Staff updates

Introducing: Rossella Colpo

Hello, my name is Rossella Colpo and I’m very excited to be your new colleague.

As of 15 April, I’m joining FASoS as Student Affairs Officer. I’m leaving SBE where over the past years I worked with enthusiasm as Internship Officer.

I was born and grew up in Italy at the Como lake, a lovely area surrounded by the Alps. Since 2001 I have been living in Maastricht, a beautiful old and charming city.


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Introducing: Andrada Matauanu

Hi everyone! My name is Andrada Matauanu and I joined FASoS on 1 April as Secretary for the Board of Examiners.

I have a background in law and I am an alumna of the UM’s Faculty of Law where I graduated in 2019.

I am happy to join FASoS and I am looking forward to helping the Office of Student Affairs. See you around!

Introducing: Maha Naami

Hello everyone, my name is Maha Naami. I joined Maastricht University in March as a PhD candidate in the LIMES Project.

I will be working on the project of Youth Mobilities of Unaccompanied Minors in Border Regions, under the supervision of Professor Valentina Mazzucato. My research will focus on the root causes and the enabling conditions of minors’ mobility, and will aim to understand their different patterns and trajectories.


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Valentina Mazzucato appointed member of KHMW

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato has been appointed member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW; Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities).

The KHMW is a unique society that aims to bridge the gap between science and society. It is composed of 400 societal leaders and 550 professors with an impressive track record.

You can find a list of other appointed members and directors here.

Introducing: Judith Van Puyvelde

My name is Judith Van Puyvelde. In February I joined FASoS as a PhD candidate in the LIMES project under supervision of Nico Randeraad.

My research focuses on ‘The Atelier Glasschilderkunst F. Nicolas en Zonen in Roermond’. The archive of this stained-glass workshop has recently been conserved and partly digitised by the Centre for Social History of Limburg (SHCL).


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Introducing: Christin Hoene

Hello everyone, my name is Christin Hoene. I joined FASoS at the beginning of February as Assistant Professor in Literary Studies.

At the moment, I still live in Canterbury, where I have been working as a postdoc in the School of English at the University of Kent for the past three years. I will be moving to Maastricht at the end of March, and I am really looking forward to meeting colleagues and students in person.


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Introducing: Akudo McGee

Hello everyone! I’m Akudo McGee and I’m thrilled to be starting my journey at Maastricht University as a PhD candidate in the LIMES Project.

Under the supervision of Prof. Mathieu Segers, my research will focus on understanding and tracking the progeny of Eurosceptic sentiment and political movements across the EU, particularly following its most challenging round of enlargements, the Eastern Enlargement.


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Luana Russo elected in the ECPR Steering Committee of SGPM

Luana Russo has been elected in the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Steering Committee of the Standing Group of Political Methodology (SGPM).

This Standing Group is one of the larger in the ECPR network, and it organises activities such as panels in the most important conferences in the field of political science, workshops, and networking events.


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Introducing: Sara Atwater

Hello all! My name is Sara and I have recently joined FASoS as a PhD candidate. I am looking forward to supporting the LIMES project, studying borders in Europe, through my research.

Professors Leonie Cornips and Louis van den Hengel supervise my research which seeks to understand the interplay between the cultural identity of women in former mining communities in Dutch Limburg and Germany and the humorous cultural practices of carnival and cabaret. Alaaf!

Introducing: Cecilia Schenetti

I studied at Maastricht University where I completed my BA in Arts and Culture and MA in Globalization and Development Studies. During my master I focused on migration and I conducted a fieldwork among migrant youth living in the Netherlands.

After my studies I worked with an NGO in Senegal for the socio-economic reintegration of returnee migrants.


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