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Ms. Lonneke Geerlings MA MPhil (1986) is an interdisciplinary historian, biographer, editor and organizer. She is currently a PhD candidate in History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2014-2019). Her NWO funded transnational PhD research is called Travelling Translator. Rosey Pool (1905-1971) a Dutch Cultural Mobilizer in the ‘Transatlantic Century’ . This will result in an interdisciplinary biography on Rosey Pool - Dutch translator, educator and anthologist of African American poetry.

Geerlings has conducted elaborate archival research in over 35 archives in the Netherlands, the United States, Great Britain, and Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in History (Leiden, 2011) and a Master’s degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies (VU Amsterdam, 2012). Research for her Research MA thesis ‘Dolle Mina and the United States. 1968-1970’ included a semester abroad in the United Kingdom, and a short period of research at University of California, Berkeley. In 2015 Geerlings was a Postgraduate Fellow at the Eccles Centre/British Library at the British Library in London. In 2017 she was a Fellow at EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) at the Bundesarchiv in Berlin. Geerlings has presented her research at conferences in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Romania, Great Britain, and the United States. She has been invited to give guest lectures at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and Brighton (UK).

Besides her PhD research, she is editor for Historica, the Dutch journal for gender history. In her private (but also professional) time she is passionate about (punk) rock, old timer mopeds and motorcycles, and the 'sixties' in general.


Guest lectures in courses Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2014-2016   Europa en de Wereld III, undergraduate course
2015-2016   Humanities, undergraduate course
2015-2016   Imagining the Dutch. Themes in Dutch History, undergraduate course

2016 University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

Prizes and Awards

2017  Nomination for Horst Frenz Prize | American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
2013  Nomination MPhil thesis for Johanna Naber-prize for Women's History | The Dutch Association for Women's History (VVG)



2017 Funding renewal website Vereniging voor Geschiedenisgeschiedenis (VVG) | Wilhelmina Drucker Fundatie
2017  Annette K. Baxter Travel Grant | American Studies Association (ASA)
2016  Symposium Black History & Gender | CLUE+, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2016  Travel grant | Catharina Halkes Fonds
2016  EAAS Postgraduate Travel Grant | European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
2016  EHRI Fellowship | European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) Fellowship at Bundesarchiv, Berlin.
2015  BAAS Fellowship / Postgraduate Award | The Eccles Centre for American Studies / British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
2010  Erasmus Exchange Program | Erasmus

2014 PhD funding NWO, Free competition Humanities | Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Ancillary activities

  • Dutch Association for Women's History (VVG) | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2017-05-01
  • Historica. Dutch Journal for Gender History | Amsterdam | Editor | 2017-05-01
  • Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG) | The Hague | Audit committee | 2017-05-01

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Education / Academic qualification

History, Master, Leiden University

History (minor), University of Dundee

Comparative Arts & Media Studies, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cultural Studies, Bachelor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Research Output 2009 2018

Open Access