Short CV/Education and training

  • I studied social and economic history and wrote a masters thesis on poverty and poor relief.

  • I obtained my phd degree in 1999.

  • In 2002 I was awarded the 'Keetje Hodshon award' from the 'Hollandsche Maatschappij van Wetenschappen' for my total oeuvre and especially for my thesis on reading culture.

  • In 2004 the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research awarded me the Innovational Research grant, thus enabling me to start my own research group on the topic of 19th century news media. During this project I developed text mining approaches to investigate media content, working together with IBM/SPSS as well as using open source text mining applications.

  • Nowadays I am a senior researcher and ICT consultant and work in a new E-Humanities project on the US as a reference culture.

Selected publications

  • Kruif, J. de (2001). Classes of readers. Owners of books in 18th-century The Hague. Poetics, 28, 42-453.

  • Kruif, J. de (2006). Poetry as a commodity. The practical application of network analysis. In M. van Delft & dr. F. de Glas (Eds.), New Perspectives in Book history. Contributions from the low countries(pp. 117-137). Zutphen: Walburg Pers.

  • Kruif, J. de (2006). Gender and the History of the Book. The Case of the Invisible Widow. In dr. B. Waaldijk (Eds.), Professions and social identity. New European Historical Research on Work, Gender and Society (pp. 121-134). Pisa: Pisa University Press.

  • Kruif, J. de (2008). Welfare politics in a Dutch Town 1750-1900. De Swaan's In care of the State Revisited. In G. Hageman (Eds.), Reciprocity and Redistribution. Work and Welfare Reconsidered (pp. 209-232). Pisa: Pisa University Press.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures: The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890 – 1990. 01.10.2012 to 30.11.2017

  • Pamphlets, periodical press and public debate in the nineteenth century. 01.08.2005 to 01.08.2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Consultant ICT and humanities research

  • Member of Commitee Free Competition Netherlands

  • Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

  • Member Organising committee CATCH A computer science research programme for Continuous Access To Cultural Heritage

  • Member executive committee Dutch Society for the History of the Book

Additional qualifications

  • Digital Humanities expert


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