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We invite applications to our upcoming graduate seminar. 

In 2019 the RIAS launched a short-term research fellowship. This program is meant to enable early career scholars and young researchers to spend a period of research in Middelburg. The fellowship’s main goal is to help with the preparation of grant proposals, the finalization of peer-reviewed articles, and the fine-tuning of PhD dissertations.

After a refreshing two weeks' holiday the RIAS is open for researchers again.

The staff wishes you a happy 2020! 

RIAS Staff 2019

On 24 October 2019 Professor James J. Kimble of Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey) gave an entertaining public lecture about Norman Rockwell’s visual promotion of the Four Freedoms in the 1940s, entitled "Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the War of Ideals: The Struggle for the Four Freedoms in History and Memory."

Anne L. Foster (Indiana State University) will be based at the RIAS in Fall 2019.

On Tuesday 12 November 2019 the RIAS hosted a Masterclass with Roosevelt Visiting Professor Anne L. Foster. 

This summer the winner of the Theodore Roosevelt American History Awards 2019, Queeny van der Spek, spent a week in North Dakota, where she was hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. 

On 10-11 October 2019 the RIAS held the conference "Futures of Food" together with Food Delta Zeeland and the HZ University of Applied Sciences (Vlissingen). 

The RIAS invites applications for a Short-Term Research Fellowship. 

In the mid 1990s the Roosevelt Institute (RI) in New York established the Roosevelt Foundation for the Study of the United States at Moscow State University (MSU).

On Thursday 24 October 2019, Professor James Kimble presented the Fall Roosevelt Lecture on "Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the War of Ideals: The Struggle for the Four Freedoms in History and Memory" at the RIAS.

Empire Ascendant, by our postdoctoral researcher Cees Heere, will be out with Oxford University Press in December 2019.

The Marilyn B. Young Grant 2019 has been awarded to Michelle Carmody from the School of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Melbourne (Australia) for her research project "Amnesty International and the Challenge of Human Rights in US Foreign Policy."

On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June 2019 the RIAS hosted a two-day research seminar, involving the Institute’s PhD candidates alongside the research group of the “Cities of Refuge” project led by Barbara Oomen.

The 2019 Theodore Roosevelt American History Award was awarded to Queeny van der Spek (Amsterdam).

On 27 May 2019 our postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Cees Heere, joined a roundtable discussion on "The EU Elections: Populism, Nationalism, and the 'New Europe.'" 

Ilia Lakstygal, a history PhD student at Moscow State University, visited the RIAS in May 2019 as the first participant in a new New York-Moscow-Middelburg research cooperation agreement.

Peter Rose (Smith College) will be based at the RIAS in the Spring 2019.

After its official launch at the "New Diplomatic History" Conference at the RIAS in October 2018, the journal's first issue is published.

The RIAS provides three-month internships to Dutch BA/MA students with an interest in the United States. Over the years, our growing network of alumni has gone on to use their experience at the RIAS as a stepping-stone for a wide variety of further careers. 

On Tuesday 2 April 2019, the US Ambassador to Netherlands Peter Hoekstra delivered the Spring Roosevelt Lecture on "The U.S. and the Netherlands: Building on 400 Years."

As of 1 January 2019 the academic director of the RIAS Giles Scott-Smith has been appointed as Roosevelt Chair in New Diplomatic History at Leiden University.

The RIAS has extended its primary sources on Jimmy Carter with the acquisition of a 46-reel  microfilm collection on foreign policy during his presidency. 

The RIAS is a proud partner of the Erasmus Mundus International Master “GLOCAL – Global Markets, Local Creativities.”

The RIAS is open at the "Open Dag" of the Province of Zeeland on Saturday 23 February 2019.

The RIAS welcomes our new PhD student Debby Esmeé de Vlugt. After completing her BA at University College Roosevelt and her master's degree at University of Oxford, she now returns to Middelburg for her PhD.

The RIAS wishes you a happy and healthy 2019.

The RIAS wishes you a happy and healthy 2019.

The RIAS will be closed from Monday 23 December until Friday 4 January. 

On 10 December 2018 the RIAS organized a roundtable at the Middelburg bookshop De Drvkkery, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The keynote lectures of the symposium "Seeking Refuge: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Refugees and Asylum" (27-28 September 2018) are now available to listen online.

Megan Griffiths, this year's winner of the Theodore Roosevelt American History Award, has returned from her visit to the United States.  

University College Roosevelt (UCR) will host a multidisciplenary conference on the United States as a "fraternal society."

The RIAS, in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg, organizes a one day conference on American communities abroad and their broader socio-economic, cultural, environmental and political impact.

Places are still available for the keynote lecture by Udo Janz, former director of UNHCR New York, who will close the public symposium on Refugees and Asylum on 28 September 2018

The RIAS is delighted to welcome Thomas Doherty, who will hold the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the institute during the Fall of 2018. 

We invite proposals for the next edition of the RIAS's international PhD seminar. 

On Friday 28 September 2018, Dr. Hedy Rose will present the Autumn Roosevelt Lecture on "My Childhood in Hiding: Amsterdam, 1942-1945" at the RIAS.

The RIAS will host a public symposium “Seeking Refuge: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Refugees and Asylum,” on 27-28 September 2018. Keynote speakers are Udo Janz (former director of UNHCR) and Peter Rose (Smith College, USA).

This year's Theodore Roosevelt American History Award was awarded to Megan Griffiths (Leiden) for her thesis on the Salem witchcraft 'crisis' of the 1690s.

From 2-4 May 2018, the Director of Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, Halbert Jones, visited the RIAS. During his visit, it was agreed that the two American Studies institutions would deepen their cooperation by facilitating the exchange of short-term visits between Oxford and Middelburg.

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 4:30 pm the RIAS and the Roosevelt Foundation will host Karen Armstrong for a special Roosevelt Lecture to accompany the 2018 Four Freedoms Awards.

On Friday 1 June 2018 the RIAS hosted the Amerikanistendag, the annual students' conference of the Netherlands American Studies Association.

The RIAS Library will be closed from Thursday 10 through Monday 21 May 2018 due to public holidays and the celebration of the Four Freedoms Awards.

As of 1 May 2018, the RIAS offers access to digital collections of primary materials on slavery, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and more.

On Friday 25 May 2018 Professor Damian Pargas, executive director of the RIAS, will deliver his inaugural address at Leiden University, entitled 'Promised Lands: Seeking Freedom in the Age of American Slavery.'

On Monday 16 April 2018 the RIAS and University College Roosevelt hosted the American Professor Emeritus Peter Rose from Smith College. Professor Rose delivered the Spring Roosevelt Lecture on 'The Stranger at the Gate: The Politics and Morality of US Immigration and Refugee Policy from FDR to Trump.'

On Friday 16 March 2018 two policy officers from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will present their views on 'Transatlantic Cooperation 2.0' at the first Transatlantic Lecture of 2018.

The RIAS hosts a small, but dynamic community of doctoral students.  

The RIAS will host the 24th annual Amerikanistendag on Friday, 1 June 2018.

The Roosevelt looks back at an eventful and successful year. 

'Bridging Divides,' the 3rd Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network, was held at the RIAS from 24 through 26 October 2018. Keynote speakers were Naoko Shimazu (Yale-NUS College Singapore) and John Watkins (University of Minnesota).

The RIAS staff is pleased to announce the 2018 Marilyn B. Young Research Grant, a a new program to support research on the history of US foreign policy and especially its overlap with social and civil rights history. The grant will be offered to scholars who are interested in using the RIAS holdings and collections to further their research.

All keynote dialogues from the 'Pursuing the Rooseveltian Century' conference are now available online.

The RIAS team is also taking a break for the holidays. The RIAS will be closed from 22 December through 2 January.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you in the New Year!

Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society

We invite proposals for the next edition of the RIAS's long-running international PhD seminar.

The RIAS is pleased to welcome Professor Justin Hart, who joins the RIAS as visiting professor until 17 December 2017.

Three new publications by RIAS Academic Director Giles Scott-Smith.

On Wednesday, 4 October 2017,  Professor Justin Hart (Texas Tech University), visiting professor at the RIAS, delivered the latest installment of the Roosevelt Lectures. The lecture is now available online.

The RIAS welcomes it latest staff member: Professor Damian Pargas. Professor Pargas serves as the Institute's Executive Director and holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair of History and Culture of the United States and the Americas at Leiden University.

TRAHA 2017 winner Renee de Groot has just returned from her visit to the North Dakota Badlands. Her report is now available.

The RIAS will host a research seminar for current PhD students whose work covers the history, politics, or culture of the United States.

On 30 November and 1 December 2017, RIAS hosted an international conference dedicated to exploring the 'Rooseveltian Century' as a historical theme.

To mark the launch of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, the institute will host a major international conference in November 2017, dedicated to exploring the ‘Rooseveltian Century’ as a historical theme and an interpretative framework.

Cees Heere joins the RIAS as a postdoctoral researcher.

The official opening of the RIAS took place on 20 April 2017.

During April-May 2017, Prof. Bruce Kuklick of the University of Pennsylvania is the first Visiting Professor at the RIAS.

On 10 May Prof. Bruce Kuklick will give the first Roosevelt Lecture in American History for 2017, with the title 'Fascism Comes To America'.

On 24 May 2017 the RIAS, together with local partners (Middelburg City Council, Roosevelt Foundation, and University College Roosevelt), held an international policy workshop on the subject of LGBTQ Elderly Care.