Nikki Mulder

Nikki Mulder is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University. Her research examines moralities of life insurance in the city of New Orleans (USA). This project is part of the ERC funded project Moralising misfortune: A comparative anthropology of commercial insurance.


In the United States, commercial life insurance has long been deeply embedded in Black communities. Ironically, it has worked both to sustain a racist order – through race-based rates and benefits – and as a vehicle for social justice by providing the means to organize proper and pageant funerals. This study explores the contemporary significance of life insurance amongst African American families, individuals, and benevolent societies in New Orleans.


Nikki previously worked as a journalist for newspaper De Ware Tijd in Paramaribo (Suriname). She completed her research master in Cultural Anthropology in 2016 (cum laude, Utrecht University). She is a member of the editorial board of Etnofoor.