for students and for mentors, and directs communication about mentoring and advising to students and campus partners. Alice especially enjoys conveying the importance of connection and the profound impact that advising and mentoring relationships can have on the student experience.

Alice earned a B.A. from Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on Archaeology and minors in Akkadian and in Egyptology. Before coming to Stanford, Alice was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, and a Curatorial Research Associate at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, she was a consultant for the Federation of American Scientists, as a part of the Learning Technologies Initiative to develop an educational video game for middle school students on the origins of mathematics and literacy in ancient Iraq. Alice spent nine seasons as a field supervisor for the Johns Hopkins University-University of Amsterdam Archaeological Expedition to Umm el-Marra (Syria) where she learned valuable lessons in how to maintain collegial and respectful work relationships despite differences in language and culture, very close quarters, and unpleasantly high temperatures.

Coordinator of transfer student advising