Cynthia Kok

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Fifth Year
Global Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Cynthia Kok works on the material culture of global trade, particularly in relationship to the early modern Dutch world. She is interested in natural history and specimen collecting, crafting under European colonial governance, and imitative material practices inspired by cultural encounters. Her recent research focuses on expanded material literacy in the Netherlands following the rise of whaling and trading companies. Cynthia received her MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from Bard Graduate Center and her BA in History and Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.