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Ronald Kroeze is associate professor of history and director of studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research and teaching focus on the history of modern Europe, democracy, peace and conflict, anti/corruption, global good governance,(new public) management, "uses of the past" by businesses, colonial politics and oral history. Since 2019 he coordinates the research project ‘Colonial Normativity. Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations’ that is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This international project compares the role of corruption in Dutch and Indonesian histories of state-formation. In 2018 he received a NWO-grant (together with Inger Leemans (VU) and Joost Dankers UU) to form an international network to execute a research on financial history and heritage. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the international network 'Politics and Corruption', funded by the French CNRS. 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 key 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.

Research

Ronald Kroeze's research focuses on the history of global good governance, anti/corruption and colonial politics as well as on oral history, heritage ("uses of the past") and the history of (new public) management, finance and businesses 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 key publication is Ronald Kroeze, Guy Geltner and André Vitoria (eds), A History of Anticorruption. From Antiquity to the Modern Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

 

Since 2019 he coordinates the research project ‘Colonial Normativity. Corruption and difference in colonial and postcolonial histories of empire and nations’ that is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-Open Competitie). This international projects consists of several subprojects that together compare the role of corruption in Dutch and Indonesian histories of state-formation and economic development 1870s-2010s.

 

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, the influence of finance on society in history and how financial organisations use the past.

 

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.  

Teaching

At the Vrije Universiteit Kroeze is director of studies and teaches courses on democracy, corruption and 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.

Ancillary activities

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: https://www.amsterdamyoungacademy.nl/).

 

Kroeze is regularly 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 nrc.next, 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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Keywords

  • 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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