About me

I am an assistant professor in sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an associate member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I have a PhD in Sociology from the VU University Amsterdam and an MSc in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Utrecht University. Previously I was a Senior Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Centre, and a Research Officer and Departmental Lecturer on the MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.

My research interests are immigration and integration policies, immigrant integration, citizenship, identity, migrant families, and research methodology. Most of my work takes an international comparative perspective. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods. One of the issues I focus on is the role of national level policies. Perceived failure of immigrant integration is often blamed on policies. I am interested in studying to what extent and in what ways policies actually affect immigrant integration. I am furthermore interested in studying policy formation. Which actors and developments play a role in the policy making process?

My teaching interests are research methods and statistics. I enjoy thinking about ways to encourage student learning and help students become critical consumers and producers of social scientific research. In 2014, I was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by the Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford. In 2014 and 2015 I was also short-listed for the Most Acclaimed Lecturer award of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU). Both were in recognition of my teaching on research methods and statistics.  You can find the syllabi and teaching materials in the ‘teaching’ section of this site.

For more information, see my full CV.