Eefje Steenvoorden is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on social divisions in political attitudes and political behavior in European countries. Topics include political trust, societal pessimism, political identification, and political and civic participation.
She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, in cooperation with The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). In her dissertation she examined the conceptualization, causes, correlates and consequences of societal pessimism. It was awarded with the Jaarprijs Politicologie 2017, a prize for the best dissertation written by a Dutch or Flemish researcher abroad or a researcher at a Dutch or Belgian university. During her PhD project, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and American University. She received her MSc. in Socology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (cum laude). Her master thesis, which studied the educational gap in female labour market participation, was honoured with the NIDI thesis award for Dutch demographic thesis in the previous 2 years (2008).