I'm a professor of politics at the University of Leuven in Belgium (KU Leuven), where I'm affiliated with LINES (Leuven International and European Studies) and the Centre for Research on Peace and Development. Previously, I was a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
My academic work has appeared in a wide range of books and journals, including The European Journal of Sociology, Europe-Asia Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and East European Politics and Societies. I'm an associate editor of Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity and serve as a member of the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.
I'm also a board member of PEN-Vlaanderen, the Flemish branch of PEN International, and I serve on the editorial board of Karakter, a Dutch-language journal that publishes articles about all aspects of science. I've published essays and work of literary non-fiction in Dutch in magazines as Karakter and DWB, and in English in Spolia and McSweeney's.
KEY ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
Backdoor Nationalism (with Jon Fox), European Journal of Sociology, 52(2), 2010, 325-357.
Reframing the Roma: EU Initiatives and the Politics of Reinterpretation, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 38(8), 2012, 1195-1212.
Governing Human Rights and Roma Inclusion: Can the EU be a Catalyst for Local Social Change? (with Eva Sobotka), Human Rights Quarterly, 34(3), 2012, 800-822.
Nationalism and Political Competition in Central Europe: the Case of Poland, Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, 41(1), 2013, 128-145.