Wouter Kreuze

Gerda Henkel Fellow in Digital History

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


Biographical Summary

Wouter Kreuze joined the GHI as the Gerda Henkel Fellow in Digital History in September 2023. During his fellowship, he is also affiliated with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). He obtained B.A. degrees in History and Italian and an M.A. degree in History from Leiden University. During this time, Wouter was also involved in a digitalization project on documents from the Vatican Archives about the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians). In addition, he also undertook an internship at the Dutch embassy in Rome. After having worked with an academic publisher, he enrolled into a PhD program in Digital Humanities at University College Cork. Here he developed his dissertation within the EURONEWS project on the social, political, and cultural repercussions of the introduction of the manuscript newsletter.

The history of news and the genre of the manuscript newsletter still constitutes his main research interest. Wouter is interested in developing a new digital method for collecting and analyzing the large extant quantities of handwritten news. This would allow for a better understanding of how the development of a news genre influenced the perception of reality and the existence of geographical and religious identities.

Main Areas of Interest

  • History of Information
  • History of News
  • Digital Humanities
  • Cultural History
  • Development of (national) identities