Currently, I’m a lecturer at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, and a lecturer in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University. Previously, I was a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Groningen, and a teaching assistant at the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds.
In 2018 I successfully defended my PhD thesis Modelling Friendship between Elite Political Actors: Interpreting the Relationships of Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing, Kohl and Mitterrand, Thatcher and Reagan, and Bush and Major at the University of Leeds, under the supervision of Graham M. Smith and Simon Lightfoot. My thesis was awarded several prizes, both by the University of Leeds and the White Rose University Consortium, including the University Research Scholarship of the University of Leeds.
My research focuses on the role of friendship in contemporary political history, with a specialisation in the role of emotions in politics, specifically regarding friendship between state leaders in contemporary history. Publications can be found in a wide variety of scientific outlets including the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Political Psychology, AMITY: The Journal of Friendship Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, International Affairs, Political Studies Review, and Politics and Governance.