Photograph: Manon van der Zwaal

I’m a journalist and writer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. As the Care Correspondent at online journalism platform De Correspondent, I write about the various forms care can take, what it does for us, and what we need in order to take good care. Before care, I wrote about culture, and in a way I still do; after all, the way we understand and practice care is conditioned, in large part, by our culture – as well as by economics, psychology, biology and history. From September 2021 through January 2022 I’ll be working on a book about care as the journalist in residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.

My first book, Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child, was published in the US and the UK in April 2021. 

Before De Correspondent, I wrote for various Dutch outlets, including de Volkskrant, NRC Handelslblad, and De Groene Amsterdammer. I’m an alum of the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and from 2006-2012 I studied at Columbia University, where I pursued a PhD at the Journalism School. I graduated in 2016, with a dissertation on photography as a new medium and new profession in the nineteenth-century United States. I’m still crazy about nineteenth-century photographs.