I am an International historian with a particular interest in diplomatic history of territories that were formerly colonised.
I am currently a Lecturer in the history of international relations at Utrecht University and a research fellow at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
I have done research in archives and universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Zambia and Nigeria.
I was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University (2015), a National Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow of the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa (2016) and a Lecturer in Conflict Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2017).
I have published in international journals and am a senior editor for history, politics, IR and social science at the European Journal of American Studies. My work focuses predominantly on Africa's international history and European Integration, but I also look at nongovernmental organization and Belgian diplomacy.
My work has received support from the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) (2016) and several other institutions. For a complete list, see: Grants & Awards.