Short CV/Education and training

  • Beatrice de Graaf (1976) holds the Chair of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University, within the strategic theme Institutions (tenured, since February 2014). She studied Modern History and German language and culture at Utrecht and Bonn (1998, cum laude) and received her PhD from Utrecht University in 2004 (on the GDR, the Dutch churches and the peace movement, bestowed with the Max van der Stoel Human rights award). She was co-founder of the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism at Leiden University, Campus The Hague in 2007, where she was appointed professor of Conflict and Security History in 2011. With an NWO VIDI/ASPASIA grant on 'The Making of a National Security State' and as fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS, on the topic of 'Terrorists on Trial') De Graaf contributed to the emerging research field of security history. Her book 'Evaluating Counterterrorism Performance' (2011) was internationally ranked amongst the top 150 terrorism books.

Selected publications

  • de Graaf, B.A., Dimitriu, G. & Ringsmose, J. (eds.) (2015). Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War : Winning domestic support for the Afghan War. Oxon/New York: Routledge.

  • de Graaf, B.A. (2015). Terrorismus als performativer Akt. Die Bundesrepublik, Italien und die Niederlande im Vergleich. Terrorismusbekämpfung in Westeuropa – Demokratie und Sicherheit in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren (pp. 93-115) (23 p.). Berlin/München/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

  • de Graaf, B.A. (2014). The Van Gogh Murder and Beyond. In Bruce Hoffman & Fernando Reinares (Eds.), The evolution of the global terrorist threat : from 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's death (pp. 144-187) (43 p.). New York: Columbia University Press.

  • de Graaf, B.A. (2014). Second-tier Diplomacy. Hans von Gagern and William I in their Quest for an Alternative European Order, 1813-1818. Journal for Modern European History, 12 (4), (pp. 546-566) (20 p.).

  • de Graaf, B.A. & de Goede, M. (2013). Sentencing Risk. Temporality and Precaution in Terrorism Trials. International Political Sociology, 7 (3), (pp. 313-331) (19 p.).

  • de Graaf, B.A. & Zwierlein, C. (2013). Historicizing Security. Entering the Conspiracy Dispositive. Historical Social Research, 38 (1), (pp. 46-64) (19 p.).

  • Härter, K. & de Graaf, B.A. (2012). Vom Majestätsverbrechen zum Terrorismus. Politische Kriminalität, Recht, Justiz und Polizei nck Izwischen Früher Neuzeit und 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt am Main: Max Planck Institut/Vittorio Klostermann.

  • de Graaf, B.A. (2012). Gevaarlijke vrouwen. Tien militante vrouwen in het vizier. Amsterdam: Boom.

  • de Graaf, B.A. (2011). Evaluating Counterterrorism Performance. A Comparative Approach. Oxon/New York: Routledge.

  • Demant, F. & de Graaf, B.A. (2010). How to Counter Radical Narratives: Dutch Deradicalization Policy in the Case of Moluccan and Islamic Radicals. Studies in conflict and terrorism, 33 (5), (pp. 408-428) (21 p.).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Securing Europe, Fighting its enemies. The making of a security culture in Europe and beyond, 1815-1914. ERC Consolidator Grant, financed by the European Research Council, 2014 – 2019

  • Enemies of the State. The making of the National Security State in the Western world, 1945-2001. VIDI & ASPASIA Grant, financed by the Dutch organisation for scientific research (NWO), 2009 – 2014

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the 'Nationale Wetenschapsagenda' (Dutch National Science Agenda; since 2015, with Alexander Rinnooy Kan)

  • Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

  • Member of the Dutch Young Academy (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)

  • Board Member of the Royal Dutch Historical Association (Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch Genootschap)

  • Board member of the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA)

  • Member of The Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen)

  • Member of the Archives Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Media coverage

  • Beatrice de Graaf participates in international and national (scholarly) debates on terrorism and security, and frequently comments on matters of terrorism and security in the printed and broadcasted media. Recent contributions to the public debate can be found on her profile page at Utrecht University.


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