Faculty research as the foundation of programme content

The Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective at Utrecht University is judged best out of all comparable programmes at other universities by the Keuzegids Masters Selection Guide 2019. Our teachers are an important factor in this success. Your education is provided by recognised experts in the field. Core lecturers of our programme include:

Prof. Beatrice de Graaf
Professor Beatrice de Graaf

Beatrice de Graaf is Professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance. Her interests include the history of national security in the West (19th-21st centuries) and the development of security thinking, counterterrorism and political violence, securitisation and international relations. She frequently appears in the media as a commenter and as an expert on terrorism. For an example, please view her lecture at DWDD University.

Dr Marloes Beers

Marloes Beers is Assistant Professor and member of the core-team of the MA International Relations in Historical Perspective. Her research focuses on the history of the European integration process. The main themes of research are European energy cooperation, especially in the 1970s, and European identity. Marloes Beers has published widely on these issues, with a particular focus on the complex decision-making process on energy within Europe, the influence of the OECD on this process and the creation of the International Energy Agency

Dr Laurien Crump

Laurien Crump is an Associate Professor in Contemporary European History and Co-Coordinator of the MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective. She is specialised in multilateral diplomacy and European security during the Cold War from both a Western and an Eastern European perspective. Her recent monograph, published by Routledge, is The Warsaw Pact Reconsidered. International Relations in Eastern Europe, 1955-1969 was awarded with the international 'George Blazyca Prize' for 'the best book on Eastern Europe'. Laurien Crump’s research also contributes to the public debate on crucial topical questions, e.g. through newspaper articles and radio interviews on European security, relations with Russia and the 'New Cold War'.

Dr Lorena de Vita

Lorena De Vita is an Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University and a Co-Coordinator of the MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective. An award-winning lecturer and researcher, her research focuses on the international history of the Cold War, on the international politics of the Arab/Israeli conflict, and on post-1945 European history. Her findings were published both in academic outlets, e.g Cold War History, and popular media, such as The Washington Post. 

Dr Frank Gerits

Frank Gerits is a lecturer in the history of international relations at Utrecht University, a fellow at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and an external fellow at the University of Shanghai. His research focuses on African international history and the diplomatic history of ‘The rest’. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Cold War History, the International History Review, Diplomatic History and the Journal of African History and has been a visiting fellow at KULeuven, the Institut Française du Nigeria and the University of Shanghai. He currently heads the Uglobe Decolonisation Group.

Dr Peter Malcontent
Dr Peter Malcontent

Peter Malcontent is an Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations. He is specialized in Dutch foreign policy on human rights, development cooperation, the Arab-Israeli conflict and transitional justice. On the latter, he recently published the first comprehensive handbook analysing all available instruments to deal with historical injustices - ranging from international criminal tribunals to truth commissions - from a comparative perspective (Facing the Past, Intersentia, 2016). 

Drs Stefanie Massink

Stefanie Massink is a Lecturer in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University and Internship Coordinator of the MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective. Her research mainly focusses on the Cold War era, specializing in Dutch foreign policy, Spanish history in an international perspective and Dutch-Spanish diplomatic relations, from the Spanish Civil War to the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy (1936 - 1977).

Prof. Jacco Pekelder
Prof Dr Jacco Pekelder

Jacco Pekelder s an Associate Professor in the History of International Relations and Honorary Professor at Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany). He is specialised in terrorism and political violence and in the history of contemporary Europe and Germany. In 2016, he started the winning student social-media campaign 'Dare to be Grey'. This campaign received the first prize in a worldwide contest organized by Facebook and the US State Department to challenge students to develop a social-media strategy to counteract extremism and radicalisation. See: http://dtbg.nl/

Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges

The Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective is part of the interdisciplinary Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe). UGlobe aims to support and encourage study and research on international issues across the humanities and law at Utrecht University. This approach to international studies connects the multidisciplinary knowledge of the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance with that of the Humanities, and promotes synergy between these two subject areas.

Extensive social network and internship possibilities

An internship strengthens your position on the career market as it offers you possibilities for self-development and to gain valuable workplace experience. Our years-long experience with internships, extensive social network, and good name – among others, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – can help you find the internship best matched to your career goals.

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Read more about Utrecht University.