Suze Zijlstra

I am an assistant professor of maritime history at Leiden University. My work focuses on early modern maritime colonization, with an emphasis on seventeenth-century Suriname and New Netherland/New York. This research has led to my interest in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, maritime trading companies such as the WIC and VOC, correspondence networks, and the use of digital methods to analyze historical sources. Currently I am developing a new research project on women and gender at sea in the early modern period.

In addition to my academic publications, I write in Dutch about maritime history, colonial history, the history profession, and the way we presently deal with our colonial and maritime past. In 2016 I co-founded the Dutch public history blog Over de Muur, for which I am presently final editor. I am co-convener of the Leiden International Seminar on the Atlantic (LISA), and web editor of the Dutch Association for Maritime History. Furthermore, I write a column on maritime history for Geschiedenis Magazine.

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