I hold an Ma. in Germanic languages and history and a PhD in history from Ghent University. Currently I am associate professor ('hoofddocent') at the Department of History at Antwerp University, where I teach world history and contemporary history. Besides being the chair of Power in History - the Centre for political history, I am also Program Director of graduate and undergraduate studies of the History Department.
My research is mainly focused on the history of nations and nationalism in Belgium and Europe. I have written and co-edited several books on the subject, among which: Het rode vaderland. De vergeten geschiedenis van de communautaire spanningen in het Belgische socialisme voor WOI (Lannoo, 2005), Nationhood from below. Europe in the long nineteenth century (co-edited with Marnix Beyen, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), Everyday nationalism’s evidence problem (themed section of Nations and Nationalism, vol 24, Issue 3, 2018, co-edited with Jon Fox), and National indifference and the history of nationalism in modern Europe (Routledge 2019, co-edited with Jon Fox). I have also contributed to leading international journals such as Nations and nationalism, Social history, the International review of social history and the History workshop journal.
Currently I am preparing a monograph for Stanford University Press (under contract), entitled The Everyday Nationalism of Workers: A Social History of Modern Belgium, which offers a radical reinterpration of nation-building in Belgium and Europe in the fin de siècle. I am also in the process of co-editing a volume on Emotions and everyday nationalism in modern European history (co-edited with Xosé M. Núñez Seixas and Andreas Stynen, Routledge, to be published in 2020).
I have held visiting positions at Harvard University (as a Fulbright scholar), at the University of California at Berkeley (Peter Paul Rubens Chair for the History and Culture of the Low Countries) and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am the lead investigator in the FWO funded project Nations and nationalism from the margins.