Gerben Zaagsma holds a Ph.D. in modern history from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. His main fields of interest are modern European Jewish history (including Yiddish Studies), digital and public history. Within the context of digital history he is particularly interested in the methodological and epistemological implications of using new technologies in historical research and writing. He currently works on new projects about the politics of digitisation and the history of digital history, as well as several smaller spatial historical projects.
Gerben previously worked as a researcher at the Public History Research and Consultancy Center of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He studied Yiddish at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, before embarking upon his PhD research project at the EUI. While at the EUI he also developed the portal Yiddish Sources and the website European History Primary Sources (EHPS).
He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, working on a project entitled Jewish responses to anti-Semitism in Paris and London in the late 1930s as European Jewish political history. As an editor, web developer & researcher he then worked at the Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he developed the website Historici.nl.
Before joing the C2DH he worked as a research fellow in the project The diaries of Anne Frank. Research—Translations— Critical Edition at the Lichtenberg Kolleg, The Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Göttingen, where he was responsible for the annotations of the new edition and conducted research on Jews in hiding in the Netherlands, using the experiences of Anne Frank and the other onderduikers as a case study. His book Jewish volunteers, the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War was published with Bloomsbury Academic in April 2017.
For more information see: gerbenzaagsma.org.