Prejudice and racism in childhood
This research program focuses on the socialization influences on children's own ethnic-racial identities and their attitudes towards outgroups. The main study is financed by
an NWO-Vici grant) and addresses questions of the development of ethnic-racial prejudice and racism in children, and how parents, schools, and media shape this development. My activities in policy-making take place at different levels of academic governance. Outreach activities include public lectures and event series, as well as a forthcoming book for the Dutch general public about 'growing up in full color' (to be published in November 2021).
Dutch tags: racisme, vooroordelen, diversiteit, opvoeding, onderwijs en onderzoek
Prejudice in Dutch children
De Bruijn, Y., Jansen, C., Emmen, R.A.G., Mesman, J. (2021). Interethnic Prejudice against Muslims among White Dutch Children. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 51, 203-221.
Ethnic diversity in textbooks
Mesman, J., Van Veen, P.D., Van den Rozenberg, T., Zicha, L., Groeneveld, M.G. (2019). Etnische diversiteit en stereotypering in schoolboeken voor de brugklas. Rapport voor uitgeversorganisatie de GEU.
Public event about raising children in bicultural families (2020) as part of the Skin Deep series. In Dutch.
Antiracism in academia
Webinar on Antiracism at universities
Dutch webinar by The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences , together with Mitchell Esajas, Sheila Sitalsing, and Vinod Subramaniam.
Podcast antiracism at Leiden University College
As part of the Students-4-Students program by ECHO, we recorded a podcast with LUC students Shivalika Madkulgar and Dewi Laurente, chairs of the LUC Race & Ethnicity Committee.
In 2018-2019, a team of Asia enthusiasts at Leiden University College organized an event series called 'Me, Asian?!' for young adults of Asian descent in The Hague. The goal of these events are to bring people together from different Asian groups, reflect on their Asian heritage and how they are viewed in Dutch society. I co-hosted the series with writer Gustaaf Peek. The series was a big success, and a summary of the events can be found in this newsletter.