Liisi Esse


I work at Stanford University Libraries as Assistant Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies. I have been in my current position since January 2013. Before that I lived in Estonia where I worked at the National Archives of Estonia as a project manager.

As Assistant Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies, I have as my main responsibility to build Stanford's collection of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian material in all formats (books, periodicals, manuscripts, electronic sources etc.). My wider goal is to enhance Baltic studies overall by advising scholars and students interested in the matter, engaging in collaborative projects with other institutions and organizing events and exhibits at Stanford.

I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Tartu in 2016. The title of my doctoral dissertation was “Estonian soldiers in the First World War: the war experience and its postwar meaning”.

I serve as a board member at AABS (Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies). I'm also a member of Baltic Heritage Network.