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Ronald Kroeze is assistant professor of History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He teaches courses on the history of democracy, corruption, modern Europe, political philosophy and global justice as well as on the use of history by business and politics. Kroeze has been involved in several Dutch and European funded research projects. In 2018 he (together with prof. Inger Leemans (VU) and dr. Joost Dankers UU) received an internationalisation grant from the Netherlands Scientific Organisation (NWO) to form an international network to execute a research on financial history and heritage. He is also a co-founder of the international network 'Politics and Corruption', funded by the French CNRS. Kroeze has published extensively on the history of corruption, the history of management and oral history. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College), University of Warwick, University of Avignon and Humboldt University of Berlin. Kroeze was selected to become a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy in 2018. A recent publication is Ronald Kroeze, Guy Geltner and André Vitoria (eds), A History of Anticorruption. From Antiquity until the Modern Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.


Ronald Kroeze's research focuses on the history of governance, political corruption and anticorruption as well as on oral history and the history of management, finance and leadership in politics and business in the Netherlands and Europe in the modern era. On his research he has published in books and in peer reviewed international journals such as the Journal for Modern European History, BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review, Management & Organizational History, Business History. Enterprise & Society and The Oral History Review. A recent publication is Ronald Kroeze, Guy Geltner and André Vitoria (eds), A History of Anticorruption. From Antiquity until the Modern Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.


In 2018 he received an internationalisation grant, together with Inger Leemans (VU) and Joost Jonker (UU), from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to initiate and execute a project on financial history and financial heritage, with a focus on stock trading and the influence of finance on society in history.


Kroeze was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) from 2014 till 2017. As a postdoctoral researcher he was involved in the EU funded FP7 project Anticorrp (www.anticorrp) on the history of anticorruption. The results of this research have been published in Ronald Kroeze, Guy Geltner and André Vitoria (eds), A History of Anticorruption. From Antiquity until the Modern Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.


He obtained his PhD in 2013 after he successfully executed a research on corruption and public morality in Dutch politics between 1848 and 1940 that was part of the larger project ‘The Genesis of Public Valuesystems 1650-1950’ and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The results of his research were published in Ronald Kroeze, Een kwestie van politieke moraliteit. Politieke corruptieschandalen en goed bestuur (A question of political morality. Political corruption scandals and good government in the Netherlands, 1848-1940). Hilversum: Verloren, 2013


In 2010 Kroeze had a research sabbatical to work on a project (together with Sjoerd Keulen and James Kennedy) on the history of management and leadership that was part of the larger project ‘Omstreden Democratie’ (Contested Democracy) and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). On this project Kroeze (together with Sjoerd Keulen) published De Leiderschapscarrousel. Waarom iedere tijd zijn eigen leider vraagt (The Leadership carrousel. Why every times asks for its own leader). Amsterdam: Boom, 2011. The book was nominated for the management book of the year award.  


At the Vrije Universiteit Kroeze is coordinator of studies and teaches courses on democracy, corruption, the use of history by business and politics, modern European history in the BA and MA History programmes. He also teaches political philosophy and global justice in the BA programme Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and the course Democracy in Modern History at Amsterdam University College (AUC). He was awarded teacher of the year of the History Department and nominated for both the Faculty’s and University’s teacher of the year award in 2015.

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Kroeze was a visiting scholar at University of Oxford (Corpus Christie College) (2018-2019), University of Avignon, Centre Norbert Elias (2017), University of Warwick (2016) and Humboldt University of Berlin (2014). During his time as a PhD candidate he took summerschools at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Helsinky University and Viadrina University in Frankfurt am Oder. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought and a co-founder and members of the International Scientific Network 'Politics and Corruption: History and Sociology', funded by the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and several other European research institutes. In 2018 he was selected to become a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy (see:


Kroeze is regurlarly invited  by media and societal organisations to comment on corruption, integrity and Dutch politics from an historical perspective.


In 2007 Ronald Kroeze, Marc Hannemann and Sjoerd Keulen set up and executed a project on the history of the eastern border of Europe that was funded by the Wilhemina Jansen Stichting, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs. They visited former and current (symbolic) border places in Europe such as Berlin, Istanbul, Minsk, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Jekaterinburg (Ural) and Vladivostok, analysed national history musea and made use of oral history. The results were published in the academic journal Internationale Spectator, in a series of articles in the Dutch newspaper, on the website of nrc handelsblad and in the book Vals plat in de Oeral. De zoektocht naar de oostgrens van Europa (False flat in the Urals. The search for the Eastern border of Europe) Soesterberg: Aspekt, 2008; reprint 2009)

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  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • History of Corruption
  • History of Anticorruption and Good Governance
  • History of Politics
  • History of Management
  • DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
  • European History
  • History of Corrruption and Anticorruption
  • JC Political theory
  • Political corruption
  • Democracy
  • Management

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History Arts & Humanities
Oral History Arts & Humanities
20th century Business & Economics
Historical perspective Business & Economics
Managers Business & Economics
Organizational change Business & Economics
1980s Arts & Humanities
1990s Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2008 2019

A Life at the Company: Oral History and Sense Making

Kroeze, R. & Vervloet, J., Jan 2019, In : Enterprise and Society. 20, 1, p. 33 46 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Oral History
Oral history

Anticorruption in History. From Antiquity to the Modern Era

Kroeze, R. (ed.), Vitória, A. (ed.) & Geltner, G. (ed.), 2018, Oxford University Press. 454 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Modern Era

De la "politique de la réputation" à la "politique des idéologies" (et retour)? Lanceurs dálerte, dénonciations de la corruption et démocratie hollandaise depuis le XIXe siècle

Kroeze, R., 2018, Dénoncer la corruption: Chevaliers blancs, pamphlétaires et promoteurs de la transparence à l'époque contemporaine. Mattina, C., Monier, F., Dard, O. & Engels, J. I. (eds.). Demopolis, p. 53-74 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

De opkomst van de transparantiedemocratie: oplossing of problem?

Kroeze, R., 2018, Geschiedenis aan de Zuidas. Essays van VU-historici. van Lieburg, F. (ed.). Amsterdam: Prometheus, p. 128-137

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Activities 2010 2018

  • 8 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Expert meeting
  • 1 Editorial work

The rediscovery of anti/corruptionIts history, causes and consequences

D.B.R. Kroeze (Speaker)
14 Sep 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Varieties of Populism

André Krouwel (Keynote speaker), Ronald Kroeze (Keynote speaker)
4 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Oral History: Methodology

D.B.R. Kroeze (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

From manager to moral leader

D.B.R. Kroeze (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic