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Biography

I am a feminist historian of late colonial Indonesia, with special interest in research on the crossroads of gender studies, the history of childhood in colonial contexts, and comparative histories of Southeast Asia. Since September 2015, I have been working on my doctoral project ‘Indigenous Girlhoods and Education in the Netherlands Indies, ca. 1880-1940’ at the European University Institute. The project proposes a new and innovative view on education in colonial Indonesia.

I hold a BA in History from the University of Groningen (2013) and a ResMA in Global and Colonial History from Leiden University (2015). I also followed a minor on gender and postcoloniality in the ResMa Gender and Ethnicity at Utrecht University (2013-2015).  

My ResMA research in Jakarta was supported by a scholarship of the Leiden University Fund (LUF). I was subsequently nominated for the Janneke Fruin-Helb Grant, the annual award for the most innovative research plan supported by LUF. In 2017, I received a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds research grant for a three-month research trip. So far, I have spent three extended stays in Indonesia, which brought me from Sumatra to Flores. 

Together with Ismay Milford, I am the initiator of the EUI Imperial History Working Group. I was also a member of the organisational committee for the 11th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH). In collaboration with colleagues from Wageningen University and Utrecht University, I co-hosted a workshop on gender, education and colonialism at EUI in October 2017.

In 2018, I will spend four months as an affiliated fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden.

Apart from English, Dutch and Bahasa Indonesia, my working languages are German, French and Italian.