Prof. dr. J. (Judith) Pollmann

  • Professor of Early Modern Dutch History
  • Early modern Netherlands
  • The Dutch Revolt
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Europe
  • Early modern memory
  • News and public opinion

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2740
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Vaderlandse Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.05
Personal Homepage:​history/​staff/​pollmann.html

Spreekuur / Hours

By appointment

Fields of interest

In the most general sense Judith Pollmann’s work concerns the question how people and societies in the past negotiated change. This has resulted in work on early modern identity formation, the history of the early modern Netherlands and the Dutch Revolt; the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Europe and the social history of religion; the history of early modern memory, news and public opinion. Much of her work is based on the study of chronicles, diaries, and other personal records.

Curriculum vitae

Judith Pollmann studied history at the University of Amsterdam and Renaissance Studies at the Warburg Institute in London. In 1998 she was awarded her doctorate at the University of Amsterdam for a study of the religious development of the diarist and humanist Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641). From 1995-2005 she taught early modern European history at Somerville College and the University of Oxford. She came to Leiden in 2005, and  currently holds a personal chair in Early Modern Dutch History. From 2008-2013 Judith Pollmann was director of the NWO VICI research project Tales of the Revolt. Memory, oblivion and identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1700. A new NWO project, The persistence of civic identities in the Netherlands, 1747-1848, was developed in collaboration with Prof. Henk te Velde and is due to commence in 2015. She is a member of the editorial board of Past and Present.

Selected recent publications

‘Memory before and after nationalism. A revision’ in Michael Böss, (Aarhus UP, 2014), 31-42

‘Schuilen onder de vleugels van Oranje. Over de wortels van het orangisme, 1600-1618’ in H. te Velde en D. Haks (red.) In Oranje onder. Populair orangisme van Willem van Oranje tot nu. Amsterdam: Prometheus-Bert Bakker 2014, 27-45.

Erika Kuijpers, Judith Pollmann, Johannes Müller and Jasper van der Steen (eds.), (Leiden and Boston 2013), 1-23.

‘Of living legends and authentic tales. How to get remembered in early modern Europe’ , sixth series 23 (2013)

‘Met grootvaders bloed bezegeld. Het religieuze verleden in de zeventiende eeuw’, Themanummer 29/2 (2013)

Catholic identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520-1635. Past and Present Book Series (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2011).

Work in progress

In the context of VICI project Tales of the Revolt, Judith Pollmann is currently completing a book provisionally titled Early modern memory.Practicing the past in Europe, 1500-1800. More information on this, and the VICI project generally, can be found at Early Modern Memory online.

Ancillary positions

Past & Present
Member of the Editorial Board

Huizinga Instituut. Onderzoeksschool voor Cultuurgeschiedenis
Chair of the Advisory Board  

Werkgroep Zeventiende Eeuw,


Zeven Provinciën Reeks, Uitgeverij Verloren
Chief editor

Bibliotheca Thysiana Leiden

Member of the general editorial board

Last Modified: 10-12-2015