Current and former academic positions
Since 1 September 2017, I am Professor of Politics & Governance at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG). I am chairing part of USG’s Department of Public Governance, am a member (and technical chair) of USG’s Executive Board, and am a member of USG’s research board.
Before joining Utrecht University, I was Professor of Political Decision-Making at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I also served as the Director of Research of that department, as Head of Studies Politics of the BSc program Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), and in that capacity was also a member of the management team the program’s John Stuart Mill College. Prior to my appointment as full professor, I was Assistant and Associate Professor in Comparative Politics and PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Recent research project
I was the principal investigator and project leader of the 5-year research program HIGH-RISK POLITICS, funded by a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) that ran between 2012-2017. You can read more about this project on the page Research or on the project’s website www.highriskpolitics.org.
Other executive positions & memberships (selection)
I am senior associate editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Political Decisionmaking: an exciting project that is part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia Politics’ series. I am also a senior member of the Netherlands Institute of Government, of which I am also a board member; former board member of the Dutch Association of Political Science (2009-2015); member of the Advisory Board of Compasss, member of the working group Algorithmic Analytic Approaches of the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, member of the Social Sciences Council of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW), and alumna of the Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the KNAW.
2008 Ph.D. in Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (cum laude, with distinction)
2003 M.Sc. in Political Science, University of Amsterdam
2002 M.A. in Economics, University of Amsterdam
2001 Minor Labour Studies, University of Amsterdam
My full CV can be downloaded here (version from February 2021).