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My research interests include violence, morality, human rights, Latin America, visual anthropology and phenomonolgy. I have done long-term fieldwork in Venezuela and Argentina. My new research focuses on the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, natural resources and refugees in the neigboring countries for which I was awarded the Independent Social Research Foundation Political Economy Research Fellowship

My monograph Phenomenal Justice. Violence and Morality in Argentina received the international award Outstanding Academic Title 2020 and is shortlisted for the Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America (result January 2021) 

Personal information

The professional is personal. That's what represents me best as an academic. The combination of fieldwork, writing, and filming are my personal blend of doing anthropology. My regional interests and experiences are definitely Latin America, with a focus on large cities. In total I lived for more than 10 years in Venezuela and Argentina. I am co-founder of the cultural platform DoKumento and editor of the Dutch anthropological journal Etnofoor.


My teaching experiences range from ethnographic methods, violence and trauma, multimedia,film and creative writing, and introductory courses in Cultural Anthropology and Latin America and the Caribbean. 


In 2006, I received a Bachelor degree in Language and Culture Studies, with a specialization in Latin American Culture at Utrecht University. My Master degree (2007) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is also from Utrecht University . In 2016, I  received my Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropoly at Utrecht University for ethnographic research on trials for crimes against humanity in Argentina.

Prizes and Awards

Kitty van der Vliet Diversity Essay Award, International School of Philosophy (ISVW)

Een kwestbaar besef was one of the five awarded essays on learning from history, 2020

Camera Interactiva, Centre of Humanities, Utrecht University

Paper paradise was awared second best storytelling media project, Utrecht, 2015

Nominee for Servicio2 best short documentary

Selected by International Film Festival ‘Mujeres en Foco’, Buenos Aires, 2010

Nieboer Masterthesis Award 2007

Issued by the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University, 2008


Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF)

Political Economy Fellowship, August 2020

Institute for Societal Resilience

Seed money for new research, December 2020

National Network for Female Professors (LNVH)

Travel grant 'Distinguished Women Scientist Fund', December 2018

Institute for Societal Resilience

Travel grant for new research, December 2018

Culture, Citizenship, and Human Rights

Seed money for grant writing, October 2017

J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting

Funding for the printing costs of the dissertation, February 2016

Camera Interactiva, Centre of Humanities, Utrecht University

Funding post-production costs documentary Het Papierparadijs, 2015

AMIDILA, Erasmus Mundus Programme

Doctorate exchange to Universidad Nacional de Misones, Argentina, issued by University of Bologna, 2015 

Dutch Embassy in Venezuela

Funding post-production costs documentary Servico2, 2009

Cultuurfonds Gemeente Utrecht

Funding production costs documentary Servico2, 2008


Funding production costs documentary Servico2, 2008


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User created Keywords

  • anthropology
  • emotion
  • military culture
  • visual anthropology
  • Latin America
  • documentary
  • morality


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