Dr M. Van Bavel (Marjolein)

Assistant professor - Cultural History
Assistant professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History

Dr M. Van Bavel (Marjolein)
Visiting address

Erasmusplein 1

Postal address

Postbus 9103

Marjolein Van Bavel is an Assistant Professor of Modern Cultural History at Radboud University and a Research Fellow at the University of Antwerp. Her specialisation in 20th-century gender history focuses on individuals who transgressed the prevailing social and bodily norms of their time. The focus on gender transgression sheds light on dominant norms, as those who broke these norms often encountered societal policing and backlash. Marjolein studies not only the socio-political repercussions of gender nonconformity but also pays special attention to the personal experiences and strategies of individuals in shaping their own lives, thus illuminating potential drivers of social change.

In her current research, she explores the complex relationship between the growing popularity of sports, national identities, and the participation and exclusion of female athletes, with specific attention to boxing, wrestling, and cycling in Mexico and Belgium (1920-1990). She also leads a research project commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW) on the development and impact of the law on sex designation change in the Netherlands (1985-2014).

Marjolein studied history at the University of Antwerp and continued her education in gender studies at University College London, where she also obtained her PhD in history. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received postdoctoral grants from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). She has completed research visits at Yale University and El Colegio de México and taught at KU Leuven and the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Marjolein was a laureate of the EOS Pipet Prize 2022 and received the Early-Career Article Award 2020-2021 from the journal Mexican Studies (the University of California Press).


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