Dr Joris van den Tol


After completing a BA in History and an MA in Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam, I went to Leiden University for my PhD as part of a larger research project. In 2018, I completed my PhD on lobbying in relation to the Dutch colony in Brazil in the seventeenth century. The research for my dissertation formed the basis for my first book Lobbying in Company that was published by Brill in 2020. From 2019 to 2021, I was a postdoc at Harvard University working on a project on Anglo-Dutch lobbying in the seventeenth-century Atlantic World. I will continue to work on this project at Cambridge University on a Marie Curie Fellowship, where I will also focus on the question why a successful economic network wanted to become a formal Company.

A central theme in my research is how individuals were able to influence (economic) institutions. An important instrument for Early Modern people were petitions. In the past I have published, among other things, on Chinese Petitions to Dutch leadership in Asia, non-Dutch petitions in Dutch colonies in North America and Brazil, and the relationship between petitions, personal relations, and public opinion for lobbying in the seventeenth century.

What I look forward to most as a PDRA at Queens’ is an infrastructure for meeting new people, a sense of community, and interesting conversations over lunch or dinner. I can’t wait to meet people in real life again.

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate