Machteld Nuiver


In the Summer of 2020 I graduated from the Ba program Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University.  I strongly believe that creating visibility for students and their written work contributes to a more holistic and productive learning environment. People need to feel that their work matters in order to develop their academic skills. And our work does matter.

As editor-in-chief I oversee the editorial board and manage day-to-day operations towards publication.


My interests in anthropology include nationalism, race, and post-/decolonial anthropology.


Tamar Oderwald

Managing Editor

As of 2020, I am a fourth year Cultural Anthropology student at the University of Utrecht. I joined SCAJ because I love the ideas behind this journal: an inclusive platform where we as students can read other students' works and - most importantly - learn from them. Writing has always been an interest of mine, so it's really rewarding to be involved with a team of like-minded people who work towards creating an accessible space for academic skills to be explored and developed.


As managing editor, I keep an overview of our progress and the eventual publication of the journal. I also keep our website up-to-date, so that our readers can receive the latest information about SCAJ.

My interests within anthropology are broad and ever-changing, but for now, they lie mostly with food politics, migration, identity, and sustainability.

Sarah Salhany

Core Reviewer

After four years of study, I graduated from the Ba program Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University in the Summer of 2020. I am proud to be a member of SCAJ as I wholeheartedly believe in the power of knowledge exchange between students from all years and interests. SCAJ provides an accessible and inspiring way to do so. 


For the first two editions I was part of the design team, managed the social media accounts and was also a core reviewer. As of now, I will solely focus on my task as core reviewer. 

My personal interests within anthropology are related to gender and religion in the MENA region. As I aspire to focus specifically on children and youth, I am now pursuing my studies in Youth, Education and Society with specialization in International Development.


Gema Benavides Jiménez

Core Reviewer

External Communications

I am a second-year student of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Utrecht, I am majoring in the Social Sciences with a track in Psychology and another one in Anthropology. I decided to join SCAJ because I believe it is a space that rewards curiosity, passion and learning from one another. It gives students a chance to get their hard-work recognised in a more fulfilling and enriching way than by just getting it graded by a professor, but by getting it published and therefore, being able to share the knowledge they have gained so far with others so that everyone can learn as well.


My role within SCAJ is external communications, I stay in contact with the professors, arrange promotional talks during lectures and other external affairs.


My interest in anthropology is closely interlinked with the one for psychology, so I am always looking into ways I can combine both fields. My interest in anthropology mainly lies within culture, intercultural communication, gender, religion as well as medical anthropology. 

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Myrthe Marres

Core Reviewer


This academic year is my third year as a Cultural Anthropology student. I believe that the work we make as students has a lot more to offer than just being graded by our professors. There are lots of creative, well-written or simply interesting papers that could inspire us by being given a platform and I believe SCAJ does an amazing job with this.


 As part of the team, I have a role as a core reviewer and I also focus on the journal's design.


My main interests within anthropology lie with social and structural mobility, art, and I also have some philosophical influences.

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Tanne Appelo

Core Reviewer

I am a third-year anthropology student and have come to highly value the diversity of subjects within our discipline. Contributing to this platform for varied student-interpretations of the anthropological stance, is therefore an inspiring honor.

As a core reviewer, my main job within the team is to contribute to the selection process and make sure the journal´s content meets the values of SCAJ.  

My interests within anthropology are fluid, but for now, I mostly focus on political power structures, expressive literature, and social philosophy.


Miriam van den Berg

Internal Communications

External Communications


I am currently in my second year of the Bachelor Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utrecht. I joined SCAJ because I wanted to be part of an initiative where knowledge is accessible for everyone. It is important to me that students can learn from and with each other, and SCAJ makes this possible.

I take care of business regarding both internal and external affairs at SCAJ and I help with the design.

My interests within anthropology are diverse. Even though I am pretty much interested in everything, my main interests are gender, migration, and ethnicity.

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Sanne Leenders

Internal Communications

External Communications

I am currently a third year Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology student at Utrecht University. I joined SCAJ because I truly believe it is a great initiative to provide a platform for students to share their work in an accessible way.


As Commissioner of Communications I am involved in both internal and external correspondence. 


My personal interests within anthropology include ethnicity, gender and corporate anthropology.

Former SCAJ Members

We thank the following alumni from the core team who contributed to the realization and the growth of SCAJ. 


Jaron van den Berg

Commissioner of Internal Affairs


Volume 1 (Fall 2019)


Florian Nieuwendijk

Core reviewer

Volume 1 (Fall 2019)

Volume 2 (Fall 2020)

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Mette Veldhuis

Core reviewer

Volume 1 (Fall 2019)

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Malou van de Noort

Core reviewer

PR Communications

Volume 1 (Fall 2019)

Volume 2 (Fall 2020)

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Selma Blanken

Core reviewer

Volume 1 (Fall 2019)

Advisory board

Volume 2 (Fall 2020)