I am an assistant professor Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University van Amsterdam. My research mainly focuses on the content and effects of online communication in a political context.
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In 2007, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Utrecht University. In 2008, I finished my Master’s degree Policy Analyses and Organizations at Utrecht University. Between 2008 and 2010, I worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL). Between 2011 and 2014, I wrote a dissertation about online political communication and its effects on citizens’ political involvement at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam.
In my dissertation, I examined to what extent the Internet influences citizens’ involvement in politics. For instance, how politicians and parties use websites and social media for political purposes. In my dissertation, I also investigated how the use of social media and websites affected citizens. For instance, whether citizens became more interested in politics or were more likely to vote during an election due to exposure to social media. In short, few people are politically active online. However, more positively, I also found that specific forms of online communication and specific communication strategies have a small and positive effect on citizens’ political involvement (see Dutch and English summary).
I am currently co-chair of the political communication division of the Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association.