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 editor. 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.