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Edwina Hagen is an Assistant Professor of Cultural History and Undergraduate Coordinator of the VU History Department. She also teaches at the Amsterdam University College and the Radboud University. At the VU, she teaches courses at BA and MA level on Early Modern European History, Revolutions, State- and Nation Building, History of Emotions, Public History.

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Hagen's research focuses on the connection between culture and politics during the revolutionary period in the Netherlands (1780-1815). Her qualitative and biographical approach reflects a particular historical interest in human agency and the individual, as evidenced by people’s changing practices, emotions and attitudes toward power and political authority. Her work highlights revolutionary efforts to reshape cultural norms about femininity, masculinity, gender and power relations, as well as religious and civic virtues and national identity. Hagen is inspired by a wide range of sources, from democratic print culture, parliamentary papers to clothing and portraits and political expressions in ‘egodocuments’ (writings such as personal letters, autobiographies, diaries), theater plays and novels. Hagen’s PhD on Dutch Enlightened and Protestant Anti-Papism around 1800 received national coverage by the Dutch press and was praised by historians as ‘an exemplary dissertation’ (Professor Emeritus G.J. Schutte) and ‘Darntonian’ (Professor Emeritus A.W.F.M. van de Sande). Articles by Hagen on the image-creation and emotional self-fashioning of Dutch revolutionaries have been published in peer reviewed journals as well as in popular historical magazines. In 2012 she attracted nation-wide media and public attention for her well-received and Libris History Prize nominated political biography on the statesman Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck (1761-1825) and his wife Catharina Nahuys (1770-1844). The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, received the first copy.

Hagen is currently working on several article and book projects, which include:

  • (with Martijn Icks, UvA): a special issue of the Dutch Journal of History on Character Assassination throughout the Ages
  • presenting/chairing a session at the International Conference “Auto/Biography and Reputation Politics” Vienna, Austria, February 6–8, 2020
  • a book which explores the relationship of culture to politics through the lens of personal relationships between Dutch and American revolutionaries, in the context of the Age of Revolutions, based on extensive archival research in New York - a case study on the Dutch revolutionary Adam Gerard Mappa (1754-1828)

Ancillary activities

Since 2013: Board Member of the Stichting (Foundation) Daendels (website:

Columnist Geschiedenis Magazine

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Education/Academic qualification

Cultural and Religious History, PhD, University of Amsterdam

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Self-fashioning Arts & Humanities
Revolution Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities
Historian Arts & Humanities
The Netherlands Arts & Humanities
Historical Research Arts & Humanities
Political Culture Arts & Humanities
Emotion Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1998 2019

Amerika en Nederland: revolutionaire partners in de 18de eeuw

Hagen, E., Jan 2019, In : Geschiedenis Magazine. 1, p. 23

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

"A Truly Respectable Character" or a "Devil" and a "Pharisee". Attacks on a Dutch-American Revolutionary Character: Adam Gerard Mappa (1754-1828)

Hagen, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management. Shiraev, E. B., Keohane, J., Icks, M. & Samoilenko, S. A. (eds.). Routlegde

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

Daendels op een voetstuk

Hagen, E., Jun 2019, In : Geschiedenis Magazine. 5

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

De (revolutionaire) reputatie als keurslijf

Hagen, E., Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Geschiedenis Magazine. 8

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

De groene revolutie van de 18de eeuw is tijdloos

Hagen, E., Apr 2019, In : Geschiedenis Magazine. 3, p. 36

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Activities 2010 2019

  • 13 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 PhD thesis examination
  • 1 Editorial work

Anti-Catholicism, Politics and Emotions in the Netherlands around 1800

Edwina Hagen (Speaker)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Daendels-(hoofd)lezing Hattem

Edwina Hagen (Speaker)
10 Feb 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Achttiende Eeuw (Journal)

Edwina Hagen (Associate editor), Joris Oddens (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 2015

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

The Power of Protocol

Edwina Hagen (Speaker)
12 Sep 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Press / Media

‘Gezocht langs de IJssel: nazaten van de revolutie’

Edwina Hagen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment