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Nadine Akkerman

University Lecturer

Dr. N.N.W. Akkerman
+31 71 527 2152

Recent and on-going research

I have published extensively on women’s history, diplomacy, masques and on my current research interest, espionage. I have spent the academic year of 2015-16 as a fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), completing a monograph on seventeenth-century British female spies or so-called “she-intelligencers”. This work started as a VENI project entitled “Female Spies or ‘she-Intelligencers’: Towards a Gendered History of Seventeenth-Century Espionage”, which I concluded in March 2015, and followed on from my the RUBICON project of 2011, “Enigmatic Cultures of Cryptography, 1603-1642”.

As part of the international research team ‘Signed, Sealed and Undelivered’, a collaboration with Yale, MIT, Oxford, and Groningen, I am the main applicant of the NWO Added Value in Humanities grant (2016-2017) and of the NWO Internationalisation in the Humanities grant (2016-2019). For details see brienne.org.

My primary ongoing project is the editing of the complete correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), Queen of Bohemia, published by OUP in three volumes, of which my prize-winning PhD (2008) serves as the groundwork:

  • Vol. I: 1603-1631 (publ. 20 Aug. 2015)
  • Vol. II: 1632-1642 (publ. 25 Aug. 2011)
  • Vol. III: 1643-1662 (forthcoming 2017)

​A biography is also in preparation with OUP.




My research activities have been supported, among others, by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, NWO, and the British Academy. In 2009 I was awarded the Studieprijs Stichting Praemium Erasmianum, a national award, for the completion of an extraordinary PhD in the field of humanities, social sciences or behavioral sciences.

Dissemination of Research

I have been historical advisor to several exhibitions. Follow me on twitter @misswalsingham.

My publication -Courtly Rivals: Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662) and Amalia von Solms (1602-1675) in The Hague- appeared on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name at the Historical Museum in The Hague ('Het Haags Historisch Museum') held between 24 October 2014 and 15 March 2015.

Curriculum Vitae

I studied English Language and Literature at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam from 1996 to 2001. In November 2008 I was awarded my PhD in English Literature ‘cum laude’ (with distinction) for a dissertation entitled, “The Letters of A Stuart Princess: The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Electress Palatine of the Rhine, and Queen of Bohemia”. My dissertation includes a census of all the letters, either to or by the Queen of Bohemia, many of which are dispersed in archives across the world and which were before my edition mostly unpublished. I have been lecturing at Leiden since 2007.

1 September 2015 – 30 June 2016
Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)

1 March 2011 - 1 March 2015
NWO VENI research fellow at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

27 May 2014 – 4 July 2014
Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham

1 February 2010 - 28 February 2011
NWO RUBICON research fellow at Leiden University's Institute for History

Since 1 September 2007
Lecturer, Leiden University

1 August 2006 – 1 August 2007
Junior lecturer Radboud University Nijmegen

1 September 2002 – 9 December 2006
PhD student / Junior lecturer Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Teaching activities

In the first semester of the academic year of 2016-2017, I will be coordinating and teaching the BA course Literature 1A, Introduction to Literary Studies in English.

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.06a



  • Dr. C. L. Thijssen-Schoute Foundation a foundation for the promotion of the History of Ideas in the Early Modern Period