Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, I studied History of Societies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. There I conducted both historical research and policy research. In 2012, I received a Ph.D. in History from the Erasmus University Rotterdam for a dissertation on the historical and political thought of the Dutch scholar Marcus Zuerius Boxhorn (1612-1653).
After finishing my Ph.D., I became a freelance researcher. I also decided to extent my knowledge and skills, and educate myself to become a teacher (History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2014). Now, I work as a freelance researcher, teacher and writer, for both profit and nonprofit organizations.
In my spare time, I still conduct my own historical research. My main research and teaching interests are in the history of the Low Countries, the long nineteenth century and the 'age of extremes'.