Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
My research interests lie broadly in interethnic contact, processes of social in- and exclusion, and intergroup hostility and reconciliation. For more information, go to 'Research'.
I am a social scientist and I obtained my PhD on December 6, 2006. The title of my dissertation is: "Ethnic diversity at work. Diversity attitudes and experiences in Dutch organizations."
2004 - present Assistant professor, Tilburg University (Department of Humanities), 1 fte, tenured
2003 - 2004 Project manager, Palet (Institute for Multicultural Development, Noord-Brabant), 0.4 fte, tenured
2000 - 2005 PhD-student, Tilburg University, first 3 years 1 fte, last 2 years 0.6 fte, fixed-term
2000 Researcher, Leiden University (African Studies Center), 0.8 fte, fixed-term
1999 Researcher, Leiden University (Institute of Environmental Sciences), 0.8 fte, fixed-term
1999 Researcher, Tilburg University (Department of Humanities) 1.0 fte, fixed-term
My research interests lie broadly in intercultural communication, processes of social in- and exclusion, and intergroup hostility and reconciliation. In my PhD research, I examined the factors that promote or hamper effective communication and cooperation between ethnic minority and majority employees in Dutch organizations. Since obtaining my doctorate in December 2006, I have been involved in various research projects. I have conducted a series of studies on the quality of ethnic minority members? daily interethnic interactions in different European countries (The Netherlands, Germany, and Poland). I have also conducted several studies to examine how people respond to being excluded or rejected. For example, I have conducted a series of studies among ethnic minority and majority group members in the Netherlands to examine under what circumstances exclusion or rejection may result in aggression, intergroup hostility, and (religious) radicalization. In addition, I have examined what can be done to prevent such negative responses. Furthermore, I have conducted several studies on how ethnic minority members? deal with injustice and discrimination, and how this affects their psychological health. More recently, I have started doing research on the factors that promote interpersonal and intergroup reconciliation.
Direct and indirect funding
* Grant from the province Noord-Brabant (Netherlands) to validate an instrument to measure social exclusion and discrimination, 2008, 24.825,-
* Grant from the province Noord-Brabant (Netherlands) to develop an instrument to measure social exclusion and discrimination, 2007, 24.780,-
Schaafsma, J., & Williams, K. D. (2008, July). Ostracism and ethnic group membership: Aggression and fundamentalism. Paper presented at the XVIII meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Budapest, Hungary.
Schaafsma, J., Nezlek, J. B., Krejtz, I., & Safron, M. (2007, October). Naturally occurring inter- and intraethnic social interactions and ethnocultural identification: Muslim minorities in Europe. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Chicago, USA.
Schaafsma, J., & Williams, K. D. (2006, July). Ostracism and ethnic group membership. Paper presented at the XVII meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Minneapolis, USA.
Schaafsma, J., & Nezlek, J. B. (2006, July). Acculturation and daily interactions: Turks and Moroccans in The Netherlands. Paper presented at the XVIII International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spetses, Greece.
Schaafsma, J. (2004, August). Cultural diversity at work: Diversity attitudes of ethnic minority and majority members in Dutch organizations. Paper presented at the XVII International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Xi'an, China.
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Last amended: 11 October 2013