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Meet the people

Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies (MSc)

Academic staff

The programme director is dr. Marguerite van den Berg.

dr. M.A. (Marguerite) van den Berg

Track coordinator Social Problems and Social Policy

Lecturers

dr. A. (Apostolos) Andrikopoulos

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging

prof. dr. P.T. (Paul) de Beer

Faculty of Law

Labour Law

Dr J.W. (Janna) Besamusca

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses

dr. D.J. (David) Bos

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

prof. dr. S.A.E. (Sarah) Bracke

Track coordinator Gender, Sexuality and Society

dr. P.R. (Patrick) Brown

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

dr. J.J. (Johan) De Deken

Track coordinator Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies

Dr K. (Kobe) De Keere

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Cultural Sociology

prof. dr. H.G. (Hein) de Haas

Track coordinator Migration and Ethnic Studies

Dr M.A. (Margriet) van Heesch

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

WP Groep: Docenten Sociologie

dr. C. (Chip) Huisman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Cultural Sociology

dr. M.P.C. (Marie-Louise) Janssen

Track coordinator Gender, Sexuality and Society

Dr P.J. (Pamela) Prickett

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

dr. O. (Olga) Sezneva

Track coordinator Urban Sociology

prof. dr. O.J.M. (Olav) Velthuis

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Cultural Sociology

dr. A.T. (Alex) van Venrooij

Track coordinator Cultural Sociology

Ms S. (Simona) Vezzoli

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

prof. dr. H.G. (Herman) van de Werfhorst

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Institutions, Inequalities and Life courses

Students

Dana Saxon
Dana Saxon

Dana Saxon

'At the UvA, I quickly realised that I was surrounded by bright, determined, and richly experienced classmates who have had just as much (if not more) to teach me as I have to share with them. And since the UvA provides a diverse, international classroom setting, I have had the unique opportunity to participate in discussions and debates about issues, such as ethnicity, gender, and migration, that have influenced and affected many of us differently in our various corners of the world.'

  • Read more from Dana Saxon

    My name is Dana Saxon and I come from The United States of America. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., and I completed my Bachelor's in Africana Studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, back in 2000. 

    As this degree is my third, it wasn't part of the original plan of my career trajectory. But after receiving my law degree in 2003 and working in the nonprofit sector for about seven years, my indirect path led me back to university. Initially, I chose the University of Amsterdam because it provided a relevant programme in a city that I love.

    'The UvA provides a diverse, international classroom setting'

    At the UvA, I quickly realised that I was surrounded by bright, determined, and richly experienced classmates who have had just as much (if not more) to teach me as I have to share with them. And since the UvA provides a diverse, international classroom setting, I have had the unique opportunity to participate in discussions and debates about issues, such as ethnicity, gender, and migration, that have influenced and affected many of us differently in our various corners of the world.

    'If all goes well and according to plan, my thesis research will serve as the foundation for launching a nonprofit organisation'

    And, lucky for me, with several years of combined personal and professional experience, pursuing this Master has come with more clarity and purpose than my earlier degrees. And this is because I know the direction my career will take when my studies are complete. If all goes well and according to plan, my thesis research will serve as the foundation for launching a nonprofit organisation that will serve communities of African descent throughout the world, researching ancestry and providing rare opportunities for young people to travel and gain knowledge of their family histories.

    'My thesis focused on the disconnect from history and ancestry experienced by Afro-Surinamese people living in the Netherlands'

    In pursuit of this goal, my thesis focused on the disconnect from history and ancestry experienced by Afro-Surinamese people living in the Netherlands, connecting it to the long-term effects of slavery, colonialism, and post-colonial migrations. And as I learn and uncover more about the Afro-Surinamese experience, I see clear similarities with other populations of the African Diaspora that descend from survivors of slavery, making the research generally applicable to my career goals, and quite simply fascinating.

    And all of this was on top of receiving support and guidance from quality and engaged professors.

    'I would warn those without much of a plan: create one before diving in'

    But as with any academic experience, you get out of the MES programme what you put in and what you desire. No hand-holding takes place, meaning research interests and designs are entirely up to us as students. This has worked perfectly for me as preferably independent student. But I would warn those without much of a plan: create one before diving in. Otherwise, the semesters will fly by without your thesis research going anywhere (a problem experienced by even the most focused and determined among us). But knowing what I wanted, professors have directed me to an invaluable, local internship opportunity, introduced me to important players in the field, and enthusiastically supported my efforts.

    I have been fortunate to have had my expectations exceeded, with invaluable learning opportunities, long-lasting professional connections, and many new, life-long friendships. I would say: I made the right choice.

Study associations 

To meet fellow students and take part in social and study-related activities, you can become a member of a study association, join events organised by MasCot or visit the UvA's Sports Centre or CREA.

MasCot

GSSS MasCot is a student-based organisation that is actively engaged in internationalisation within the UvA. The organisation was founded in 2014 upon initiative from the BOS (Board of Studies) students of the UvA Graduate School of Social Sciences. MasCot operates independently for, and within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Today, MasCot is more active than ever.

The GSSS aims for an international and diverse student population. Beyond offering Master students good education and future career prospects, international students at the GSSS need to feel welcome, and establish social networks to feel related here at the UvA. It is with this goal in mind, that MasCot bridges the gap between international and Dutch students, by organising social, educational and career events for all Master Students at the GSSS.

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Each discipline within the Graduate School of Social Sciences has its own student association. These associations organise social and study related events and often play an important role in department and faculty committees.

Anthropology - Kwakiutl

Geography and Planning - Sarphati

Political Science - Machiavelli

Sociology - Sociologisch EpiCentrum

Sport, culture and other student organisations

If you would like to go to a sports & fitness centre before or after class, you can visit the University Sports Centre (USC). Or would you rather take up a creative course in photography or theatre for example? Then visit CREA, the cultural organisation of the UvA.

For other options to meet fellow students, check the list with student organisations.

www.usc.uva.nl

www.crea.uva.nl

Other international student organisations at UvA