Francisca de Haan

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Ph.D., 1992, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
M.A., 1985, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Academic/Professional Experience and Achievements: 


* Transnational History

* European Women’s and Gender History

* Inter/transnational Women’s Movements

* Left Feminism

* The Cold War and Gender



Rethinking Women of the Cold War: A Transnational Feminist Political History

This book, based on primary research in about ten countries, focuses on the International Alliance of Women (IAW), the International Council of Women (ICW) and the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) during the Cold War.

Rosa Manus: Internationalist – Feminist – Peace Activist (1881-1942). Essays, Pictures, Documents

With Myriam Everard, I am preparing this edited collection about the Jewish international feminist and peace activist Rosa Manus (1881-1942) and the politics of the international women’s movement of the time.




Een eigen patroon. Geschiedenis van een joodse familie en haar bedrijven, ca. 1800-1964 [A Pattern of Their Own. History of a Dutch-Jewish Family and Its Businesses from about 1800 to 1964] (Amsterdam: Aksant Academic Publishers, 2002)

Francisca de Haan - Een eigen patroon

The Rise of Caring Power. Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler in Britain and the Netherlands (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1999; distributed by Chicago University Press) (with Annemieke van Drenth)

The Rise of Caring Power

Gender and the Politics of Office Work, the Netherlands 1860-1940 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1998; distributed by Chicago University Press)

Gender and the Politics of Office Work in the Netherlands, 1860-1940

Sekse op kantoor. Over vrouwelijkheid, mannelijkheid en macht, Nederland 1860-1940  [Gender in the Office. On Femininity, Masculinity and Power, the Netherlands 1860-1940] (Hilversum: Verloren, 1992)


Co-Edited Books and Yearbooks

Women’s Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, co-edited with Margaret Allen, June Purvis and Krassimira Daskalova (Routledge 2012)

Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books).

Vol. 8 (2014):  Thematic part: “Gendering the Cold War”

Vol. 7 (2013): Thematic part: “Women’s Autobiographical Writing and Correspondence”

Vol. 6 (2012): Thematic part: “A Hundred Years of IWD in CESEE”

Vol. 5 (2011): Thematic part: “Gendering the History of Spiritualities and Secularisms in Southeastern Europe”

Vol. 4 (2010): Themes: Gender, the Body and Sexuality; and Women and War

Vol. 3 (2009): The Gender History of Everyday Life

Vol. 2 (2008): Women Writers and Intellectuals

Vol. 1 (2007): Women’s Movements and Feminisms

A Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms. Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th Centuries, Francisca de Haan, Krassimira Daskalova and Anna Loutfi, eds., (Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2006; reprinted 2008)

Jaarboek voor Vrouwenge­schiede­nis [Women’s History Yearbook] Vol. 8-10 (Nijmegen: SUN, 1987-1989).

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Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

“Women as the Motor of Modern Life: Women’s Work in Europe West and East,” in Women and Gender in Postwar Europe: From Cold War to European Union, eds. Joanna Regulska and Bonnie G. Smith (London and New York: Routledge, 2012) 87-103.

“A Concise History of Women’s Rights,” UN Chronicle XLVII no. 1 (2010).

Continuing Cold War Paradigms in the Western Historiography of Transnational Women’s Organisations: The Case of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF), Women’s History Review (Sept. 2010): 547-573.

“Hoffnungen auf eine bessere Welt: Die frühen Jahre der Internationalen Demokratischen Frauenföderation (IDFF/WIDF) (1945 – 1950)” in Gabriele Kämper, Regine Othmer, Carola Sachse (Eds.), Gebrochene Utopien. Feministische Studien vol. 27, no. 2 (November 2009): 241-257.

“‘Moi qui n’ai jamais connu la soumission!’ L’émancipation des femmes en Europe aux XIXe et XXe siècles,” in 27 Leçons d’histoire. Les rendez-vous de l’histoire.  Préface de Jean-Noël Jeanneney (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 2009) 97-111.

The IAV/IIAV Archival Policy and Practice: Seventy Years of Collecting, Receiving, and Refusing Women’s Archives (1935-2005)’, in Saskia Wieringa ed., Traveling Heritages: New Perspectives on Collecting, Preserving and Sharing Women’s History (Amsterdam: Aksant, 2008) 23-46 (with Annette Mevis)

‘Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg’, in Bonnie G. Smith ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (Oxford etc.: Oxford University Press, 2008) vol. 3, 329-333.

‘A “Truly International” Archive for the Women’s Movement (IAV, now IIAV): From its Foundation in Amsterdam in 1935 to the Return of its Looted Archives in 2003’, Journal of Women’s History vol. 16, no. 4 (2004): 148-172.

‘Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845)’, in: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 21 (Oxford University Press 2004), 92-95.


 * International Scholar Fellowship, Melbourne University, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (Summer 2013)

* Guest Professor, History Department, Stockholm University, Sweden (Fall 2009)

* Fellow at the National Humanities Center, NC (2008-2009) (John E. Sayer Fellowship, endowed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

* The Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms was a 2006 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” Selection

* Vice-President of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (2005-2010)

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