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Marieke Oprel Mphil (1990) is PhD candidate in Political History at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) and the Institute for German Studies (DIA) in Amsterdam. Trained in political and cultural history, she specializes in Dutch-German relations after 1945 and the politics of justice in the aftermath of the Second World War. Her research interests are fields and themes in modern history (19th-21th century) of Europe, such as nation- and state building, construction and evolution of national identities and European integration.

Her NWO funded PhD research (2015-2019) “Germans as enemy citizens” focuses on German nationals in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who were declared enemy citizens because of their German citizenship in the aftermath of World War II. The project pioneers an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Dutch administration of justice, aiming to illuminate a forgotten page in Dutch post-war history. Central question is how notions of citizenship functioned as mechanism of in- and exclusion in times of post-conflict and transition, studying the history of German enemy citizens as a case in point to investigate how citizenship was put to the test after 1945. 


Ancillary activities

Since June 2016, Oprel is president of Jong KNHG, the Young Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG). She is also Sprecher (representative) at the Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte (ADNG) and reporter for historici.nl. 

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Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD

1 Sep 20151 Sep 2019

History, Master

1 Sep 201131 Aug 2014

History, Bachelor

1 Sep 200831 Aug 2011


  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • World War II
  • Transitional Justice
  • DD Germany
  • Enemy citizens
  • Enemy Aliens
  • D History (General)
  • Political history
  • JF Political institutions (General)

Research Output 2016 2017

  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Article

Activities 2016 2017

Historicidagen 2017

Oprel, M. O. (Organiser), Legene, S. (Chair)
25 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic


Oprel, M. O. (Organiser)
2 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventSeminarAcademic

Historicidagen 2017

Oprel, M. O. (Organiser)
Sep 2016Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic