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. I have written and co-edited five books, among which: Nationhood from below. Europe in the long nineteenth century (co-edited with Marnix Beyen, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012). I have also contributed to international journals such as Nations and nationalism, Social history, the International review of social history and the History workshop journal.
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.