Geerten1 uitsnedeI am Geerten Waling (1986), a Dutch historian, based in Amsterdam. Currently, I am employed by Leiden University as a postdoc researcher and as the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Profile Area Political Legitimacy. My most recent book came out in 2017 and is about Dutch MP’s who leave their parties while keeping their seats in Parliament (“Zetelroof“).

In 2016, I obtained my PhD and teaching degree at Leiden University’s Institute for History. My dissertation was about democratic experiments in the European revolutions of 1848. It was published as a Dutch-language book by Vantilt (Nijmegen): 1848 – Clubkoorts en revolutie. Democratische experimenten in Parijs en Berlijn (English summary: here).

Besides my academic work, I write op-eds and columns. After a two-months trip through the USA, I published a collection of Dutch essays and columns on democracy in America: Zoeken naar de democratie in Amerika (2016). In 2014, I co-edited a book with the three core documents of the Dutch Revolution (1579-1581) constituting the ‘birth documents’ of the Dutch nation: De geboortepapieren van Nederland (2014). In 2013, I co-edited a Dutch version of Ernest Renan’s What is a nation? (2013). In 2010, I co-founded a platform for Young Historians from all over the Netherlands.


Find more information about my PhD thesis here (in Dutch); an English summary here; and here (in English) about the broader research project ‘The Promise of Organization’.

Find an overview of my columns and articles here (Dutch).

Also, I perform as organizer, speaker or moderator of lectures, seminars and conferences on a variety of historical, cultural and political topics. Contact me for more information.