H07-1658.10. Ester, Peter. Paper, 2007-2009. 0.25 linear ft.


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Professor Peter Ester is director of OSA and Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University. He studied sociology at Utrecht University(1970-1976) after which he started his scientific career at the Free University of Amsterdam (1976-1984). In 1981, he was Fulbright Scholar at Claremont Graduate College, California, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1984, he received his Ph.D. from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 1984 to 1989, Ester was head of the Department of Social Reporting of the Dutch Social and Cultural Office (SCP) and responsible for the biannual Social and Cultural Report (SCR). In 1989, he was appointed full Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University, and from 1991 to 1998 he was also director of IVA, Institute for Social Research at this university. From 1998 to 1999, he combined the directorate of OSA with setting up a new institute: GLOBUS, Institute for Globalization chaired by Ruud Lubbers, former Dutch Prime Minister. Ester was the visiting professor at ZUMA, Center for Survey Analysis and Methodology (2002-2006) and Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan(2001, 2004). In 1995 and 1999, he was visiting professor at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Member of the editorial board of Sociale Wetenschappen (former Editor-in-chief) and Tijdschrift voor Sociologie; chairman of the Committee Society & Economics and member of the overall Advisory Committee of Dutch Statistics (CBS); chairman of the Supervisory Board of CentERdata; former member of the Social Economic Council (SER) on life course policy and of the HDP committee of the Social Science Council of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW); former Chairman of the Dutch Association of Cultural and Social Sciences (NVMC) and member of the Advisory Board of CentER. Ester is co-founder and member of EGOPSI (European Group of Organizational Panel Survey Institutes) and co-founder of VBO (Dutch Association for Policy Research). He is author/editor of more than fifty books, one-hundred fifty journal articles and book chapters, and one-hundred scientific reports and conference papers. The collection includes the manuscript for the paper, "Growing Up Dutch-American: Cultural Identity and the Formative Years of Older Dutch-Americans,” given at Hope College on August 28, 2007, the published version that appeared in The Oral History Review in 2008, another version titled “Double Dutch? Formative Years, Youth Memories, and the Life Course of Older Dutch-Americans: The Role of Ethnicity and Religion (2009); and the manuscript to his article “To America: The Diary of Jacob Van Hinte: Pioneer of Dutch-American Studies” (2009). (E)


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