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Prof.dr. Naomi Ellemers

Distinguished university professor


Naomi Ellemers, PhD, FBA

Born: January 31, 1963, Amsterdam

Nationality: Dutch

Married to Dick de Gilder (1990)

Two children: David (1997) Nathan (2000)

Languages: Dutch (native), English (fluent), Hebrew (speaker)

Brief CV information – November 2014


  • 1980-1981 University of California, Berkeley, Honors student
  • 1981-1991 Groningen University, Psychologie, Master Cum Laude, PhD Cum Laude.
  • 2013 Leiden University, Teaching Certificate
  • 2015 Utrecht University, Senior Teaching Certificate
  • 2017 Nijenrode Business University, Comissarissencyclus

Academic positions

  • 1991-1997 VU Amsterdam, Assistant Professor
  • 1997-1999 VU Amsterdam, Associate Professor
  • 1999-2015 Leiden University, Full Professor
  • 2015-present Utrecht University, Distinguished University Professor
  • 1993-present Visiting professor: University of Muenster, University of Amherst, ANU Canberra, University of Queensland, Bologna, Exeter, Princeton
  • 2011-present Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
  • 2014-present Corresponding Fellow, British Academy (FBA) for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Executive experience

European Association of Social Psychology

  • 1996-1999 Treasurer
  • 1999-2002 President

Leiden University

  • 2000-2004 Chair, Social and Organisational Psychology group
  • 2001-2004 Chair, Scientific Research Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 2002-2004 Teaching director, Department of Psychology
  • 2009-2014 Chair, Social and Organisational Psychology group
  • 2004-2017 Chair, Department of Psychology

Kurt Lewin Institute (National Graduate School in Psychology)

  • 2000-2003 Member Scientific Board
  • 2003-present Chair Scientific Board

NWO - Netherlands Science Foundation

  • 2004-2007 Board member Social Science Research council (Gebiedsbestuur, MaGW)

SCOOP Gravitation Program

  • 2017-present Chair scientific board, SCOOP Gravitation Program

Praemium Erasmianum Foundation

  • 2010-present Member Executive Board

Non-executive experience

PwC (the Netherlands)

  • 2015-present Member External Supervisory Board

Major Grants:

  • 2017 NWO Gravitation grant awarded to consortia of top researchers (co-PI, with Prof. Rafael Wittek, Prof. Russell Spears, Prof. Tanja van der Lippe, Prof. Bas van Bavel and Prof. Martin van Hees), for an interdisciplinary ten-year program on sustainable cooperation (18,8 million euros).
  • 2011 NWO-Rubicon grant, awarded to Jojanneke van der Toorn to support her transfer to Leiden University to work with Naomi Ellemers (59,000 Euro's).
  • 2010 Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) Spinoza grant for outstanding scientific work (2,5 million Euro’s)
  • 2010 Merian grant, for excellence of women in science, awarded by the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (50,000 Euro's)
  • 2009 Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) Conflict and Security Program (1,2 million Euro’s)
  • 2009 Australian Research Council (with Dr. J. Jetten) minority hostility and resistance (156.000 Australian Dollars)
  • 2005 Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) Social Innovation grant (290,000 Euro’s)
  • 2003 Work-family issues (ING banking, 174,000 Euro’s)
  • 2003; 2009 Public opinion towards Carbon-dioxide Capture and Storage (CATO-consortium; 3,2 million Euro’s)
  • 2002 Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) Social Cohesion grant (215,000 Euro’s)

Key Publications (current H-index: 78, i-10: 197 - Source: Google Scholar)

  1. Ellemers, N. (in press). Women at work: How organizational features impact career development. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. DOI: 10.1177/2372732214549327
  2. Ellemers, N., Pagliaro, S., & Barreto, M. (2013). Morality and behavioural regulation in groups: A social identity approach. European Review of Social Psychology, 24, 160-193.
  3. Ellemers, N., & Jetten, J. (2013). The many ways to be marginal in a group. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 3-21.
  4. Ellemers, N., & Van Nunspeet, F. (2013). Moral accountability and prejudice control: Evidence from cardiovascular and EEG responses. In: B. Derks, D. Scheepers, & N. Ellemers (Eds). The neuropsychology of prejudice and intergroup relation (209-226). New York: Psychology Press.
  5. Ellemers, N., & Van den Bos, K. (2012). Morality in groups: On the social-regulatory functions of right and wrong. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 878-889.
  6. Ellemers, N., Rink, F., Derks, B., & Ryan, M. (2012). Women in high places: When and why promoting women into top positions can harm them individually or as a group (and how to prevent this). Research In Organizational Behavior, 32, 163-187.
  7. Ellemers, N. (2012). The group self. Science, 336, 848-852.
  8. Ellemers, N., & Haslam, S.A. (2011). Social identity theory. In: P. van Lange, A. Kruglanski, & T. Higgins (Eds.). Handbook of theories of social psychology (pp. 379-398). London: Sage.
  9. Ellemers, N., Pagliaro, S., Barreto, M., & Leach, C.W. (2008). Is it better to be moral than smart? The effects of morality and competence norms on the decision to work at group status improvement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95 (6), 1397-1410.
  10. Ellemers, N., Spears, R., & Doosje, B. (2002). Self and social identity. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 161-186.