Naomi Ellemers studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she obtained her PhD in 1991. She was employed (1991-1998) as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam. From 1999-2015 she was Full Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Leiden. She currently holds a chair as Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She also is member of the Supervisory Board of the consultancy and accounting firm PWC in the Netherlands.