Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Mazower; Year: 2014
Nick is a PhD candidate specialised in modern European and international political and economic history. He is working on a history of economic sanctions from 1914 to the 1950s. The project explores how these measures arose as a way to exploit the interdependence of the twentieth-century world economy, a project that became known at the end of the First World War as the ‘economic weapon’. His research examines the development of sanctions from the perspectives of international politics, economic governance, military strategy and the laws of war.
Nick is a Richard Hofstadter Fellow at Columbia and is also supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. He is affiliated with the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and co-organises its working group on economic history. In 2016 he organises, together with Madeline Woker, a special seminar series on economic topics, “Money, Numbers and Power”, sponsored by the American Historical Association’s History in Action project and INET. The seminar brings together students and scholars in history with their colleagues in political science, economics, sociology to work on topics of mutual interest in economic history, broadly construed.
Having grown up in Belgium and the Netherlands, Nick studied history, economics and philosophy at University College Utrecht, where he received his BA magna cum laude in 2012. He subsequently received an MPhil with distinction from King’s College, Cambridge with a dissertation on the political thought of Karl Polanyi. His essays and book reviews have appeared in Het Financieele Dagblad, The Huffington Post, Cambridge Humanities Review, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and King’s Review, where he is a contributing editor.