Leo Lucassen elected to the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

25 April 2019 - 8:48

We are proud to announce that our research director, Leo Lucassen, has been elected to the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The Academy has selected nineteen new members. Members of the KNAW, leading scientists from all disciplines, are chosen on the basis of their scientific achievements. The KNAW has around five hundred and fifty members. A membership is for life.

The new Academy members will be installed on Monday 16 September.

IISH Staff | Leo Lucassen | Photo by Martin van Welzen

Leo Lucassen (1959)
Scientific director of the International Institute of Social History (IISG) and part-time professor of work and migration history at Leiden University

Leo Lucassen is a renowned researcher in the field of migration history. He conducts research into global migrations over the past millennium, into interactions between migrants and the already present population and into migration policy. Lucassen thereby bridges the gap between historical research and the social sciences.

He regularly participates in social debates, including as a guest in Buitenhof, as an author of articles in national newspapers and as an active Twitterer. Lucassen wrote the book Five centuries of migration (2018) with his brother Jan (honorary fellow at the IISH and member of the KNAW).