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Pepijn Brandon is assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History. His work focuses on the history of capitalism, war and economic development, and slavery.

Brandon obtained his MA in history in 2007 (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, and his PhD in history (cum laude) in 2013 at the same institution. His dissertation, published in 2015 as War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795) (Leiden: Brill 2015; paperback edition Chicago: Haymarket Books 2017) was awarded 'Best dissertation of the year 2013' by the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Culture and History and won the D.J. Veegens Award of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and HumanitiesFrom September 2014 until January 2016, Brandon has worked at the University of Pittsburgh on an NWO-Rubicon fellowship. In 2016, he obtained an NWO Veni-scholarship. Brandon is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Review of Social History. He was Harvard University's Spring 2020 Erasmus Lecturer on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University.




Ancillary activities

  • Convict Leasing and Labor Project | Sugarland, TX | Adviseur | 2019-09-01 - present
  • SOC21 | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2019-09-01 - present
  • Stichting In Mijn Buurt | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2019-09-01 - present

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  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • Capitalism
  • War
  • Slavery
  • State formation
  • Colonialism
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • Labour History
  • History of Social Movements
  • Global History
  • HB Economic Theory
  • Heterodox economics
  • Classical political economy
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Financial history


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