Eefje Steenvoorden is Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Her research focuses on social divisions in political attitudes, such as societal pessimism, political trust and political identification, and political behaviour, such as voting behaviour and political participation.
She obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam (2016), in cooperation with The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). Her dissertation examines the conceptualization, causes, correlates and consequences of societal pessimism. It was awarded with the Jaarprijs Politicologie 2017, a prize for the best dissertation written by a Dutch or Flemish researcher abroad or a researcher at a Dutch or Belgian university. During her PhD project, she was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and American University, for which she received a Fulbright grant (2013). Previously, she was a researcher of public opinion at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP). Her master thesis, which studied the educational gap in female labour market participation, was honoured with the NIDI thesis award for Dutch demographic thesis in the previous 2 years (2008).