How I got here

In a recent article, I describe the personal and professional experiences that led me to research and write this book about cultural differences between the United States and the Netherlands.   On the Social and Behavioral Sciences website of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, you can read the story of how I got here:

The book is the result of personal experience, education and research. “My parents moved to the Netherlands from the U.S. when I was young,” Schalet says. “I returned to the U.S. as a college student almost two decades later. My research on cultural differences at the University of California Berkeley, where I earned my PhD, was inspired by observations that came from moving between these countries. Because both are rich democracies, they often are thought of as similar, but in fact they have very different prevailing cultural beliefs and practices—including approaches to teenage sexuality.

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Amy Schalet is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read More...