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Debby Esmeé de Vlugt

PhD candidate

D.E. de Vlugt MA
+31 71 527 2727

I'm an external PhD Candidate in American History at Leiden University. I work at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) in Middelburg, where I study the transnational influence of the Black Power movement. I have a master's in US History from the University of Oxford and a bachelor's in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Roosevelt / Utrecht University. My current supervisors are Giles Scott-Smith and Damian Pargas

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Fields of interest

  • North American interconnections
  • Transnational activism
  • Racism and whiteness
  • Identity and intersectionality
  • Food History
  • 20th century history


My PhD research focuses on the transnational connections between the Black Power movement and Afro-Caribbean protest in the former Netherlands Antilles and Suriname between 1968 and 1975.


2019 - present
Board Member at the Netherlands American Studies Association (Netherlands)

2016 - 2017
Course Representative at Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Intern at Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp (Belgium)

2015 - 2016
Student representative at Board of Studies (UCR)

2015 - 2016
Chair at Academic Affairs Council, University College Roosevelt (Netherlands)

Research Intern at Roosevelt Study Center (Netherlands)

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis
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