Gerhard de Kok
Gerhard de Kok is a university lecturer at the Institute for History.
De Kok’s research focuses on Dutch maritime connections with the colonial world. Research interests include European trade with West-Africa before 1870, colonial investments and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. De Kok makes extensive use of digital tools and programming techniques. He is an ardent supporter of Digital Humanities.
Gerhard de Kok obtained both his MA in Maritime History (cum laude, 2012) and his PhD (2019) at Leiden University. He has worked as a researcher and postdoc in the fields of Maritime History and Colonial History. For his PhD thesis, De Kok researched local economic effects of the Dutch participation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. After completing his PhD, he worked as a postdoc on an economic history of the colonial connections of Rotterdam. This research project was hosted at the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. He is currently teaching at Leiden University.