Dr. S.R.J.M. van Bohemen


Welcome to my personal website! I am Samira van Bohemen and I am an Assistant Professor of Popular Culture and Identity Politics at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

My research mainly deals with everyday identity politics and distinguishes itself through its serious engagement with pleasure. I am especially interested in studying the social implications and ramifications of pleasure: how different social groups (come to) experience some activities as pleasurable (or not) and how these experiences are connected to identity.

I currently study young people and ‘Good Sex’ in a series of projects made possible by a large research grant awarded by the Dutch Fund for Sexuality Research (FWOS), an SOS grant awarded by the Dutch Scientific Association for Sexologists (NVVS), and an EUR Fellowship awarded by the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam. These projects look at how young people define and practice good sex in different public spaces (both online and offline), and engage questions of how race, ethnicity, gender and class become implicated in these practices.

My research is interdisciplinary and uses both qualitative and quantitative methods, with my current work adopting and developing so-called ‘productive’ qualitative methods, like photovoice and music voice, with a focus on peer-to-peer research.

On top of that, I also teach various courses at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University College, and the Erasmus Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Humanities, amongst which Introduction to Sociology.

I was editor of the popular journal Sociologie Magazine, and the peer-reviewed journal Sociologie for which I currently serve in the editorial board. And I am member of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities and of Peer Relations Researchers Rotterdam (PRR-EUR).


Dr. Samira van Bohemen ¦ Department of Public Administration & Sociology ¦ Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences ¦ +31 10 408 2097 ¦ vanbohemen@essb.eur.nl