As Assistant Professor in the department of Language, Literature, and Communication at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I am a member of the Language and Communication research group and I teach on the programme in Communication and Information Studies in the Faculty of Humanities.
My research focuses on how language is used in everyday domestic and institutional interactions to construct and manage psychological topics, relevancies, and outcomes, with a view to developing practical applications and communication training. Drawing on a range of interactional methods – discursive psychology, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, and membership categorisation analysis – I have examined, for example, how first impressions authenticate assessments, how persuasion and resistance are practically accomplished in sales calls, and how accusations of mansplaining are constructed and dealt with across different institutional settings.
My background is in sociology and psychology and I hold PhDs in Sociology from the University of Bucharest (2013) and in Social Psychology from Loughborough University (2018).