I am a Senior Researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.
My research focuses on migration policy development and immigrant integration, in particular citizenship, identity, migrant families. Most of my work takes an international comparative perspective.
In 2017 I was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for the RIGHTS project (2018-2023). This project takes a novel approach to the issue of low skilled migrants’ rights by examining the influence of the governments of origin countries.
Most of my teaching has been on 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.
I obtained a PhD in Sociology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an MSc in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Utrecht University. Previously I was an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, a Research Officer and Departmental Lecturer on the MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford and an associate member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford and a Senior Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Centre.
For more information, see my full CV.