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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. I have been working on my doctoral project ‘Indigenous Girlhoods and Education in the Netherlands Indies, ca. 1880-1940’ at the European University Institute since September 2015.

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. So far, I have spent three extended stays in Indonesia, which brought me from Sumatra to Flores. 

While at EUI, my colleague Ismay Milford and me initiated the EUI Imperial History Working Group. I was also a member of the organisational committee for the 2017 Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH). In collaboration Wageningen University and Utrecht University, I hosted a workshop on gender, education and colonialism at EUI in October 2017.

In 2018 I spent four months as an affiliated fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden. During my fellowship, I acted as a guest lecturer in two BA-level courses on Dutch imperial heritage and colonial source material at Leiden University. In the academic year 2018-2019 I was a teaching assistant for Gender and Sexuality departmental seminar at EUI.