Meet Emma Cliff
Major: Political Science & History
Graduation: Planning to graduate in spring 2026.
Emma is from Saint Michael, Minnesota, and is a first year student at the University of Minnesota. Emma is a history and political science major whose areas of interest include political strategy and analysis, and modern European history. When she’s not working in the peer advisor office, Emma enjoys keeping up on current events and finding a good place to study in Walter Library.
What experience in politics do you have?
In high school, Emma was involved in numerous student advocacy groups including an intersectional-women's club and environmental group. Along with other members of her student group in high school, Emma had the opportunity to meet with state representatives and talk about issues and laws regarding women's reproductive freedom. Emma has also addressed state legislators on expanding school funding and changing the state of Minnesota’s school funding formula to be more equitable.
What is your favorite resource on campus?
Emma’s favorite resource on campus is the Peer Research Consultants through the library system. As someone who is very interested in research and has a lot of ideas, Emma has used the peer research consultants many times. She believes this a great resource to use wherever you are in your research journey; whether you have helped on faculty projects before or don’t know where to begin, the peer research consultants are knowledgeable and eager to help.
How can students benefit from meeting with you?
As a peer advisor, Emma hopes to help students find answers to their questions and guide them through their time here at the University of Minnesota and in the political science department, as well. With her shared perspective of being a student, Emma hopes that she can relate to students to better meet their needs.
What conversations do you look forward to having with students as a peer advisor?
Emma is looking forward to diving into the political science department and exploring students' options with them. She is excited to help students find what works best for them within the department. Emma is also very interested in hearing other students' perspectives on political science and what their interests are.