Jennifer A. Holland (1980; Hartford, CT, USA) is social scientist and storyteller. She is Dutch-American, and has lived in the Netherlands since 2010.
I am an Assistant Professor of Social Science Research Methods in the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL). I conduct research into the social and economic consequences of family change for individuals and societies in the Europe and the United States.
I am an award-winning teacher. I love teaching my students about social demography, how they can find empirical answers to their questions about the social world using social science research methods, and the beauty of statistics. I am most proud when my students tell me that they didn’t think they’d like a statistics course, but they “accidentally did develop a certain love for statistics. lol 🙂” This is my favorite course evaluation, from my student Pauline Wiersema in 2021:
Previously I held an appointment as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton (UK) and I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute. I have collaborated on research projects at the Stockholm University Demography Unit and the Statistics Norway Research Department.
As a social scientist, I get to tell true stories about the social world using empirical data. In 2019, I began studying the art of oral storytelling at the Mezrab Storytelling School. I write and perform stories exploring the nature and meaning of family bonds, between partners, siblings, parents and children, across generations and countries.