I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). In 2013, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (cum laude) at Tilburg University, and in 2015, I obtained a Master of Science degree in Social Psychology (cum laude) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In autumn 2018, I conducted research at Stanford University as a visiting PhD scholar.
My PhD research is dedicated to shedding light on the causes and consequences of homogeneity in personal networks. I investigate how homogeneity in a wide range of characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, income, age) emerges within personal networks. I also explore the extent to which this network homogeneity contributes to inequality with regard to life chances and health/ wellbeing. Much of my work focuses on neighborhoods, because neighborhoods are an important social context where individuals socialize and form relationships. Neighborhoods are also a social context with great potential for developing and testing interventions that aim to foster intergroup contact. Because of my background in social psychology, my work is inspired by a blend of social psychological and sociological theories.
Next to my research, I am a passionate teacher in our Sociology Bachelor's program, which is well-reflected in exellent teaching evaluations of the courses Education, Stratifiation and Life Courses and Mixed Methods. I have been actively contributing to the PhD community at the AISSR by founding and leading the PhD Club Quantitative Inequality and Network Research (2015-present), organizing the PhD weekend 2016, and serving as PhD representative of the program group Institutions, Inequalities and Life Courses at the AISSR in 2018/2019.
Promoters: Prof. Dr. Beate Volker and Dr. Bram Lancee.