My research concerns (early modern) Dutch literary culture (ca. 1600-1800). I am interested in topics, themes and authors. For instance: drama, pamphlets and satire; images of the self & the other, national identities and diversity, citizenship, the Dutch canon, Brongersma, Coornhert, Focquenbroch, Smids, Vondel, Vos (see also ‘Publications’)

Currently I am preparing book about ca. 20 early modern Dutch female authors in the northern provinces (co-author Jannie van der Kloet) and a revised edition of the comedy Warenar (P.C. Hooft) in the educational series Tekst in Context (Amsterdam University Press).

September 2011- August 2020 (retirement): director Dutch Studies Program (University of Groningen)

September 2018 – July 2020: member of the Meesterschapsteam Nederlands

1-1-2017 – 1-1-2021: member Advisory Board (Biography Committee) Dutch Foundation for Literature

May 2013 -January 2019: chief-editor of Internationale Neerlandistiek (Amsterdam University Press) the peer reviewed journal of the Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek (IVN)

Until September 2018: member of the editorial board of Nederlandse letterkunde, peer reviewed (A-)journal on (Dutch) literary studies (Amsterdam University Press). 

In mijn vrije tijd ben ik vrijwilliger-gids bij het Kloostermuseum St. Bernardushof in Aduard, vrijwilliger-secretaris van de Aduarder Tennis Club en, sinds mijn pensioen (1/8/2020), vrijwilliger-bestuurslid van de Stichting Voedselbank Het Hogeland.