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Beatrice de Graaf

Professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University


Beatrice de Graaf is a historian and a security & terrorism researcher. Her research focuses on how states and societies try to maintain high levels of security and how these attempts relate to core values and institutions (democracy, freedom, rule of law, constitutional and responsible government). She studies the emergence of and threats to such security arrangements from the 19th century until the present, including in times where both the effectiveness and the legitimacy of these arrangements were at risk.

She currently leads the “Securing Europe” (SECURE) project, funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant. She is a fellow in the ISIS Files project / Program on Extremism at the George Washington University. In Utrecht, she is also lead developer of the TerInfo project, an open source platform for primary schools, secondary schools and higher education to prepare material on sensitive issues such as terrorism, conflict and radicalization for use in the classroom. In 2018, Beatrice de Graaf was awarded with the NWO Stevin Prize, one of the highest honours in Dutch Academia. As of 1 December 2019, Beatrice has been appointed Distinguished Professor.