Laurien Crump is Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations. She is specialised in multilateral diplomacy and European security during the Cold War from both a Western and an Eastern European perspective. During her Phd she researched the multilateralisation of the Warsaw Pact, which resulted inter alia in a monograph, published by Routledge: The Warsaw Pact Reconsidered. International Relations in Eastern Europe, 1955-1969. Her book was recently awarded the international 'George Blazyca Prize' for 'the best book on Eastern Europe'. She also wrote numerous articles and book chapters on international relations in and with Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

Laurien has been awarded a VENI-grant (250.000 Euro's) by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in July 2017 for her project 'The Multilateralization of European Security: Conducting the Cold War through the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), 1972-1990'. Laurien is as such working on the Pan-European security dialogue during the second half of the Cold War. She does not only contribute to the scholarly debate on this topic, but also to the public debate, e.g. through newspaper articles and radio interviews on European security, relations with Russia and the 'New Cold War'.

Laurien is also actively involved in teaching at all levels. She has numerous coordinating and managerial duties, also on departmental and faculty level, and she is inter alia responsible for the coaching of all new lectures within the department of History and Art History and for the revision of the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO). She is also one of the co-founders of the new 'Leergang Universitair Onderwijs' (Teacher Training Trajectory), which the Humanities Faculty initiated in September 2017. She is a member of the 'core team' of the History of International Relations section with a special responsibility for teaching.


Foundation of the Warsaw Pact, Warsaw, May 1955