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Ariadne Schmidt

University Lecturer

Dr. A. Schmidt
+31 71 527 2502

Spreekuur / Hours

Na afspraak / by appointment

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Ariadne Schmidt (1972) is a social and economic historian. She obtained her PhD in 2001 at the University of Amsterdam. In 2002 she was appointed at the International Institute for Social History where she directed the research project Women's Work in the Northern Netherlands c. 1500-1815.

In 2010 she came to Leiden University where she first worked as Program director of the N.W. Posthumus Institute, and lecturer at the section of Economic and Social History.
Currently she works on a research project on Crime and gender before the courts in England and the Netherlands, 1600-1800, see project website.

Dr. Schmidt is affiliated with the research network 'Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe'. This network is designed to seize a timely opportunity to foster extensive collaborative and comparative research on the multi-lateral character of both women and men’s work in order build a new paradigm for approaching modernization in early modern Europe.

Fields of interest

Social and economic history of the early modern time in general, gender history, labour history, women's work, institutions, family history, urban history, crime history, the history of singles.

Selected publications

2012 Ariadne Schmidt and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, ‘Reconsidering the "First Male-Breadwinner Economy": Women's Labor Force Participation in the Netherlands, 1600–1900’, Feminist Economics, 118: 4 (2012) 69-96

2011 Ariadne Schmidt, ‘Labour ideologies and women in the Northern Netherlands, c.1500-1800’, International Review of Social History, 56 (2011) 45-67.

2010 Manon van der Heijden and Ariadne Schmidt, ‘Public Services and Women’s Work in Early Modern Dutch Towns’, Journal of Urban History, vol. 36, no.3 (2010) 285-304.

2010 Ariadne Schmidt, ‘Generous provisions or legitimate shares? Widows and the transfer of property in 17th-century Holland’, The History of the Family: An International Quaterly vol. 15 (2010) 13-24.

2009 Ariadne Schmidt, ‘Women and Guilds: Corporations and Female Labour Market Participation in Early Modern Holland’, Gender & History vol. 21, no. 1 (2009) 170-189.

2008 [with Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk], ‘Between wage labor and vocation: child labor in Dutch urban industry, 1600-1800’, Journal of Social History (2008) 717-736.

2008 Ariadne Schmidt, ‘Managing a large household. The gender division of work in orphanages in Dutch towns in the early modern period, 1580-1800’, TheHistory of the Family: An International Quaterly vol. 13 (2008) 42-57.

2007 ed., [with Manon van der Heijden & Richard Wall] Broken families. Special issue ofThe History of the Family: An International Quaterly 12 (2007) 4.

2005 ed., Vrouwenarbeid in de vroegmoderne tijd in Nederland, themanummerTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis

2001 Overleven na de dood. Weduwen in Leiden in de Gouden Eeuw (Amsterdam 2001).

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.06a



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