Professor of Caribbean Archaeology
Corinne Hofman was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology from 2007 to 2013, and Dean from 2013 to September 2018. She is professor of Caribbean archaeology and director of the Caribbean Research Group at Leiden University, the largest of its kind worldwide.
Corinne Hofman was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology from 2007 to 2013, and Dean from 2013 to September 2018. She is professor of Caribbean archaeology and director of the Caribbean Research Group at Leiden University, the largest of its kind worldwide. After obtaining a BA degree in art history and archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), she completed her MA in pre-Columbian archaeology in 1987 and her PhD in 1993 at Leiden University with a research focus on the Caribbean. Her PhD dissertation dealt with the archaeology of Saba, Dutch Caribbean with an emphasis on the pre-Columbian ceramic development from a combined stylistic, morphological and technological perspective. Since then her research and teaching focusses on the archaeology and indigenous history of the Caribbean. Hofman has an extensive network of international collaborators, and over the years the Caribbean Research Group has generated large numbers of BA, MA, PhD and postdoctoral researchers.
Hofman has conducted research on Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Antigua (Long Island), Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Curaçao, Aruba, and the Dominican Republic over the past 30 years. Her research and publications are highly multi-disciplinary and major themes of interest center around mobility and exchange, colonial encounters, inter-cultural dynamics, settlement archaeology, artefact analyses and provenance studies. Hofman’s projects are designed to contribute to the historical awareness and valorization of archaeological heritage in the culturally and geopolitically diverse islandscape of the Caribbean.
Her articles appear in PloS one, Quaternary Science Reviews, Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Journal of Archaeological Sciences, Latin American Antiquity, Antiquity, Journal of World Archaeology, Journal of Field Archaeology, Human ecology, Remote Sensing, and The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, as well as in a number of local Caribbean Journals, book chapters and more popular articles. Two of her recent books are The Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology (2013, co-edited with William F. Keegan and Reniel Rodríguez Ramos) and the Caribbean before Columbus (2017, co-authored with William F. Keegan), both published with Oxford University Press.
Since 1998, Hofman has obtained numerous prestigious research grants, amongst which an ASPASIA-grant (2003-2008) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), a VIDI-grant (2004-2009), and a VICI-grant (2008-2013), both from the NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. In 2012 and 2013, Hofman was awarded a NWO open competition grant entitled “Island Networks: modeling inter-community social relationships in the Lesser Antilles across the historical divide (AD 1000-1800)”, a HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) grant entitled “CARIB: Caribbean encounters in a New World Setting”, and the highly prestigious ERC (European Research Council) Synergy- grant “Nexus 1492: New World Encounters in a Globalising World”. In these projects Hofman collaborates with Prof. Dr. Gareth Davies (VU University, Amsterdam, Geochemistry), Prof. Dr. Ulrik Brandes (University of Konstanz, Network Science), and Prof. Dr. Patrick Degryse (KU, Leuven, Archaeometry).
In 2013 Hofman was awarded the KNAW-Merian prize for ‘Women in Science’ and in 2014 the Spinoza Prize, which is the highest Dutch award in science. She is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) since 2013, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) since 2015, the Academia Europaea since 2016, and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy since 2018. Since 2013 she is a member of the Netherlands National Commision for UNESCO.
- chair science committee
- chair of the steering group/advisory board