Dr D.R. de Boer (David)
Assistant professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
Assistant professor - Department of History, Art History and Classics
6525 HT NIJMEGEN
6500 HD NIJMEGEN
David de Boer is an assistant professor of political history. He is broadly interested in how people in the past thought about moral obligation, created transnational solidarity networks, and managed migration in a globalizing world.
His first book, The Early Modern Dutch Press in an Age of Religious Persecution (Oxford University Press, 2023) investigates the rise of the printing press as a powerful weapon against state persecutions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
He is currently developing a new research project on migration debates and the governance of human mobility between ca. 1650 and 1900. Comparing London, Amsterdam, and Berlin, he traces how migrants, diplomats, and political stakeholders universalized and transferred local migration narratives to manage human mobility. In doing so, he seeks to deepen our understanding of the stories that created our global migration debate.
David studied history at Utrecht University and received his PhD from the University of Konstanz and Leiden University (joint doctoral degree). He held visiting fellowships at Harvard University, the Leibniz Institute of European History, and the European University Institute. Before joining Radboud University, he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.
- 20 January 2023 - Interview talkshow Op1 about the history of refugees in the Netherlands More information
- 25 December 2023 - Podcast 'Op de vlucht voor de Geuzen', written and produced with Mathijs Deen for VPRO - OVT Het spoor terug More information
- 15 May 2023 - Interview about the Dutch Revolt in the WDR – ARD podcast Zeitzeichen More information
- 24 July 2023 - Interview about early modern refugee politics in the Tim & Paul Geschiedenis Podcast (with Geert Janssen) More information
- 28 March 2023 - Comenius Lecture 2023, 'Tussen oude en nieuwe Nederlanders', Naarden 2023 More information