Bowles Hall Live-In Faculty

Our residential college experience is guided by a professional team that lives in-residence alongside students. Working closely with the Bowles Hall Foundation Board of Directors as well as an active alumni group, this leadership group guides residents towards achieving success both on and off campus – staying on track academically, promoting readiness for advanced studies and/or careers, and becoming meaningful contributors to society.

Dennis Lieu Bowles Hall

Dennis K. Lieu, PhD

College Principal

Prof. Dennis Lieu has been the Principal of Bowles Hall since 2017. He is primarily responsible for all administrative functions in Bowles. Dr. Lieu received his BS, MS, and DEng degrees from UC Berkeley and has been a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for 31 years. He teaches courses in visualization, computer-aided design, engineering graphics, and animation. His research focus is the design of electro-mechanical devices, and the design of sports equipment. He holds a 4th degree black belt in taekwondo and was a martial arts instructor for 10 years with the UC Martial Arts Program. Dr. Lieu is also an avid archer, and was the head coach of the UC Berkeley Archery Team for 9 years. Dr. Lieu lives in Bowles Hall with his wife Janice.

As our College Principal, Prof. Lieu, serves as our foremost academic leader, working to ensure the successful implementation of a wide array of programs and services that support the College in fulfilling its goals, including enrichment programs, traditions and resident self-government. Serving as our official representative to the University’s Administration and Academic Senate, he also plays a key role in identifying and hosting guest speakers and visitors who may have temporary residence in the Hall.

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Antje Postema, PhD

Dean of Students

Dr Antje Postema has been at Bowles since January 2019. As Dean of Students, her primary purview is academic advising and programing, as well as career guidance. She also heads up alumni outreach with the aim of bringing together Bowlesfolk from all eras. Dr Postema is an active presence in the Hall, sharing meals with residents, accompanying them on trips into SF, and mentoring them through the challenges they face as Cal students and young adults.

On campus, Dr Postema is a Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, where she teaches all levels of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language, as well as courses on Yugoslav literature, graphic novels, childhood in literature, and émigré writing. Dr Postema grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Before joining the faculty at Cal, she received her BA and PhD from the University of Chicago. Dr Postema’s research focuses on representations of traumatic memory in Southeast European literature, film, and public spheres. She conducts annual field research in Bosnia and Serbia and is currently completing a book on postwar Bosnian memory cultures. Dr Postema’s work has been supported by a number of grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship and several US Department of State and Department of Education grants.

Dr Postema is a voracious reader and a podcast fanatic. She loves hiking and exploring her new home state of California with her fiancé, Gerry. You will invariably see Dr Postema zipping around on her bike, usually with a full cup of coffee balanced on her handlebars.


Sophie Cushman

Program Director

Sophie Cushman is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology. Before coming to Berkeley, she received her BA in Classics and Art History from Tulane University. She then completed the Post-Baccalaureate degree in Classical Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, and she received her MA from Berkeley in May 2018. Sophie has excavated throughout Greece, and currently works as a supervisor on Berkeley’s excavations and archaeological field school at the sites of Nemea, Mycenae, and Aidonia in the northeast Peloponnese. She is a Graduate Student Instructor in Classics and teaches courses on Greek and Roman culture as well as Latin.


Sophie was recently appointed Program Director in Spring 2020. As Program Director, Sophie hopes to be an academic, professional, and personal resource for Bowles residents and to collaborate closely with residents to maintain and develop a range of programs, committees, and activities that reflect the broad and diverse interests and talents of Bowles Hall residents.


When she is not in the field or in the library, Sophie enjoys reading historical fiction and fantasy, crossword puzzles, running, and exploring northern California with friends and family.