Dr Koen Stapelbroek is a Reader/ Associate Professor specialised in the history of political thought and public administration.
He completed Master degrees in Economics and Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam, also studied at the University of Turin, and obtained an MPhil degree (1999) in Political Thought and Intellectual History and a PhD (2004) in History at the University of Cambridge (Kings College).
From 2009-2011 he worked as an Academy of Finland researcher at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Previously (2005-2007) he was involved as a post-doctoral researcher in the NWO-funded Shifts in Governance project Conquest, Competition and Ideology: Inventing Governance in the Dutch Golden Age. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 he was an invited fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. For the Erasmus Center for Early-Modern Studies, he organised several international conferences and seminars - in the Netherlands, as well as in Italy, Finland and Sweden, among which the European Science Foundation Research Conference Reforming the European State System in the Long Eighteenth Century.
He published various articles and edited volumes on Italian and Dutch eighteenth-century political thought and economic reform debates, among which two special issues of History of European Ideas, a special issue of COLLeGIUM: Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Patriots and Reformers: The Rise of Economic Societies in the Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, August 2012; co-edited with Jani Marjanen). His first research monograph is entitled Love, Self-Deceit and Money: Commerce and Morality in the Early Neapolitan Enlightenment (University of Toronto Press, 2008) and won the Dutch-Flemish Association for Italian Studies research prize 2009.
Currently, he is finishing a book on Dutch eighteenth-century political economic reform debates, starting up comparative research on such debates in the old Italian states, and, finally, setting up a project on the history and political theory of Public Administration from the mid nineteenth century onwards.
Dr Stapelbroek is a senior member of The Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) and member of the Huizinga Institute (The Research Institute and Netherlands Graduate School of Cultural History). He is a member of the editorial board of 'History of European Ideas', the leading journal for European intellectual history and political ideas; as well as a member of the Board of Consulting Editors of 'COLLeGIUM: Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences'. He welcomes students looking for supervision on topics involving historical aspects of politics, public administration and international relations.