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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 dr. Sentse also worked as a psychologist at Accare, the University Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Given her background, 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.

Recently these insights were applied to the context of prison, 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 via her role as co-promotor of Lois Schenk, PhD student on the project: “Bridging the gap between science and practice: vulnerable youth in major cities”.

Specialties: bullying, antisocial behavior/conduct problems, peer influence, multilevel analysis, social network analysis


Dr. Sentse coordinates courses in the Criminology bachelor’s program (Daders [Perpretrators] in BA1) and the faculty Honours Program (Criminaliteitsbestrijding [Crime prevention], and supervises bachelor and master students with their thesis.

She is coordinator of the Decentralised Selection admission procedure.

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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