Marieke is a lecturer and researcher with a special interest in issues of minority ‘formation’ and experiences of individuals who are considered to belong to a minority. In what you might call a ‘previous life’, she graduated in Applied Physics from the University of Twente (The Netherlands). After working as a management consultant, she made the switch to Gender Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she graduated cum laude in 2006. In the summer of 2014, Marieke joined the University of Leiden, where she teaches courses on research methodology. She also works as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam.
Recently, Marieke finished her PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam about the ethnic identification of upwardly mobile individuals with ethnic minority backgrounds, titled: Soulmates. Reinvention of ethnic identification among higher educated second generation Moroccan and Turkish Dutch. In previous projects she focused on processes of radicalization and of deradicalization.