© Frank RuiterGeerten Waling PhD is a Dutch author, columnist, pundit and historian. He is currently a postdoc researcher at Leiden University and coordinates an interdisciplinary research network on political legitimacy.

To date, Waling has authored and co-authored six books on the history of democracy, popular sovereignty, civil society and political legitimacy. He obtained his PhD and teaching degree from Leiden University in 2016 for his dissertation 1848 – Club Fever and Revolution. Democratic Experiments in Paris and Berlin (originally published in Dutch, with an English translation due to be released in 2019; English Summary here).

Waling is a regular columnist for de Volkskrant, Elsevier Weekblad, and de Nederlandse Boekengids/Dutch Review of Books, as well as a frequent guest commentator on radio and television.