About me

I am currently an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law.

I received the PhD scholarship at the European University Institute in Florence in 2017. I’m researching the notion of identity and belonging in human rights law, combining legal and theoretical methodology. My research interests include human rights, social theory, (psychological) citizenship, sense of belonging, and the role of emotions in democracy. In 2019, I was a visiting researcher at New York University School of Law.

Before the EUI, I was a junior lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and worked with the Dutch State Attorney. I authored ‘Human Rights and the Excess of Identity: A Legal and Theoretical Inquiry into the Notion of Identity in Strasbourg Case Law’ in Social & Legal Studies.

I hold a cum laude LLM in Constitutional and Administrative Law and MA in Philosophy of Law from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My thesis on the notion of vulnerability in human rights law was awarded the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award and the Jan Brouwer Award for best thesis in the field of human rights in the Netherlands and Belgium and was cited in a report by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. In 2016, I completed the MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, gaining a distinction for my thesis on social citizenship and higher education reforms.

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