On August 1, 2020, I took up a position as Assistant Professor in Digital History at the University of Amsterdam. My research interests include the philosophy of history, historical methods, and the study of cultural-historical phenomena using computational means with a specific interest in the formation and evolution of ideas and concepts in public discourse. Oh, and I really like to study advertisements and consumer products.
Together with Thomas Smits, I am working on a project in which we try to replicate Erving Goffman’s findings regarding gender displays using computer vision and more robust statistical analysis
Together with Jelle van Lottum, Lodewijk Petram, and Marijn Koolen, I am working on a study in which we try to model career trajectories in the East India Company.
I am one of the program chairs of the Computational Humanities Research Workshop
I recently finished a NWO-KIEM project called HisVis, in which I examined the use of scene detection for cultural heritage institutes. We applied and fine-tuned existing scene detections algorithms to a large collection of historical photographs provided by the Noord-Hollands Archief.