Hans Cools

Hans Cools

Breughel Chair in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

734 Williams Hall

Hans Cools is the visiting Breughel Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2006, he works as an assistant professor in early modern history at KU Leuven (Belgium). Previously he held fellowships in Italy and the Netherlands. In his research, he focuses on political culture in the early modern Habsburg polities, on cultural and political brokerage and on memory politics in the Low Countries. Currently, he prepares a book on the seventeenth century Italian merchant Francesco Feroni in Amsterdam and his involvement in the slave trade.

Office Hours
Tuesday 2-4 PM or by appointment

Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, NetherlandsM.A. Ghent University, BelgiumB.A. University of Antwerp, Belgium

Research Interests

Social, Political and Cultural history of the early modern Low Countries, Italy and France; Historical culture in the Low Countries and France since the 19th century

Selected Publications
  • ‘An Italian voice on the Dutch Revolt: The work of Francesco Lanario in a European perspective’, in Ethan M. Kavaler & Anne.-Laure Van Bruaene eds., Netherlandish Culture of the Sixteenth Century: Urban Perspectives (Studies in European Urban History 41), Turnhout (Brepols), 2017, 375-388 (together with Nina Lamal).
  •  ‘Le corps du prince dans les anciens Pays-Bas. De l’État Bourguignon à la Révolte’, in Micrologus. Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies, 22 (2014), 253-295 (together with Éric Bousmar).
  • ‘Bishops in the Netherlands on the Eve of the Catholic Renewal, 1515-‘59’, in Jennifer .M. DeSilva ed., Episcopal Reform and Politics in Early Modern Europe (Early Modern Studies 10), Kirksville MO (Truman State University Press), 2012, 46-62.
  • War, State and Society in England and the Netherlands, 1477-1559, Oxford etc. (Oxford University Press), 2007, 395 pp. (together with Steven Gunn and David Grummitt).
  • ‘Francesco Feroni, intermediario in cereali, schiavi e opera d’arte’, in Quaderni Storici, 41 (2006), 353-366.