Fields of interest
My main fields of interest are crime, gender and urban history from the 18th- to the early 20th-century in Europe and in the colonies. I am particularly interested in gender relations in crime and in the role of gender in different judicial systems. In addition, I focus on the use of different (urban) spaces for criminal purposes.
I am a University Lecturer in Social History at Leiden University since 2017, with expertise on crime and gender history.
I completed my PhD in 2012 at the University of Leicester, UK which was then published as Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports (2015). I have published extensively on the history of prostitution and continue to be interested in this topic in a long-term perspective.
In 2012, I moved to Leiden to become a post-doc and co-director of the NWO-project Crime and Gender, 1600-1900 led by Prof. Manon van der Heijden. I have been working on crime and gender relations in criminality in the nineteenth century, in Bologna, Amsterdam and Le Havre: I showed that the gender bias noticed in the UK judicial system was not as strong on the continent and that the type of crimes committed was linked to the development of the welfare state. My next book Crime and Gender in nineteenth-century Europe will be published in 2019.
I am currently co-directing the project Dangerous Cities, Mapping Crime in 19th-century Amsterdam and Leiden, which aims at mapping crimes in the past to highlight possible correlations between spatial features and crime opportunities. This project makes use of GIS, linking criminal records with Leiden and Amsterdam cadasters.
My new research project focuses on gender relations in transnational crimes late 19th – early 20th century, with a specific focus on the Caribbean region.
My teaching duties as a University lecturer cover a wide range of courses, from first-year economic and social history seminars to Master research seminar on the ‘Criminal Migrant’. I received my BKO (university teaching qualification in The Netherlands) in 2018.
Marion Pluskota; Petty Criminality, Gender Bias, and Judicial Practice in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Journal of Social History, Volume 51, Issue 4, 1 June 2018, Pages 717–735, https://doi.org/10.1093/jsh/shx156
Pluskota M. (2015), Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports Perspectives in Economic and Social History. Abingdon: Routledge.
Pluskota M. (2017), “Prostitution and Labour Relations”. In: Rodriguez Garcia M., Nederveen Meerkerk E. van, Heerma van Voss L. (Eds.) Selling Sex in the Cities. Leiden: Brill.book chapter
Pluskota M. (2017), “Prostitution in Amsterdam, 1600-2000”. In: Rodriguez Garcia M., Nederveen Meerkerk E. van, Heerma van Voss L. (Eds.) Selling Sex in the Cities. Leiden: Brill.