About Me

I am a lecturer in International Relations and (part-time) doctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition to teaching and research, I coordinate our bachelor and master programs in Political Science and the LLM Law and Politics of International Security. Moreover, I sit on the board of the Dutch chapter of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

My current (doctoral) research project focuses on the causes of nuclear, chemical, and biological proliferation. This project is predicated on the assumption that states’ decisions to pursue or give up weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is shaped by a complex constellation of pressures and constraints. To unravel the proliferation puzzle, I use configurational Boolean methods such as Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Coincidence Analysis (CNA) to assess which causal pathways lead to decisions of proliferation and restraint.

My academic and professional background is rather diverse. I received my bachelor in International Business Administration at Vrije Universiteit. During my undergraduate studies I worked as a management consultant in the steel industry. I also co-founded a foundation that provided legal support and advice to Dutch 1F asylum seekers and did a full-time board year at United Netherlands (a student-led foundation at Radboud University), where I taught my first university course (on the United Nations and multilateral diplomacy). After completing my bachelor, I followed a year-long pre-master program in Political Science and went on to obtain an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security (cum laude).