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CLUSTER 3

China Studies

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Meiyi Bao PhD
Track Representative:
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Pippa van Loenen

Hi! My name is Pippa van Loenen (she/her) and I am the track representative for the China Studies track. I am a third year student, and I am majoring in anthropology and psychology, with this beautiful China studies track as my minor!

Throughout my first two years I have loved taking classes related to both Chinese language and culture, and I am very excited to represent this track. My main goal is to further spread enthusiasm for all this track has to offer. If you have any input or questions I am more than happy to hear it!

Office Hours: 
      by appointment only

Earth & Environment

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Dr. Hugo de Boer
Office Hours: 
      by appointment only
Track Representative:
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Rebecca Fokkink

Hi! My name is Rebecca Fokkink (she/her) and I am currently in my third year, majoring in Earth & Environment, Human Geography, and Anthropology. I am mostly interested in sustainable development, focusing on both natural and social aspects. I am very passionate about the track and loved the courses I took, both at UCU and at UU. As the track representative, I want to continue improving the track by catering to the needs of the students. So feel free to reach out for feedback on the track or if you have any questions at all. I am here to help!

Geography

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Dr. Dea van Lierop
Office Hours: 
      by appointment only
Track Representative:
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Avantika Bhowmik

Hellos :) I am Avantika (she/her), your new geography track representative. I am a third-year student majoring in human geography, sociology, and political science. I am primarily interested in qualitative geographical research in understanding food and its many connections to people and place. As your track representative, I hope to assist in improving the track with your feedback as well as initiate efforts and suggestions in decolonizing the courses. Furthermore, to make futures in geography accessible and visible alongside gaining support for geography focused methodology. Feel free to approach me with any ideas, questions, and queries regarding the track!

Language & Culture

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drs. Saskia Spee
Office Hours: 
  • Tuesday, from 15.30-16.30
  • Thursday, from 14.00-16.00
Track Representative:
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Flora Izar Thompson

Hi, my name is Flora (she/her) and I’m excited to be this year’s language and culture track representative! I’m in my third semester, majoring in sociology and psychology and minoring in linguistics. Whether you’re taking them out of interest or obligation, the knowledge you gain from language and culture courses will undoubtedly be useful one day, in your work, travels, or daily interactions with people of different backgrounds. That’s why I think it’s so important to make these classes as engaging, relevant, and useful as possible, so please reach out if you have any feedback for a course! You can also write me with any other questions you have; I’m always happy to help.

Political Science

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Dr. Gamze Avci
Office Hours: 
      by appointment only
Track Representatives:
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Willem Kollen

Hello, I’m Willem (he/him), your track representative for politics in the 23-24 school year! I will be majoring in politics and history and am entering my second year here at UCU. What I’m most looking forward to in this role is to gather input from students and amplify their voices and opinions to create or maintain an overall positive track experience. You can approach me any time with questions about politics courses in general, or to share your experiences and opinions regarding the track. I look forward to hearing from everyone next year!

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