2016     Diploma in Ceramics, TAFE, Hornsby.

2005      PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen. Financed by a grant from The Netherlands Organisation for Tropical Research (WOTRO). PhD-thesis: ‘Engendering objects. Barkcloth and the dynamics of identity in Papua New Guinea.’ Published in 2013 by Sidestone Press.

1997     Doctoral Theoretical Archaeology, University of Leiden. MA-thesis: ‘Where are the objects? Analogical inference and the allocation of meaning and order in Lapita, Dongson and Lake Sentani art.’

1996     Doctoral Cultural Anthropology, University of Leiden and Nijmegen. MA-thesis: ‘The meaning of things: An analyses of lime- and tobacco-containers, and barkcloth from Lake Sentani (West-Papua).’

1989    Propedeuse Academy of Fine Arts, Maastricht (Netherlands).

                                               Research and Fellowship positions

Pacific Presences Fellowship at the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (MAA) at the University of Cambridge (UK) (2016-2018). Project:  Comparison and analysis of tapa collected in ‘Melanesia’ and ‘Polynesia’ in the MAA collection and its particular colonial representations, and relate these to current performances and discussions in Oceania about  tapa as cultural heritage.

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian National University (1/10/2011-14/02/2016). Project:  ‘Engendering Personhood in the Context of Violence and Peace: A Comparative Case Study of Bougainville and Solomon Islands.’ Within the Laureate Project 'Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities,Commodities and Individualism in Oceania', led by Prof. Margaret Jolly.

Postdoctoral research fellow (1/6/2008-1/06/2012). Project: ‘Rituals of Violence and Peace: Mobilizing divine intervention in the Asia-Pacific’, Faculty of Religious Studies, Department of Comparative Religion. Radboud University Nijmegen. Financed with a VENI grant awarded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Postdoctoral research fellow (1/2/2005–1/5/2008). Project:  ‘The Power of Mary in Papua New Guinea: Gender, ethnicity, nationalism and violence’. At the Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen. Financed by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).