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Bastiaan Bouwman

Postdoc Fellow, SCRIPTS Cluster

I am a historian of human rights, migration, and international relations in the twentieth century, with a focus on the Cold War, decolonization, and the role of nongovernmental organizations.


2014 – 2019                 PhD in International History, London School of Economics (LSE)

2010 – 2013                 Research MA in History, University of Amsterdam

2007 – 2010                 BA in Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

2006 – 2010                 BA in History, University of Amsterdam


2020 – present             Postdoctoral Fellow at Cluster of Excellence on ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)’, Freie Universität, Berlin
2019 – 2020                 Fung Global Fellow, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University

2016 – 2019               Managing Editor at Cold War History, LSE IDEAS


Refereed journal articles

2018: ‘From Religious Freedom to Social Justice: The Human Rights Engagement of the Ecumenical Movement from the 1940s to the 1970s’, Journal of Global History, 13, 2 (2018) 252-273.


2017: ‘Outraged, Yet Moderate and Impartial: The Rise of Amnesty International in the Netherlands, 1961-1980’, Low Countries Historical Review, 132, 4 (2017) 53-74.


Book chapters and edited volumes

2018: ‘1948 – De Wereldraad van Kerken en dekolonisatie’ [1948 – The World Council of Churches and Decolonization], in Lex Heerma van Voss, et al., eds., Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland [World History of the Netherlands] (Amsterdam: Ambo Anthos, 2018) 570-576.


2015: ‘Uncomfortable Bedfellows: Why Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Are Better Off Separate’, in: Anthony Chase, ed., Transatlantic Perspectives on Diplomacy and Diversity: Select Essays from the 2014 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship (New York: Humanity in Action Press, 2015) 97-115.


2012: Rimko van der Maar and Bastiaan Bouwman, trans., ‘The Netherlands, the Missile Crisis, and Cuban-Dutch Relations, 1962-1964: Documents from the Dutch Archives’, in: James G. Hershberg and Christian F. Ostermann, ed., The Global Cuban Missile Crisis at 50: New Evidence from Beyond the Iron, Bamboo, and Sugarcane Curtains, and Beyond (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2012) 674-707.


Monographs in preparation

From Liberalism to Liberation: The World Council of Churches and Human Rights


Web-based publications

2017: ‘Nairobi, 1975: The World Council of Churches and Human Rights’, in Fabian Klose et al., eds., Online Atlas on the History of Humanitarianism and Human Rightshttp://wiki.ieg-mainz.de/ghra/articles/bouwman-nairobi.

2013: ‘Present at the Undoing: The Netherlands and the Multilateral Force’, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, http://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/present-at-the-undoing.


Grants, awards, and fellowships

2020 (2 months): Postdoctoral Fellowship at German Historical Institute, Washington, DC (deferred to 2021 due to Covid-19)

2018 (6 months): Doctoral Fellowship at the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz

2017: PhD Small Grant, LSE Marshall Institute

2016: 'Global Humanitarianism Research Academy', University of Exeter, Leibniz Institute of European History, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Exeter and Geneva

2014: 'The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship', Humanity in Action, Washington, DC and Paris

2012-2013 (3 months) Junior Scholar at the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC