Kim Beerden read Classical Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) after which she completed her MPhil History at the University of Leiden, specializing in Ancient History (cum laude). Her thesis explored the possibilities for application of comparative method to divination and was awarded the Fruijn prijs 2007 for best history thesis at the University of Leiden. Kim has written her PhD thesis Worlds full of signs: ancient Greek divination in context (Brill, 2013), in which she systematically compares Greek divination to divinatory practices in Neo-Assyrian Mesopotamia and in Republican Rome. She is employed as a lecturer at Leiden University – and won the LUS Teaching Prize for best lecturer in 2016. For more information on her research and her publications, please refer to Kim Beerden's website.
Her research interests remain focussed on the history of mentality in the ancient world, with a special focus on religion, uncertainty/crisis and food studies.