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Peter Sonneveld

Peter Sonneveld

Research topic:
Cross-national differences in public salience of European politics; long-term influences on public salience
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Public Sphere European Union Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

I am an MPhil candidate in Politics (European Politics and Society) at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. My thesis aims to explain cross-national differences in public salience of European politics through long-term influences. I am also interested in U.S. politics, education and political sociology. I currently work as a research assistant, focusing on the education system in the Netherlands for the SCHOOLPOL project led by Professor Jane Gingrich.

Before Oxford, I obtained a BSc in Politics: International Relations and Organizations at Leiden University, where I also participated in the Honours program. Before, during and after my Bachelor's studies, I worked as a broadcast journalist for several Dutch national media, and as a press secretary/spokesperson in the Dutch parliament, government and the NGO sector. I have also interned at the NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting's Washington D.C. Bureau in the United States.

Outside of class, I am a theme section editor for the 16.2 issue of St Antony's International Review (STAIR), which focuses on social movements. Furthermore, I am MPhil European Politics course representative, and chair of the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (GJCC) at the DPIR. During my first year at Oxford, I also rowed for the St Antony's College Rowing Team in the Christ Church Regatta, and I led a team of student consultants during a project for a London-based client. 

Coding experience

Languages: Ruby on Rails, R, and Python.

I also have expierence in machine learning, deep learning (with Tensorflow 2), sentiment analysis, web scraping, and natural language processing (NLP) with NLTK, Spacy and BERT.


Dutch (native), English (fluent), German (intermediate), and French (basic).


2019: Scholarship, Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude te ’s-Gravenhage


2015: Speaker at New Year's Reception International Press Center Nieuwspoort, The Hague, The Netherlands