Short CV/Education and training

  • 29.10.1964 born in Amsterdam

  • 1982
    VWO-A, Stedelijk Gymnasium, Haarlem

  • 1986 – 1987
    student-assistant at the Dpt of History, University of Amsterdam

  • 1989
    M.A. (Doctoraal) in Modern history cum laude at the University of Amsterdam

  • 1991
    M.A with distinction in Renaissance Studies, Warburg Institute, University of London

  • 1991 – 1995
    research student (Onderzoeker in Opleiding, NWO) seconded to the history department of the University of Amsterdam

  • 1995 – 1998
    stipendiary lecturer in Early Modern History, Somerville College, Oxford

  • 1998
    doctorate cum laude at the University of Amsterdam for Another Road to God. The Reformation of Arnoldus Buchelius, 1565-1641, under supervision of Prof. E.O.G. Haitsma Mulier and Prof. H.F.K. van Nierop

  • 1998 – 2005
    lecturer (CUF) in Early Modern History at Oxford University and Fellow and Tutor of Somerville College (tenured)

  • 2005 – 2011
    senior lecturer (UHD 1) in Dutch History, Institute for History, UL (tenured)

  • 2007 – 2011
    professsor extraordinarius ("Bijzonder hoogleraar") History and Culture of the Dutch Republic (tenured)

  • Since 01.08.2011 professor of the History of the Early Modern Netherlands (tenured)

Selected publications

  • Catholic identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520-1635 (Oxford University Press, 2011)

  • "No Man's Land. Reinventing Netherlandish Identities, 1585 – 1621" in Robert Stein and Judith Pollmann (eds.), Networks, regions and nations. Shaping Identities in the Low Countries, 1300-1650 Studies in medieval and reformation traditions (Brill; Leiden, 2010), pp. 241-262

  • "Burying the dead, reliving the past. Ritual, resentment and sacred space in the Dutch Republic" in B. Kaplan et al. (eds). Catholic minorities in Protestant States. Britain and the Netherlands, c. 1570-1720 (Manchester; Manchester UP, 2009), pp. 84-102

  • "Internationalisering en de Nederlandse Opstand", Bijdragen en mededelingen betreffende de geschiedenis der Nederlanden 124 (2009), pp. 515-535

  • "Countering the Reformation in France and the Netherlands. Clerical leadership and Catholic violence, 1560-1585", Past & Present, 190 (2006), pp. 83-120.

  • "Off the record. Problems in the quantification of Calvinist church discipline", The Sixteenth-Century Journal 33/2 (2002), pp. 423-438. Reprinted in Andrew Pettegree (ed.), The Reformation. Critical concepts in historical studies (Routledge; London, 2004), II.

  • Religious choice in the Dutch Republic. The reformation of Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641) (Manchester University Press; Manchester, 1999).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • NWO VICI grant Tales of the Revolt. Oblivion, memory and identity in the Low Countries, 1566 – 1700

  • Tales of the Revolt studies the impact of memories of the Dutch Revolt on personal and public identities in the seventeenth century Low Countries. It is financed by NWO and hosted by Leiden University. The project started on 1 September 2008 and finishes on 31 August 2013. More information on

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member editorial board of Past&Present

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, United Kingdom

  • Member Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde


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