Maria Grever (1953) is professor of Theory and Methodology of History, and director of the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
She studied Social and Economic History at the Radboud Unversity Nijmegen (graduation 1981) and defended her PhD thesis on gender and historiography (1994) at the same university. Her cum laude dissertation won the SNS-Bank Award of the Nijmegen University for best PhD dissertation at the recommendation of an academic jury.
In 2006 she founded the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University which initiates, coordinates and produces academic research on historical culture. The Center aims at functioning as an intellectual forum for international scholars in the field of historical culture by organizing lectures, workshops and conferences, the publication of scholarly results, the promotion of national and international cooperation and exchange, and attracting national and international PhD-students and post-docs. The Center strives to bridge the gap between the academic world and the popular / educational sector by initiating, maintaining and extending cooperative relationships with various institutions. See www.eshcc.eur.nl/chc/
Between 2002 and 2007 Maria Grever was a board member of the Faculty of History and Art Studies, and director of BA and MA Programs, History Department, EUR. She has been convener and co-convener from several national and international conferences. In 2010 she became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Over the years she has been involved and still is as president or board member of KNAW committees, national foundations, advisory boards, editorial boards of journals, and other professional (historical) organizations. In november 2015, she received the first ENVH Athena Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the promotion of female talent within science in general and within Erasmus University Rotterdam in particular. Since 2017 she is head of the History Department (ESHCC).
Her main research interests are historical culture, historical consciousness and theory of historiography; collective memory and identity; monarchy, gender and political culture.
She was program leader of several research projects - e.g. Paradoxes of De-Canonization (2004-2007) and Heritage Education, Plurality of Narratives and Shared Historical Knowledge (2009-2014), both funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Currently she leads the research program War! Popular Culture and European Heritage of Major Armed Conflicts (2015-2021). Co-leader is prof.dr. Stijn Reijnders. She is supervisor of several PhD dissertations.