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I am Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and am co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies. Since 2020 I am member of The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and since 2022 I am the vice-chair of The Young Academy. I am also an elected board member to the European Consortium of Sociological Research, a consortium consisting of 90 leading European research institutes and university departments across 26 European countries.
My research focuses on inequality in education, the labor market, and science. I want to understand how inequalities between groups arise, and why individuals with similar capacities end up having very different trajectories in their life courses. In my current research projects I am for example interested in understanding how the linkage between school and work affects labor market outcomes in the short- and longterm, or how scientists’ careers diverge. I also worked extensively on the effects of school closures for the inequality in educational opportunities.
In 2020 I received an ERC Starting Grant for CAREER, a project in which I aim to investigate how the changing labor market affects the career returns to general and vocational education. I am currently also involved in a large interdisciplinary Gravitation project (GUTS), and a NCO grant that facilitates data collection in the transition from primary to secondary school in the Netherlands.
On this website you will find my CV, my publications, and links to the replication files for my recent papers.