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Betto van Waarden

Historian of media and politics, Lund University

Betto van Waarden is a Marie Curie Fellow at Lund University, and is currently conducting research for his new project ‘Presenting Parliament: Parliamentarians’ visions of the communication and role of parliament within the mediated democracies of Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands, 1844-1995’. Previously, he received postdoctoral fellowships from the KU Leuven and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, where he explored new digital methods for analysing large corpora of press and parliamentary data. Van Waarden obtained his PhD also at the KU Leuven, after successfully defending his dissertation on ‘Public Politics: The coming of age of the media politician in a transnational communicative space, 1880s-1910s’. He also holds an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in liberal arts and sciences from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. Van Waarden has a background in politics and media himself, having worked for the European Commission in Brussels, the World Affairs Council, United Nations Information Center, and Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and the news magazine De Groene Amsterdammer in Amsterdam. Based on his scholarship and experiences, he has written on media and politics in numerous academic journals, as well as in Le Monde Diplomatique, De Volkskrant, Het Financieele Dagblad and De Morgen. Van Waarden’s research is aided by his knowledge of Dutch, English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.


  • –present
    Historian of media and politics, Lund University


  • 2019 
    KU Leuven, PhD in History