About the Journal

Herodotus is a student-run publication founded in 1986 by the History Undergraduate Student Association in collaboration with the Stanford University Department of History. It bears the name of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, the 5th century BCE historian of the Greco-Persian Wars. His Histories, which preserve the memory of the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, were written so that "human achievements may not become forgotten in time, and great and marvelous deeds...may not be without their glory." Likewise, this journal is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the best of Stanford's undergraduate work in history, selected through a process of peer review.

Published annually, Herodotus welcomes submissions from Stanford undergraduates of all majors and class years. Papers should be between 2,500 and 6,000 words, show original analysis, and demonstrate in-depth historical research with primary sources. All accepted papers will be considered for the AHA Raymond J. Cunningham Prize and our $250 Carl N. Degler Prize, given to the paper that best elevates neglected voices in its historical narrative and/or contributes alternative viewpoints to the existing historiography.