Danielle van den Heuvel obtained a PhD from the University of Utrecht in 2007. She moved to the University of Kent in 2012 after holding postdoctoral research fellowships at Girton College and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge.
At Kent she teaches the social, cultural, and economic history of Europe between 1500 and 1800, with a special focus on urban history, gender, and material culture. She is the convener of the Early Modernists' Lunch Group and the founder (with Dr Jan Loop) of the MEMS Working Papers Series.
She has published widely on the position of women in early modern Dutch society, retailing during the Consumer Revolution, and street vending and informality (see Publications). Research funding awarded include a Rubicon Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research won her several prizes including the J.R. Bruijn Prize (2003) for her work on sailors' wives, and the Thirsk-Feinstein Dissertation Prize (2008) and the IEHA Dissertation Prize (2009) for her work on female entrepreneurship.
Her current research has a highly interdisciplinary focus and centres around two main themes: the impact of institutions on marginal groups in early modern society, and life in city streets before industrialisation. In this context she explores topics such as the informal economy, women’s work, food markets, and ambulant trading.
She welcomes enquiries from prospective graduate students interested in working on the history of streets, informality and shadow economies, retailing and consumption, women’s work, and guilds, as well as other areas listed above.
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