Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University, Utrecht (Since 2020)

Research Fellow at the International Studies Group, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (Since 2015)

External Fellow at the Center for the History of Global Development, Shanghai University (Since 2018)


2020                            Assistant Professor, Utrecht University (Tenured, UD1)

2017-2020                   Lecturer in the History of International Relations, Utrecht University

NOV 2016-                 Lecturer in Conflict Studies, University of Amsterdam

JULY 2017

JAN-                           National Research Foundation Innovation fellow International Studies Group,

NOV 2016                     University of the Free State/Universiteit van die Vrystaat,

                                    Bloemfontein South Africa

SPRING TERM            Agnese N. Haury postdoctoral scholar, Center for the United States

 2015                            and the Cold War, Tamiment Library, New York University, NYU


18-27 April 2022          School of International Studies at the University of Trento: Visiting Professor under the                                              Erasmus+ Scheme

SEPT-NOV 2018           Shanghai University: Visiting Fellow at the Center for the History of Global Development

JUL-AUG 2017             Institut Français du Nigeria: Visiting Fellow at the institute Français in Ibadan, Nigeria

2012-2017                     Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: Associated with the research unit ‘Moderniteit en                                                        Samenleving,1800-2000’, visiting during the Spring Term 2013 and the Fall Term 2014

MICHAELMAS             London School of Economics: Visiting research student at the International History            TERM 2012                   Department


2010 - 2014

PhD, European University Institute (Italy)

     PhD Thesis: “The Ideological Scramble For Africa:
    The US, Ghanaian, French and British Competition for Africa’s Future,


Committee: Federico Romero, Dirk Moses, Idesbald Goddeeris, Sue Onslow



MPhil/M.A.of Research, European University Institute (Italy)

     Part of doctoral training



M.A. of Science in Management, KU Leuven Business School (Belgium)

     M.A. thesis: “International Trade and Methodology: World Trade  
    Organization, Political Economy and Economic Theory”, supervisor Prof.
    dr. D. Janssens

Graduated cum fructu



M.A. of History (19th and 20th Century Societies), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

     M.A. thesis: “Moulding the Belgian Soul : American Public Diplomacy in
    Cold War Belgium (1950-1958)”, supervisor Prof. dr. I. Goddeeris

Graduated summa cum laude


Fall Term 2008

Exchange student, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA)

     GPA. 4 (four A’s)



B.A. of History (Modern History), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

     B.A. thesis: “Medical History on the Dissection Table: Euthanasia in the
    Third Reich, a Status Quastionis”, supervisor Prof. dr. K. Wils

Graduated magna cum laude


Major Fellowships from National Funding Bodies


  • Co-Applicant of Rannis, Icelandic Research Fund (IRF), “Toward Decolonisation in Nordic Higher Education: A Participatory Action Research on curricula at the University of Iceland” with Giti Chandra (September 2022- August 2025).

  • Co-Investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (AHRC) Project “Regionalism in East Africa c. 1900 to the present” with Christopher Vaughan (PI), Alden Young (Co-Investigator) and Mr P J O'Reilly (Researcher) (January 2020-January 2023).


  • National Research Foundation-Scarce Skills-Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship South Africa, January 2016 (3 years, 16629.39/ZAR. 250000 non-taxible stipend per year, €2916/ZAR. 50000 research funding per year, €2916/ZAR. 50000 running costs for the International Studies Group).



  • European University Institute PhD. Fellowship (4 year doctoral grant, €16200 per year)



Other Fellowships and Grants


  • Diversity Stimulation Fund of the Equality, Diversion & Inclusion Office of Utrecht University to set up the Diversity Reading List at Utrecht University, 29 June 2021 (€5000).



  • Uglobe Grant to continue the work of the the Decolonisation Group for 3 more years and to set up of digital platform 'the Continued Colonialism Platform', February 2019 (€15000).

  • Conference travel grant, British International Studies Association, Workshop on ‘The West and the Rest’ (£200).



  • Funding from the University of the Free State for the organization of the workshop, ‘Visions of African Unity’ at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, September 2018 (together with Matteo Grilli, ZAR 100.000/€5673.04).



  • Funding for the set-up of the Uglobe Decolonisation Group at Utrecht University, December 2017 (acted as principal applicant, €5000)

  • The Vibeke Sørensen fellowship, Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), September 2017 (€1300, one month in February 2018).

  • The Robert Mikkelsen Research Grant, American Studies Association of Norway (ASANOR), February 2017 (NOK 6000/€678).



  • Grant of the Scientific Steering Committee of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institut Français Afrique du Sud, January 2016 (€1000).



  • Fonds Françoise Peemans, Académie Royale des sciences, des lettres & des beaux-arts de Belgique/Royal Academy, Belgium, December 2015 (€800).

  • Conference travel grant, Transatlantic Studies Association, June 2015 (€100).



  • International Seminar on Decolonization, funded by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., 6 July-2 August 2014 ($1000).



  • Conference travel grant of the American Studies Association of Norway (ASANOR), October 2013 (€1000).

  • 2013 Travel Grant of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS) (€1050).

  • British Association of American Studies (BAAS) conference travel support, October 2013 (£300).



  • Conference travel support of the  American Studies Association of Norway (ASANOR), October 2012 (€164)



  • Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre scholarship for research in French diplomatic archives, Paris, March 2011, (€700)



Awards and Prizes


  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence (quality label is awarded to proposals submitted to the MSCA Individual Fellowships Call that scored 85% or more but could not be funded from the call budget, project score was 90.6%), 24 April 2017




  • The Market Liberation Society: a Digital Humanties Project that traces how people experience development aid

With Wickramasinghe Arachchige Asuntha Shyamain, National University of Singapore


Managing a team of student assistants who are setting up the Diversity Reading List for History at Utrecht University (with the support of the Diversity Fund)


  • ‘Open strategisch autonomie t.a.v. Afrika en Latijns-Amerika/Open Strategic Autonomy towards Africa and Latin America’

Wetenschappelijke factsheet voor de Tweede Kamer van Nederland/Scientific factsheet for the Dutch Parliament, Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), 11 October 2021 (


Toelichting in in de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal van Nederland/presentation in Dutch Parliament, 15 February 2022, 17h-18h



  • Hosting of Natalie Tegama, PhD. Student at the Institute of Educational Technology of the Open University as a COST short term fellow


Short stay researcher 1-30 September 2022, hosted in the context of the COST action CA19129 ‘Decolonising Development’ (Short Term Scientific Mission)


  • Hosting Jacob Matthias Marcks at the Global Cold War Group at Utrecht University


Short stay researcher1-31 October 2022, hosted in the context of an Erasmus+ fellowship.




  • Editor for the Africa section in the Encyclopedia of the Cold War, ed. Ruud van Dijk et al. (Routledge, revised edition). (Since July 2019)

  • H-Diplo Review editor. (Since September 2019)

  • Senior Editor for History, Politics, IR and Social Science, European Journal of American Studies (October 2015-June 2021)

  • H-Grad list editor (September 2011-September 2014)


Review of Fellowship and Grant Applications


  • American Academy fellowship, Berlin


Peer Review for publishers of Book Manuscripts


  • Peer reviewer for edited volume with Boydell & Brewer



  • Peer reviewer for a book manuscript with Bloomsbury Publishing


Peer Review of Journal Articles


  • Peer Review for: Cambridge Review of International Affairs



  • Peer Review for: Humanity, Diplomatic History



  • Peer Review for: Journal of World History, Journal of Modern European History



  • Peer Review for: the Journal of Genocide Studies, Language Matters



  • Peer Review for: Ab Imperio (affiliated with Miami University), International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, Journal of West African History, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, Global Change, Peace & Security, Journal of World History



  • Peer Review for: the International History Review



  • Peer Reviewer for: History Compass, Cogent OA, Taylor & Francis Group.


Academic Service and Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-leader Globalisation and Imperial History Group January-June 2022

  • Member of the departmental mid-term research review Committee, January-June 2022

  • Job Search Committee, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, November 2021

  • Fellow for the Center for Digital Humanities, Utrecht University (2021-2022)

  • Member of the Faculty Board Internationalisation and International Education at Utrecht University (2020-2022)

  • Member of the ‘Core Lecturers Team’ at Utrecht University which designs and steers the curriculum for the M.A. IR in Historical Perspective. (2017-2020)

  • Coordinator of ‘Globalisation and World Order’ Track at Utrecht University which designs the Globalisation track for BA students (2018-2019)

  • Worked at the Immigration Service of the Belgian Ministry of the Interior (October-November 2015)

  • Volunteer Coordinator for Belgian nonprofit organization, “Armen Tekort” (July 2015)

  • Member of the 2014 EU Profiler team, the European Union Democracy Observatory, (May-July 2014)

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