Naomi Oosterman is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies and an affiliated researcher of the research group Heritage under Threat; part of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development. Her research interests cover the illicit trade in arts and antiquities (with a particular focus on Latin America), the policing of art and heritage crime, and the concepts of critical heritage and coloniality and decoloniality. She is the editor (with Dr. Donna Yates, Maastricht University) of the volumes Crime and art: Sociological and criminological perspectives of crimes in the art world and Art Crime in Context. Currently she is working on a volume (with Camila Malig Jedlicki and Dr. Rodrigo Christofoletti) titled Negotiating decolonisation in Latin America: Colonial heritage, conflict, and contestation set to be published mid-2023.
Naomi teaches a wide range of courses on social sciences methods and supervises bachelor and master theses. In 2021, together with Dr. Delia Dumitrica (Department of Media and Communication) she was awarded a Comenius Senior Fellowship for the project Adaptive digital environments for qualitative research learning. The projects centers around the development and use of Digital Learning Objects to foster and strengthen students' knowledge and skills concerning methods of qualitative research
Naomi Oosterman studied Social Work (BA, 2010, cum laude) at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam; Arts and Culture Studies (MA, 2013) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Social Research (MA, 2014) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed her PhD in Criminology at the Department of Sociology at City, University of London (2014-2019).