Iris van Huis is a PhD candidate at the Nijmegen School of Management, Department of Political Science at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research and teaching experience are in migration, gender studies (with a focus on masculinities), visual studies, social interventions and urban sociology.
In her PhD research, Van Huis studies how social interventions that target disadvantaged men, impact on inequalities, on intersections of gender, ethnicity and class. Van Huis studies inequalities in a multifaceted way: as social locations, identities and as constituted by social norms. Her ethnographic research empirically focuses on the practice of male emancipation projects in the Netherlands that both aim to empower disadvantaged men and to involve men in gender equality issues. With her research Van Huis contributes to theory on facets of belonging (Yuval-Davis 2011), and relates the theory to masculinities studies and ‘normalizing’ aspects of (semi-)state interventions, as well as on ‘enabling’ or ‘empowering’ angles of social interventions(Foucault 1977).
Previously Van Huis has studied Dutch citizenship courses and changing populations in urban and suburban neighbourhoods with research methods such as participant observations, document analysis, and life history interviewing.