Prof. Beatrice de Graaf holds the new chair in History of International Relations & Global Governance since 1 February 2014. De Graaf is a leading expert in the field of terrorism, conflict and security. She is a well-known researcher and discussion partner for governmental and societal institutions and the media.
De Graaf (1976) studied Modern History and German language and culture at Utrecht University and Universität Bonn (1998, cum laude). She received her PhD degree from Utrecht University in December 2004 with her thesis ‘Across the Wall. The GDR, the Dutch churches and the peace movement which received the Max-van-der-Stoel Human Rights Prize. She worked in Utrecht as assistant professor until 2007. In 2007she co-founded the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism at the Campus The Hague, Leiden University. She was appointed professor for Conflict and Security History at Leiden University (2011In addition to her contributions to the strategic theme ‘Institutions’ she investigate the origins and makings of a European Security Culture in the long 19th Century with her team of researchers within theEU Consolidator Grant (SECURE. Securing Europe, Fighting its Enemies. The making of a European security culture, 1815-1914), that she was awarded in 2014. Furthermore, she participates in international and national (scholarly) debates on terrorism and security, and frequently comments on matters of terrorism and security in the printed and broadcasted media. Amongst others, she is Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations, member of the Dutch Young Academy, and sits on the editorial boards of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence.