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Steven is a PhD candidate in political science and a junior lecturer for the VU’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) BSc program. He is interested in mixed-method and interdisciplinary research, and in how events from the (distant) past influence social/political attitudes and behaviors in the present day. His current research uses quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate World War II’s influence on 21st-century politics in the Netherlands.


At the VU, Steven has led seminars for the following undergraduate courses:

  • International Relations and Global Governance
  • European Union Institutions, Politics, and Policy
  • Welfare State Reform Politics
  • History of Philosophy I
  • Philosophy of Science
  • PPE in Practice III: Governance for Society
  • PPE in Practice IV: Connected World

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Academic qualification

Philosophy, Bachelor, Cornell University

European Studies, Master, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Philosophy, Master, University of Göttingen

Political Science, Master, University of Washington