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Manon van der Heijden

Professor Comparative Urban History

Prof.dr. M.P.C. van der Heijden
+31 71 527 2670

Manon van der Heijden is Professor of Comparative Urban History at the Institute for History.

More information about Manon van der Heijden

Spreekuur / Hours

Na afspraak / by appointment

Curriculum vitae

Prof. dr. Manon van der Heijden is a social historian, working in the field of early modern urban history. In 1998 she received her Ph.D. at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she worked from 1992-1998. From 1999-2006 she was appointed at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Since September 2006 she works at Leiden University. In 2005 she was granted a NWO VIDI project Civil Services and Urban Communities, 1500-1800. In 2012 she was granted a NWO VICI project Crime and Gender 1600-1900. Since 2014 Manon van der Heijden is member of the Academia Europaea.

Fields of interest

  • Early Modern Urban History
  • History of Crime and Justice (Historical Criminology)
  • History of Marriage and the Family
  • History of Public Services and Citizenship

Memberships and functions

  • Member of the Academia Europaea
  • Secretary of the European Association for Urban History
  • Member of the History of Towns
  • Member of the Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen
  • Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Faculty of Humanities
  • Member editorial board Crime, History & Societies
  • Chief editor Brill series Crime & the City in History
  • Co-chair Steering Committee Recognition & Reward Leiden University


  • 2005-2010   NWO Vidi grant “Civil Services and Urban Communities, 1500-1800”
  • 2011-2016    NWO Aspasia grant
  • 2012-2017    NWO Vici grant “Crime and Gender 1600-1900”
  • 2020-2025   NWO Open Competition “Tolerant Migrant Cities? The case of Holland, 1500-1900’

Selected publications

Manon van der Heijden et al eds., The World and The Netherlands. A Global History from a Dutch Perspective (Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2023)
Women's Criminality in Europe, 1600-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
The Uses of Justice in Global Perspective 1600-1900 (Routlegde, 2019)
Women and Crime in Early Modern Holland (Brill, 2016) 
Misdadige vrouwen. Criminaliteit en rechtspraak in Holland 1600-1800 (Prometheus Bert Bakker, 2014)
Manon van der Heijden, Civic Duty. Public Services in the Early Modern Low Countries (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)
Manon van der Heijden et al eds., Serving the Urban Community. The Rise of Public Facilities in the Low Countries (Aksant Academic Publishers, 2009).
Manon van der Heijden, Geldschieters van de stad. Financiële relaties tussen burgers, stad en overheden 1550-1650 (Bert Bakker, 2006)
Manon van der Heijden with Paul van de Laar (red.), Rotterdammers en de VOC. Handelscompagnie, stad en burgers, 1600-1800 (Bert Bakker, 2002).
Manon van der Heijden, Huwelijk in Holland. Stedelijke rechtspraak en kerkelijke tucht, 1550-1700 (Bert Bakker 1998).

Professor Comparative Urban History

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.09




  • Historisch Nieuwsblad Medwerkering aan podcast Historische boekencast
  • European Association for Urban History Secretary
  • Stichting Historisch Leiden bestuursllid
  • Crime, History & Societies Member editorial board
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