PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Was Director of Research at the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in Ranchi (India) till 2010. Has been involved in several research projects supported by NWO/WOTRO, IDPAD/ICSSR, the VU University (Amsterdam) and IISH/KNAW. She has worked for the IISH (Collection Department) while based in Ranchi and was a research fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) (Leiden office), ADRI (Patna office), and the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). Presently she is an IISH Honorary Research Fellow.