For a high school project, I wanted to know whether local policies increased the emancipation of female immigrants in my hometown. Since I could not find any data on their experiences, I designed a (very simple) survey and fielded it among a (completely unrepresentative) sample of women I knew. Ever since, I have been interested in the relationship between immigration and the welfare state in advanced democracies, and I have used comparative and quantitative methods to analyse it. For my DPhil project, I examine the effects of immigration on support for the welfare state. Before that, I studied Comparative Social Policy at Oxford and Political Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.