Liesbeth's research concerns dynastic rule in the Early Modern period, particularly in the Spanish Habsburg Monarchy. She has focused on dynastic history in both Europe and West-Asia, particularly in the Spanish-Habsburg Monarchy and Safavid Iran, writing about the role of junior family members in dynastic rule and the conceptualization of dynasties.
Liesbeth got her MA from Leiden University (2002) and PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2008), both in the Netherlands. Since 2008 she has worked as a lecturer at Utrecht University and Leiden University, and she has been a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden, Radboud University Nijmegen and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (Germany).
Currently, she works together with Harald Gustafsson on a project titled ‘Re-thinking Dynastic Rule: Dynasties and State Formation in the Habsburg and Oldenburg Monarchies, 1500–1700’, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (2018-2020).
Other tasks and qualifications
Assistant editor of The Court Historian
Series Editor, Early Modern Court Studies, Amsterdam University Press
Member Editorial Board for the book series Early Modern History, published by Editorial UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain)