Cynthia Kok

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Fourth Year
American Decorative Art and Material Culture

Cynthia Kok is a first year European and American Material Cultures student. She is interested in trade and craftsmanship under European colonial governance, particularly imitative material practices inspired by encounters with foreign cultures. Her recent research focused on seventeenth-century Dutch ebony-workers who used whale baleen to mimic ebony imported from southeast Asia and Africa. 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.