Jennifer A. Holland (1980; Hartford, CT, USA) is social scientist and storyteller. She is Dutch-American, and has lived in the Netherlands since 2010.

Social Scientist

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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.

In 2011, I completed a doctoral dissertation in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled “Why Do? The meaning of marriage in the Nordic countries.”



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.

I’ve performed stories at the Mezrab (Amsterdam, NL), the Grand Pillow Society (Groningen, NL) and in Marie Phillips‘ production of the The Odyssey (2022).

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