About me

I am affiliated with Leiden University (History department) as tenured Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History and with Radboud University Nijmegen as lecturer.  

I studied History at Leiden University and obtained my PhD at Tilburg University (Sociology). From 2000, I was successively affiliated with the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague, the International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam, Tilburg University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Groningen, Utrecht University, the Radboud Group for Historical Demography (Radboud University Nijmegen), Ministry of Justice, and Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht.  

I am co-editor of the Yearbook of Women's History, a peer-reviewed academic annual covering all aspects of gender connected with historical research throughout the world, General Secretary of the International Commission for Historical Demography and Secretary of the Association for Young Historical Demographers.


Specific research interests include the history of childhood, gender history, institutionalized populations, medical history, social epidemiology, family and care, and (cause specific) mortality.

Current projects

Maternal mortality in Amsterdam, 1856-1904

Teaching in Leiden academic year 2022-2023: courses on Digital History, Epidemics etc.

Preparing several articles for scientific journals: Religion and Epidemics, The empowerment of midwives, A history of health and death in Leiden.

Oral history project with 40 centenarians (100+) about perceived health/smoking behavior and/or sexuality/contraception (with Yvonne Witter / VuMC)

SHIP+-network: Studying the history of Health in Port cities (with A. Janssens).

Working on book on Brabant Baby's, published by Prometheus Amsterdam

Organization of XXIII ICHS/ICHD conference, Poznán, August 2022

The Amsterdam Health & Disease Database 1854-1940

This project concerns the construction of a truly exceptional dataset: a database on individual causes of death for the entire population of Amsterdam for the period 1854-1940. This database includes the causes of death of all individuals who died within the city of Amsterdam in the span of almost 100 years. Just imagine that we can reconstruct the health and disease patterns for all 700.000 individuals who lived and died in this period! It will become possible to map and reconstruct the entire spatio-temporal history of death, disease, but also of medical practice in the Dutch capital as it evolved over those 100 years.

This project is carried out as a crowdsourcing project through the Velehanden.nl website. See: www.velehanden.nl. Do you want to be part of this exciting enterprise?  Join us on Velehanden.nl!

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