Elaine Van Dalen could cut off my limbs piece by piece and I would thank her for her time. She is such a nice person, clearly LOVES what she does, and is enthusiastic about literally everything she talks about. Clearly one of the best professors in the MESAAS department.
My biggest criticism of her was that she would allow anyone to say anything, which included a lot of racist and orientalist perspectives which would leave the POC students in a position of defending their livelihoods and existence. It's because she wants the class to be as open as possible but it often backfires and she didn't stop any of them. But this is not to persuade anyone to NOT take her class, I would take every one of my classes with her if I could.
I also want to say that she is a very fair grader, and she is kind and compassionate. Like she actually cares about you and wants to make sure your mental wellbeing is at a stable place, unlike many professors at this godforsaken institution.
100/10 would recommend. Queen.