Suze Zijlstra

I am an assistant professor of maritime history at Leiden University. My research focuses on Anglo-Dutch colonization in the early Americas, with an emphasis on Suriname and New Netherland/New York. This research also has led to my interest in correspondence networks, maritime trading companies such as the WIC and VOC, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the use of digital methods to analyze historical sources. My work furthermore explores the way we presently deal with our colonial and maritime past. In addition, I am developing a new research project on women and gender at sea in the early modern period.

In 2016 I was one of the founders of the Dutch public history blog Over de Muur, for which I am presently editor. Furthermore, I am co-convener of the Leiden International Seminar on the Atlantic (LISA), and web editor of the Dutch Association for Maritime History. I am dedicated to share my research widely and like to present my findings both within and outside of academia. I also write in Dutch about maritime history, colonial history and the history profession and will write columns on maritime history for Geschiedenis Magazine in 2018.

My PhD dissertation (2015) focuses on the Anglo-Dutch colony of Suriname in the seventeenth century. I am currently working on a book manuscript on the Anglo-Dutch Americas, in which I explore early American colonization through the development of Suriname and New Netherland/New York. This work builds on research that I have conducted as postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., funded by a Niels Stensen Fellowship.

Curriculum vitae

2016-present: Assistant Professor of Maritime History, Leiden University
2015-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2014-2015: Lecturer in History, University of Amsterdam and Radboud University, Nijmegen
2010-2015: PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam
2009-2010: MA in the Dutch Golden Age (with distinction), University College London
2007-2009: Research MA in History (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
2005-2009: BA in Religious Studies (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
2004-2007: BA in History (cum laude), University of Amsterdam

Grants and awards

2017: Digital Humanities Teaching Innovation Grant ECOLe, Leiden University Faculty of Humanities
2017: Leids Universitair Fonds Seed Grant, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds
2017: Conference Panel Grant, Dutch Culture USA, via the New Netherland Institute
2015-2016: Niels Stensen Fellowship
2014: University of Amsterdam Centre for Digital Humanities – Embedded Research Project Grant (Co-applicant)
2010-2014: NWO PhDs in the Humanities Research Grant
2011: J.R. Bruijn-prijs, MA Thesis Award of the Dutch Association for Maritime History
2009-2010: HSP Talentenprogramma Scholarship
2009-2010: VSBfonds Scholarship
2009-2010: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Scholarship
2008-2009: J.C.M. Warnsinck Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam
2008: MA thesis research grant, Stichting Cultureel Erfgoed Zeeland