dr. (Daniel) DR Curtis

dr. (Daniel) DR Curtis
Associate professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of History
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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I have a new project funded by the NWO VIDI (800,000 euro), which goes by the title "Positively Shocking! The Redistributive Impact of Mass Mortality through Epidemic Diseases and Violent Conflict in Early Modern Northwest Europe". It looks to test recent arguments that catastrophic shocks such as violent conflict and epidemic diseases were the only times throughout history when societies became more equitable - in particular by trying to obtain much more systematic empirical evidence for the pre-industrial period. It is my contention that there were a number of societal and epidemiological conditions that allowed the direction of redistribution to deviate from this suggested pattern. 

I am happy to hear from any prospective students (BA/MA/PhD) interested in the broad domain of environmental hazards, famines and diseases in the past, and their implications for social and economic development over the long term.

  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2012) - Pre-Industrial Societies and Strategies for the Exploitation of Resources:

  • Daniel Curtis (17 March 2020) - Hollywood pandemics - Interview

  • Daniel Curtis (2021) - From One Mortality Regime to Another? Mortality Crises in Late Medieval Haarlem, Holland, in Perspective - Speculum Webinar on “Disease, Death, and Therapy"

  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2020) - Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA)
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2019) - Open Access Book Grant
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2018) - NWO VIDI
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2018) - Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, Article of the Month
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2015) - NWO VENI
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2014) - Scouloudi Historical Research Award
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2013) - British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Leverhulme Trust, Small Research Grant
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2009) - Cambridge Members’ History Prize (2nd)


Year Level
BA-3, BA-3
Course Code

Epidemic Disease, Famine and Development

Year Level
BA-2, BA-2
Course Code

History of Early Modern Societies

Year Level
BA-1, BA-1
Course Code

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