martin_van_gelderenMartin van Gelderen is Professor for European Intellectual History. He was Assistant Professor at the TU Berlin (1989-1994) and Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex (1995-2003). In 2003 he returned to his alma mater, the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, where he had obtained his PhD in 1988. Between 2003 and 2012 he was Professor of European Intellectual History at the EUI. During the last two decades the combination of international academic management and research has been characteristic for his career. He was Director of the Graduate Research Center in the Humanities at Sussex and Dean of Graduate Studies at the EUI (2008-2012) and Director of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen (2012-2021).

In terms of scholarship the emphasis is on the history of political and religious thought, in particular on European traditions of republicanism and on debates on religious toleration. Hallmarks are the four volumes ‘Republicanism: A Shared European Heritage‘ and ‘Freedom and the Construction of Europe‘ – both outcomes of major international research projects co-directed with Quentin Skinner. 

More recently Martin has been working on a new transcription, translations and scholarly editions of the diaries of Anne Frank. Co-edited with Raphael Gross, the new Dutch editio princeps, and English and German editions are reaching the final stage. Work and research for editions in other languages are about to start.

Further research plans for the years to come include a new English edition and translation of Hugo Grotius’ De Iure Belli ac Pacis / The Laws of War and Peace for the series Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought and the monograph Between Erasmus and Rembrandt: Visual and Textual Debates on Republican Politics.


Selected Recent Publications


  • ‘Greek, Patristic and Roman Legacies: Hugo Grotius and the Freedom of Will’ in: Hannah Dawson, Annelien de Dijn (eds.), Rethinking Liberty Before Liberalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • ‘Rembrandt and the Jews: In the Footsteps of Panofsky’ in Ivan Gaskell and Martin van Gelderen (eds.), Rembrandt. Göttingen: Göttinger Verlag der Kunst, 2021 (forthcoming).
  • ‘Über Krieg, Gewalt und Tyrannei: Die Bilder des niederländischen Aufstandes von Bruegel bis Goltzius (1558-1590)‘ in: Ivan Gaskell and Martin van Gelderen (eds.), Sturm der Bilder: Bürger, Moral und Politik in den Niederlanden, 1515-1616. Göttingen: Göttinger Verlag der Kunst, 2016, pp. 57-86.
  • ‘Hot Protestants: Predestination, the Freedom of Will and the Making of The Modern European Mind’ in: Gijsbert van den Brink, Harro Höpfl (eds.), Calvinism and the European Mind, Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 131-154.
  • Quentin Skinner and Martin van Gelderen (eds.). Freedom and the Construction of Europe, 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013/ Paperback edition, 2020.

Erasmian Martin  

Find out more about Martin van Gelderen’s research on his personal website

He also enjoys Twitter conversations @erasmianmartin