Debby Esmeé de Vlugt MA

Lecturer
History of International Relations
d.e.devlugt@uu.nl

I am a Lecturer in the History of International Relations with a background in 20th-century North American, Caribbean, and Atlantic history. My research focuses on the transnational history of the Black Power movement, looking specifically at connections between activists in the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (including the former Netherlands Antilles and Suriname) in the 1960s and 1970s. My key research interests include transnational activism, solidarity networks, (anti)racism and decolonization.

 

Before joining Utrecht University, I was a PhD candidate at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg and the Institute for History at Leiden University. I have an MSt degree in US History from the University of Oxford, St. Antony's College, and a BA (summa cum laude) in Liberal Arts and Sciences with majors in History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies from University College Roosevelt. I was also a 2022 Visiting Fellow at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in London.

 

Since 2019, I have been a board member of the Netherlands American Studies Association (NASA). In that same year, I founded its student journal, the Netherlands American Studies Review (NASR), of which I was editor-in-chief until 2022. My own work has appeared in the Journal of American Studies, De Moderne Tijd, De Nederlandse Boekengids, and Nog Meer Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland . See 'Publications' for further details.