About MAS Alumni

MAS Alumni, formerly known as the Amsterdam Society for Medical Social Scientists (the ASMSS), is a society which was called into life in 2016 by students of the UvA master programme of Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS). They noticed that there was no organised form of contact between students, alumni and potential employers.The MAS Alumni hopes to change that. Our goals are to build bridges between students, alumni and the workplace.

We joined the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) on November 4th 2017. From that point on we have been both an alumni society as well as a student organisation. This will enable us to better achieve our goals of bridging education and practice together, as well as strengthen bonds between students and those in the field. 

The MAS Alumni Association is for students and alumni of the Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Students in the Master’s programme focus on health and healthcare in a political, economic and cultural context. In the programme we use social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues in a globalising world.  

More info can be found on UvA’s Medical Anthropology and Sociology page

Mas Alumni Association Students

About MAS Alumni

Mas Alumni Association Students

MAS Alumni, formerly known as the Amsterdam Society for Medical Social Scientists (the ASMSS), is a society which was called into life in 2016 by students of the UvA master programme of Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS). They noticed that there was no organised form of contact between students, alumni and potential employers.The MAS Alumni hopes to change that. Our goals are to build bridges between students, alumni and the workplace.

We joined the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) on November 4th 2017. From that point on we have been both an alumni society as well as a student organisation. This will enable us to better achieve our goals of bridging education and practice together, as well as strengthen bonds between students and those in the field. 

The MAS Alumni Association is for students and alumni of the Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology (MAS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Students in the Master’s programme focus on health and healthcare in a political, economic and cultural context. In the programme we use social science theory and methods to critically analyse health issues in a globalising world.  

More info can be found on UvA’s Medical Anthropology and Sociology page.

Our Team

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Conor McCann Bio Photo

Conor McCann

In 2017, Conor McCann completed his bachelor’s studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver with a double major in Anthropology and Asian Studies. Inspired by a former professor and medical anthropologist, Conor enrolled in the MSc Medical Anthropology and Sociology Program at the University of Amsterdam. His thesis was on the informal distribution of clinical HIV testing technologies amongst urban, middle-class Tanzanian youth for self-testing purposes.

Since graduating in 2020, Conor has been involved in the Amsterdam Society for Medical Social Scientists, the precursor to the MAS Alumni Association. As an alumni, he has provided guest lectures on conducting anthropological research at a distance from the field and co-authored a manual on digital qualitative research conduct.

In 2021, Conor was a communications intern and junior project manager at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, where he helped organize two virtual events, INTEREST 2021, the premiere scientific conference for HIV in Africa, and EECA INTERACT, the first workshop on HIV and harm reduction in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Conor's prior exposure to drug-related health interventions in both Vancouver and Amsterdam, as well as his experiences facilitating on EECA INTERACT fostered a passion for harm reduction.

In August of 2022, Conor will begin his PhD studies at Emory University in Atlanta, where he aspires to study the health decision making of people who inject drugs (PWID) in Thailand, how they envision themselves and their needs, and how they construct communities to stake their claim to health.

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Jessica Love Bio Photo

Jessica Love

Jessica was driven by an innate sense of wonder and curiosity to explore the world. In 2008, she left her job in California, sold most of her possessions, and with her paraglider on her back boarded a one-way flight to India. Paragliding soon morphed into a nomadic profession as a tandem pilot and Jessica has since lived, traveled, and paraglided in over 25 countries. Paragliding in remote regions of the Himalayas exposed Jessica to poverty, human rights violations, global health issues, and the complexity of development. Her integration into these environments revealed the deep inequities that exist across social, cultural, political, geographical, and economic boundaries.

Her reaction to these injustices and curiosity inspired her to study Integrated Social Science at the University of Washington. Jessica focused her coursework around the thematic areas of diversity and global justice, health and risk, societies and environments, and inequalities and power relations. However, through the course "Anthropology and International Health," Jessica discovered her interest in the social aspects of Global Health which inspired her to complete the Masters of Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Jessica is currently working as a global health research assistant at the UvA in the anthropology department.

Aleksi Hupli Bio Photo UvA Mas Alumni

Aleksi Hupli

Aleksi has a master’s degrees in sociology (University of Helsinki, 2014) and medical anthropology (University of Amsterdam, 2013) and he defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Tampere on September 20th, 2021. Aleksi's PhD research focused on cognitive enhancement drug use among students, microdosing psychedelics, and medical cannabis (Hupli 2021).

Aleksi has also worked at the University of Amsterdam as a research assistant in the European Research Council- funded Chemical Youth etnographic research project, as a Finnish country coordinator for Global Drug Survey, as an evaluation researcher for a Finnish cannabis mini-intervention project, and as a contract evaluator for the latest EU drugs strategy. He is also a member of the Drugs Expert Group of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs under the European Commission, an academic member of the Finnish Institute for Bioethics, and a board member of the Finnish Association for Humane Drug Policy.

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Yael Ben Horin Bio Photo

Yael Ben Horin

Yael graduated from her BA of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (2019) with a focus on Conflict Transformation, Anthropology of Migration and Anthropology of Religion. During her studies, she worked as a freelance interpreter and was an intern at Interface, an organization devoted to foster young migrants’ parity of participation in the Austrian society through language and educational courses and activities. Her role involved working directly with teenagers and young adults, tackling issues such as interpersonal conflicts and learning difficulties.

In 2021 she graduated cum laude from the MSc programme Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her master’s thesis, (In-)Visible Memories: A Study on Stories and Expressions of Intergenerational Trauma in Contemporary Israel, is an anthropological approach to local memory and storytelling practices linked to expressions of intergenerational trauma involving invisible agents. It was recently awarded with the second prize of the Mario Rutten Master Thesis Award.

Bernardo Couto Soares Bio Photo UvA MAS Alumni

J. Bernardo P. Couto Soares

Bernardo has a master's degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal), having conducted his thesis research in wildlife and conservation in cooperation with the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno (Czech Republic) and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). While writing the master thesis, he followed two Minors in Gender and Culture and another on Sexuality Studies at Radboud University (Netherlands), getting familiar with Feminist Standpoint Theory and Feminist Science Studies.

In preparation for a master's application, he attended disciplines within anthropology and philosophy within the same institution and winter and summer schools in research methods, such as those organized by the European Consortium for Political Research. These courses contributed to fulfilling the pre-requirements for the MSc in Sociology (Gender, Sexuality and Society track) at the University of Amsterdam. The thesis project about biomedical research aimed at accessing the transmission of COVID-19 between animals, particularly pet animals, and humans. Influenced by the work of Annemarie Mol, The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice (2002), the purpose of the research was to understand how the different veterinary specialists conceptualize the virus and animals' bodies.

As part of the master's in medical anthropology (MAS), he is currently conducting fieldwork in an animal shelter in which he is following the rehoming process of cats. This research intends to understand the different practices and logics involved from the cat entering the institution until the cat's adoption.

He has also developed a course entitled Posthumans in the Anthropocene at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, at the University of Amsterdam and was a board member of LOVA (Dutch Feminist Anthropology network). Currently, he is a board member of the network Young Feminist Ambassadors, an organization affiliated with the governmental organization Dutch Women's Council.

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Arianna Injeian

Arianna Injeian

Arianna Injeian is a current research assistant for the interdisciplinary GDC project between the humanities and AISSR departments. She holds a Master’s in Medical Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Her previous research explored equality, identity, and access to healthcare for female ex-combatants in Colombia. This work propelled her to continue working at the UvA and explore the many other sides of anthropology. She believes that as an anthropologist it is critical to work collaboratively amongst disciplines and is excited to do so with the GDC project.

Our Team

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Conor McCann Bio Photo

Conor McCann

In 2017, Conor McCann completed his bachelor’s studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver with a double major in Anthropology and Asian Studies. Inspired by a former professor and medical anthropologist, Conor enrolled in the MSc Medical Anthropology and Sociology Program at the University of Amsterdam. His thesis was on the informal distribution of clinical HIV testing technologies amongst urban, middle-class Tanzanian youth for self-testing purposes.

Since graduating in 2020, Conor has been involved in the Amsterdam Society for Medical Social Scientists, the precursor to the MAS Alumni Association. As an alumni, he has provided guest lectures on conducting anthropological research at a distance from the field and co-authored a manual on digital qualitative research conduct.

In 2021, Conor was a communications intern and junior project manager at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, where he helped organize two virtual events, INTEREST 2021, the premiere scientific conference for HIV in Africa, and EECA INTERACT, the first workshop on HIV and harm reduction in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Conor's prior exposure to drug-related health interventions in both Vancouver and Amsterdam, as well as his experiences facilitating on EECA INTERACT fostered a passion for harm reduction.

In August of 2022, Conor will begin his PhD studies at Emory University in Atlanta, where he aspires to study the health decision making of people who inject drugs (PWID) in Thailand, how they envision themselves and their needs, and how they construct communities to stake their claim to health.

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Jessica Love Bio Photo

Jessica Love

Jessica was driven by an innate sense of wonder and curiosity to explore the world. In 2008, she left her job in California, sold most of her possessions, and with her paraglider on her back boarded a one-way flight to India. Paragliding soon morphed into a nomadic profession as a tandem pilot and Jessica has since lived, traveled, and paraglided in over 25 countries. Paragliding in remote regions of the Himalayas exposed Jessica to poverty, human rights violations, global health issues, and the complexity of development. Her integration into these environments revealed the deep inequities that exist across social, cultural, political, geographical, and economic boundaries.

Her reaction to these injustices and curiosity inspired her to study Integrated Social Science at the University of Washington. Jessica focused her coursework around the thematic areas of diversity and global justice, health and risk, societies and environments, and inequalities and power relations. However, through the course "Anthropology and International Health," Jessica discovered her interest in the social aspects of Global Health which inspired her to complete the Masters of Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Jessica is currently working as a global health research assistant at the UvA in the anthropology department.

Aleksi Hupli Bio Photo UvA Mas Alumni

Aleksi Hupli

Aleksi has a master’s degrees in sociology (University of Helsinki, 2014) and medical anthropology (University of Amsterdam, 2013) and he defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Tampere on September 20th, 2021. Aleksi's PhD research focused on cognitive enhancement drug use among students, microdosing psychedelics, and medical cannabis (Hupli 2021).

Aleksi has also worked at the University of Amsterdam as a research assistant in the European Research Council- funded Chemical Youth etnographic research project, as a Finnish country coordinator for Global Drug Survey, as an evaluation researcher for a Finnish cannabis mini-intervention project, and as a contract evaluator for the latest EU drugs strategy. He is also a member of the Drugs Expert Group of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs under the European Commission, an academic member of the Finnish Institute for Bioethics, and a board member of the Finnish Association for Humane Drug Policy.

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Yael Ben Horin Bio Photo

Yael Ben Horin

Yael graduated from her BA of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (2019) with a focus on Conflict Transformation, Anthropology of Migration and Anthropology of Religion. During her studies, she worked as a freelance interpreter and was an intern at Interface, an organization devoted to foster young migrants’ parity of participation in the Austrian society through language and educational courses and activities. Her role involved working directly with teenagers and young adults, tackling issues such as interpersonal conflicts and learning difficulties.

In 2021 she graduated cum laude from the MSc programme Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her master’s thesis, (In-)Visible Memories: A Study on Stories and Expressions of Intergenerational Trauma in Contemporary Israel, is an anthropological approach to local memory and storytelling practices linked to expressions of intergenerational trauma involving invisible agents. It was recently awarded with the second prize of the Mario Rutten Master Thesis Award.

Bernardo Couto Soares Bio Photo UvA MAS Alumni

J. Bernardo P. Couto Soares

Bernardo has a master's degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal), having conducted his thesis research in wildlife and conservation in cooperation with the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno (Czech Republic) and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). While writing the master thesis, he followed two Minors in Gender and Culture and another on Sexuality Studies at Radboud University (Netherlands), getting familiar with Feminist Standpoint Theory and Feminist Science Studies.

In preparation for a master's application, he attended disciplines within anthropology and philosophy within the same institution and winter and summer schools in research methods, such as those organized by the European Consortium for Political Research. These courses contributed to fulfilling the pre-requirements for the MSc in Sociology (Gender, Sexuality and Society track) at the University of Amsterdam. The thesis project about biomedical research aimed at accessing the transmission of COVID-19 between animals, particularly pet animals, and humans. Influenced by the work of Annemarie Mol, The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice (2002), the purpose of the research was to understand how the different veterinary specialists conceptualize the virus and animals' bodies.

As part of the master's in medical anthropology (MAS), he is currently conducting fieldwork in an animal shelter in which he is following the rehoming process of cats. This research intends to understand the different practices and logics involved from the cat entering the institution until the cat's adoption.

He has also developed a course entitled Posthumans in the Anthropocene at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, at the University of Amsterdam and was a board member of LOVA (Dutch Feminist Anthropology network). Currently, he is a board member of the network Young Feminist Ambassadors, an organization affiliated with the governmental organization Dutch Women's Council.

UvA MAS Alumni Team Member Arianna Injeian

Arianna Injeian

Arianna Injeian is a current research assistant for the interdisciplinary GDC project between the humanities and AISSR departments. She holds a Master’s in Medical Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Her previous research explored equality, identity, and access to healthcare for female ex-combatants in Colombia. This work propelled her to continue working at the UvA and explore the many other sides of anthropology. She believes that as an anthropologist it is critical to work collaboratively amongst disciplines and is excited to do so with the GDC project.