Neuere Geschichte

Dr. A. Sophie Rose

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Seminar für Neuere Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen




2022 - 2023
Universität Duisburg-Essen, Postdoktorand
2017 - 2022
Universität Leiden, Doktorrand

Abschlussarbeit: “Regulating Relations: Controlling Sex and Marriage in the Early Modern Dutch Empire” (Aufsicht durch Prof. Dr. Cátia Antunes und Dr. Karwan Fatah-Black)

2015 - 2016
The University of Chicago, Masterstudiengang, Master of Arts Programme in the Social Sciences (Geschichte)

Abschlussarbeit: “Spectators of Suffering: Antislavery and The Politics of Morality in the Dutch Republic, 1763-1797” (Aufsicht durch Prof. Dr. Jan Goldstein)

2014 - 2015
Universiteit Utrecht, Masterstudiengang, Kulturgeschichte
2011 - 2014
Amsterdam University College, Bachelorstudium Liberal Arts and Sciences

Inkl. McGill University, Montreal, Austauschprogramm 2013

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Sophie Rose recently completed her PhD at Leiden University, the Netherlands, where she formed part of the collaborative research project Resilient Diversity: The governance of racial and religious plurality in the Dutch empire, 1600-1800. In addition to her research, which involved archival work in The Hague, Amsterdam, London, and Jakarta, she taught History and Academic Writing courses at Leiden University. Her first book, Regulating Relations: Intimacy and social (dis)order in the early modern Dutch empire (based on her dissertation) is in preparation. Her current research project, which started in 2022 at the University of Duisburg-Essen, focuses on alien legislation and wider questions of belonging in the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao during the Age of Revolutions (roughly the 1780s to the 1820s). This research forms part of the project, led by Prof.Dr. Jan Jansen, titled Ambiguity and Disambiguation of Belonging – The Regulation of Alienness in the Caribbean during the Revolutionary Era (1780s–1820s) which is funded by the DFG and part of the interdisciplinary research unit 2600 “Ambguität und Unterscheidung”, hosted at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Sophie also regularly collaborates with the ERC-project “Atlantic Exiles” at the University of Tübingen.



  • History of Empire

  • Dutch Colonial History

  • Atlantic History

  • Legal and Social History

  • Sex and Gender

  • Race, Religion, and Ethnic Identification

  • Slavery


  • PhD Cum Laude, Leiden University, 5 April 2023

  • Raymond D. Fogelson Prize for the Best MA Thesis in the Ethnological and Historical Sciences in the MAPSS Program. The University of Chicago, 2017

  • The University of Chicago Graduate Fellowship, 2015

  • Graduate Studies Grant, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, 2015

  • Thesis of Highest Distinction, Amsterdam University College, 2014




  • "Contesting Ketubas, Negotiating Nuptials: Sephardic Women and Colonial Law in Eighteenth-Century Suriname" e-Journal of Portuguese History 21:1 (2023): 54-72,

  • (With Elisabeth Heijmans) ‘From impropriety to betrayal: policing non-marital sex in the Early Modern Dutch empire’, Journal of Social History 55:2 (2020): 315-344.

  • ‘Authorities’ responses to violence against enslaved Africans: comparisons between eighteenth-century Curaçao and Berbice’, Basiton: Working Papers on Slavery and its Afterlives 1:2 (2020): 15-19.

  • (With A. van Steensel et al.) ‘Belgische en Nederlandse stadsgeschiedenis in historische tijdschriften (2018-2019)’ , Stadsgeschiedenis 15 (2020) 54-79.



  • ‘Rechtszaken als bron.’ in Rose Mary Ellen, Esther Captain, Matthias van Rossum, and Urwin Vyent (eds.) Staat en slavernij: Een terreinverkenning van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden,. Amsterdam: Athenaeum, 2023.