Femke Kaulingfreks (1981) received her Masters degree in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and completed her PhD at the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht in 2013. Her dissertation consisted of an interdisciplinary research into the political meaning of public disturbances and urban violence caused by adolescents with an immigrant background from deprived neighborhoods in France and the Netherlands.
A monograph based on her dissertation, entitled “Uncivil Engagement and Unruly Politics” is now published by Palgrave MacMillan. More information about the book can be found here.
In 2015 Femke was a visiting scholar at the Center for Research on Social Change, University of California, Berkeley. She currently works as a postdoc at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
As a freelance researcher Femke specialises in doing ethnographic field work and evaluation research with youth. She cooperated with partners such as Forum: Dutch Institute for Multicultural Issues, Hivos (Dutch organization in development cooperation), the Municipality of Amsterdam, Vrijwilligers Centrale Amsterdam (Association of Volunteers Amsterdam) and de Doetank.
Besides her teaching and research work Femke regularly organizes youth exchange projects and is engaged in activism related to housing, migration and social justice issues.