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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

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



  • European Association for Urban History Secretary
  • Stichting Historisch Leiden bestuursllid
  • Crime, History & Societies Member editorial board
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