Master of Arts, Göttingen University, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy, Göttingen University, 1997.
Postdoctoral researcher Göttingen University, 1997—1999. Assistant professor University Zu Köln, Cologne, Germany, 1999—2005, University Van Amsterdam, since 2001. Memorial professor Växjö University, Sweden, 2008.
Visiting professor Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, since 2008. Research group member Arctic Discourse, Norwegian Research Association, Norway. Member jury jugendliteraturpreis Arbeitskreis Für Jugendliteratur, Munich, 1994—1996.
Fellow Linnean Society, London, since 2004. Advisor Fonds Voor De letteren Foundation, Netherlands, since 2005. Member advisory board IRCL Journal, Edinburgh, since 2005.
Advisor Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden, 2009. Science leader Childhood Research Literature, Language & learning, Växjö, Sweden. Research group member Postcolonial Forum Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Member research group arctic discourse University Tromsø, Norwegian Research Council, Norway. Member research group Joint Committee Nordic Research Council Humanities & Social Sciences, Denmark.
Member cultural committee Swedish Womens Educational Association, Netherlands, since 2005.
Married Jasper Van Merwijk. Children: Ingrid Van Merwijk, Ebba Van Merwijk.