I studied English at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in English Linguistics in 1979, with minors in General Linguistics, Translation Studies and Anglo-American Studies. I worked as a lecturer in English Language Acquisition at the UvA for many years, and then moved into new directions: I worked as a researcher / interviewer / director for a Dutch television production company, making informative TV programmes for Dutch national television, and I worked as a communications specialist for McKinsey & Company, a large international consultancy agency. In 2003 I returned to the UvA as a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. My teaching focuses on language in politics, discourse analysis and pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. My research interests include doctor-patient interaction, political discourse and cross-cultural and on-line communication. I am currently working on a PhD project on doctor-patient communication in outpatient cancer consultations.