• 2019 PhD, Utrecht University, NL.
  • 2009 MPhil in Religions & Theology, The University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2006 Drs (BA&MA) in Theology, Theological University Kampen, NL.
  • 1998 Diploma (University Preparatory Education, Gymnasium Alpha), Reformed Comprehensive School Randstad, Rotterdam, NL.

Postgraduate academic courses

  • 2009-2016 Research seminars, conferences and masterclasses at the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER).
  • 2014 Summer Seminar on Debates about Religion and Sexuality at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • 2007-2008 MA Seminars at The University of Manchester, UK.


  • 2017-present Executive Secretary, Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER), Nijmegen.
  • 2013-2017 PhD Candidate (promovendus), Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.
  • 2009-2012 Project manager Christian LGBT emancipation, LKP, Amsterdam.
  • 2009 Teacher in Religious Education, Veluws College Walterbosch, Apeldoorn.
  • 2007 Teacher in Philosophy, Greijdanus College, Zwolle.
  • 2006 Guest lecturer in Pastoral Care, Reformed College of Higher Education, Zwolle.



  • 2015-present International Association for the study of Religion and Gender (IARG).
  • 2013-present American Academy of Religion (AAR).
  • 2009-present Society for the Study of Theology (SST).

Key publications

  • “Sexual and Religious Regimes of the Self in Dutch Discourses about Homosexuality: A Queer Theological Analysis and Alternative.” International Journal of Public Theology 12, no. 3-4 (2018), 353-378.
  • “The Pope, the Gays, and the Dutch: Dutch Secular Responses to Pope Benedict XVI When Homosexuality Seems at Stake.” Culture and Religion 19, no. 1 (2018), 40-61.
  • (Ruard Ganzevoort & Marco Derks), “Unnatural Ties: How Adoption Queers the Family.” In A Graceful Embrace: Theological Reflections on Adopting Children, eds. John Swinton & Brian Brock. Theology in Practice, Vol. 4. Leiden etc.: Brill, 2017.
  • “Conscientious Objectors and the Marrying Kind: Rights and Rites in Dutch Public Discourse on Marriage Registrars with Conscientious Objections against Conducting Same-Sex Weddings.” Theology & Sexuality 23, no. 1 (2017), 209-228.
  • “‘If I Be Shaven Then My Strength Will Go From Me’: A Queer Reading of the Samson Narrative.” Biblical Interpretation 23, no. 4-5 (2015), 553-573.