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Miranda Sentse

Assistant Professor

Dr. M. Sentse
+31 71 527 6263

Since 2016, Miranda Sentse works as Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.

More information about Miranda Sentse

Since 2016, Miranda Sentse works as Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology. After graduating in Pedagogy and a research master Behavioral Sciences in 2006 (Cum Laude) at Radboud University,  she received her PhD in Sociology in 2010 (Cum Laude) at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.  Afterwards she conducted research as a postdoc at the University Medical Center Groningen (Psychiatry) and within a combined position at the University of Groningen (Sociology) and University of Turku, Finland (Psychology). From 2014 to 2016 dr. Sentse worked as Assistant Professor in Pedagogy at Erasmus University. In between her PhD and postdoc projects she also worked as a psychologist at Accare, the University Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Dr. Sentse’s research has a strong interdisciplinary character and is driven by a curiosity to understand how behavioral adjustment of individuals is related to the context they are exposed to. She specializes in interactions between the individual and the social network to explain problem behaviors. By applying advanced analytical techniques including longitudinal social network analysis, multilevel analysis, and growth curve modelling, dr. Sentse has shown that behaviors such as delinquency and bullying are dependent both on one’s social status in the group as well as the group norms of the social network one is part of.

Nowadays she applies these insights to the context of prison, among others via a pilot social network study she coordinated within the larger Life in Custody (LIC) study, a national survey study  into the work climate of prison employees and living climate of detainees.

Dr. Sentse is also member of the Erasmus Urban Youth Lab, as part of the project ‘Bridging the gap between science and practice: vulnerable youth in major cities’ in which she was co-promotor of Lois Schenk, who successfully defended her PhD thesis in April 2021.


Dr. Sentse coordinates courses in the Criminology bachelor’s program and the Master Criminology and Security Policy. She also supervises Bachelor, Master, and PhD students.


Dr. Sentse is Chair of the Committee Ethics and Data of Leiden Law School. In the Criminology department she is responsible for the division and assignment of all teaching and organizational tasks among staff. For the previous three years she was also coordinator of the Decentralized Selection admission procedure for the Bachelor Criminology.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Strafrecht & Criminologie
  • Criminologie

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 3.16



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