Francisca de Haan

Co-Director MATILDA, European MA in Women's and Gender History, at CEU

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Zrinyi 14. room 508/B
+36 1 327 - 3034 or 3000 /ext 2896


Modern European Women's and Gender History; Modern Political History; Transnational History; Inter/transnational Women’s Movements, 19th and 20th Centuries; Communism and Women from a Global Perspective; Gender and the Cold War; Women's Archives


Battling for the World’s Women, 1945-1975: A Cold War History

This book asks how the ICW, the IAW, and the WIDF understood women’s rights and what kind of critique of world affairs they offered, it explores these organizations’ contributions to improving women’s status, and it shows the profound impact of the Cold War on their outlook and work. Battling for the World’s Women also demonstrates the importance of women’s rights in the Cold War competition between the United States of America and the Soviet Union.



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).

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) (co-author Annemieke van Drenth).

Gender and the Politics of Office Work, the Netherlands 1860-1940 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1998; distributed by Chicago University Press) (revised version of Sekse op kantoor).

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:

Rosa Manus (18811942): The International Life and Legacy of a Jewish Dutch Feminist (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017) Studies in Jewish History and Culture 51, co-edited with Myriam Everard.

This book uncovers the life of Dutch feminist and peace activist Rosa Manus, co-founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, vice-president of the International Alliance of Women, and founding president of the International Archives for the Women’s Movement (IAV) in Amsterdam, revealing its rootedness in Manus’s radical secular Jewishness. Because the Nazis looted the IAV (1940), including Manus’s large personal archive, and subsequently arrested (1941) and murdered her (1942), Rosa Manus has been almost unknown to later generations. This collective biography offers essays based on new, in-depth research on pictures and documents from her archives, returned to Amsterdam in 2003, as well as other primary sources. It thus restores Manus to the history from which the Nazis attempted to erase her.

Women’s Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, co-edited with Margaret Allen, June Purvis and Krassimira Daskalova (New York and London: Routledge, 2013).

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).

Co-edited yearbooks:

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

Vol. 10 (2016): Thematic part: Finding Women in the Archives: Experiences and Stories from CESEE

Vol.  9 (2015): Thematic part:  “Rethinking Empire from Eastern Europe”

Vol.  8 (2014): Thematic part:  “Gender and 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

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

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

“Eugénie Cotton, Pak-Den-ai and Claudia Jones: Rethinking Transnational Feminism and International Politics,” Journal of Women’s History, 25/4 (2013): 174-189 (special issue for JWH 25th anniversary).

“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.


 - Invitation to occupy the “chaire d’excellence” of the project EHNE Écrire une nouvelle histoire de l’Europe (Writing a new history of Europe), a cooperation of the Universities Paris-Sorbonne, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Nantes, Fall 2017. and

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

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

- Residential Fellow, National Humanities Center, NC (2008-2009), with a 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)


Dr. habil, History, Central European University, 2016
Ph.D., Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1992
M.A. in History, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1985