In 2018-2019 I will be on sabbatical leave, spending the 1st semester at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and the 2nd semester at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton.
I studied Economic and Social History at the University of Amsterdam and the Università di Ca' Foscari di Venezia. For my PhD (defended at UvA in 2007) on Dutch and Flemish merchants in early modern Venice, I spent a lot of time in the Venetian, Florentine and Vatican archives, supported by two grants from the Marie Curie programme "European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean".
NWO awarded me a VENI grant by NWO in 2011 for a project on informal politics and diplomacy in early modern Venice. That year I also spent a semester in London as Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck. In 2013 I was Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor at Columbia University as well as Research Fellow at the Italian Academy of Advanced Studies in America (New York).
At UvA, I am a member and former director of the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (ACUH): http://acuh.uva.nl/
My work concentrates on 16th- and 17th-century Europe and the Mediterranean, with a particular interest in (Venetian) urban history and the social history of politics. My current research project investigates social unrest and popular politics in early modern Venice. The Venetian Republic has long fascinated historians as the epitome of political stability: other pre-modern states went through cycles of revolts, while Venice seemed immune to class struggles. Its ruling elite remained in power for a thousand years, until 1797. Recent studies for other regions and other periods show that we should not mistake the absence of successful rebellion for an absence of political protest. In this project I ask how hidden forms of Venetian popular protest can be uncovered. Part of this research has been published in The Journal of Modern History.
I have also worked on the Dutch presence in the early modern Mediterranean, focusing on Dutch renegades and converts to Islam. I co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History on cross-confessional diplomacy in the early modern Mediterranean with Tijana Krstic (CEU): http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15700658/19/2-3
urban history - early modern popular politics - history of Venice - the early modern Mediterranean - the social history of diplomacy
In my book Trading Places , published by Brill in 2009, I focused on the Netherlandish mercantile community in early modern Venice. Through an analysis of their commercial activities, collective associations, and integration, I showed how these merchants continually renegotiated their relations with the Venetian Republic.
Trading Places was awarded the History Book Prize 2009-2012 by the Werkgroep Italie Studies