Leo Lucassen new director International Institute of Social History

13 February 2020

The Academy is appointing Leo Lucassen as director of the International Institute of Social History (IISG). Earlier this week it was announced that the current director Henk Wals is leaving the IISG to become director at Academy Institute DANS. They will both take up their new positions at the beginning of April.

Lucassen has been research director at the IISG since 2014, he also holds the chair Global Labour and Migration History in Leiden and is an assistant professor at the University of Aalborg (Denmark). Lucassen specialises in global migration history, urban history, labour history, state formation, eugenics and other socio-political developments in modern states. Lucassen is a former fellow of the New School for Social Research in New York and The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). In 2011, he became a member of the Academia Europaea and last year he was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Lucassen is chair of the editorial board of the International Review of Social History (IRSH) and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Global History (JGH).

About the International Institute of Social History (IISG)

The IISG is one of the most important international centres for research into socio-economic history. The institute provides access to the world's most extensive socio-economic-historical data collection, brings together researchers from all over the world and provides publication channels. The IISG conducts excellent research into the global historical development, functioning and consequences of social inequality in relation to the development of industrial relations. The results are shared both within research circles and with society. Moreover, by safeguarding the (sometimes threatened) heritage of social movements, the institute fulfils an essential social function. Since 2016, the IISG, together with the Huygens Institute for Dutch History and the Meertens Institute, has formed the Academy Humanities Cluster, in which the institutes carry out joint research projects and work closely together in an operational sense and with regard to digital research infrastructure.