Bastiaan Bouwman

Visiting Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009

Biographical Summary

Bastiaan Bouwman joined the GHI as a visiting fellow in November 2021. His main fields of interest are the history of human rights, humanitarianism, and displacement in the twentieth century, particularly in relation to nongovernmental organizations, religion, and the global Cold War. Bastiaan received his PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2019. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script’ (SCRIPTS) at the Freie Universität Berlin, as well as a doctoral fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz. He also served as managing editor at Cold War History journal and co-organized the LSE International History Research Seminar.

Currently, Bastiaan is completing a monograph, From Liberalism to Liberation: The World Council of Churches and Human Rights. Meanwhile he is working on his second project, on the relationship between religious humanitarianism, postwar reconstruction, and the genesis of the international refugee regime. In close relation to this, Bastiaan organized the international conference ‘Refugees and the (Global) Cold War’, held at SCRIPTS in October 2021. His work has been published in the Journal of Global History, Low Countries Historical Review, and Contemporary European History, which in 2021 awarded him Honorable Mention for its Annual Prize.

Main Areas of Interest

  • History of human rights and humanitarianism
  • Refugee history
  • History of religious internationalism
  • History of nongovernmental and international organizations
  • History of the global Cold War
  • Transnational and international history