Bio


Dr. Petty 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 secondary concentrations in Akkadian and in Egyptology. She first joined VPUE as a post-doctoral teaching fellow for the Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) program in 2007, where she served on the teaching teams for Humans & Machines, World Archaeology and Global Heritage, and Inventing Classics. Alice joined Advising in 2011, and served has served as the Academic Director in Wilbur Hall, Director of Pre-Major Advising, and Director of the Stanford Newcomer Guide program. She is currently the Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) and Program Coordinator for Transfer Advising.

Alice supports Stanford's transfer students once they have been offered admission to Stanford, helping them make informed decisions about their education. She works with students individually throughout the summer prior to enrollment as they navigate the transfer credit assessment process. She advises students on possible majors, course selection, and strategic academic planning; additionally, she helps her students identify support resources and academic opportunities that are a good fit for their needs and interests. She works closely with partners across the University in Admissions, Financial Aid, ResEd, Student Affairs, OMAC, and the OAE as well as with individual departments to field questions and address concerns that are specific to the transfer experience.

Prior to arriving at 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.

Current Role at Stanford


Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) and Program Coordinator, Transfer Advising.

Education & Certifications


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