Bastiaan Bouwman (PhD)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Freie Universität

Cluster of Excellence 'Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)'

Freie Universität

Forschung und Projekte

Derzeitige Position(en)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Cluster of Excellence on ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)’, Freie Universität, Berlin

Aktuelle(s) Projekt(e)

The Rise of the Postwar Refugee and Migration Regimes, 1943-1951

The World Council and Human Rights from the 1940s to the 1970s

Frühere Position(en)

Fung Global Fellow (Postdoctoral Research Associate), Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University (2019-2020)

PhD student in International History at London School of Economics and Political Science (2014-2019)

Managing Editor at Cold War History, LSE IDEAS (2016-2019)

Project Assistant at the Cold War Studies Project, LSE IDEAS (2015-2017)

Academic Officer of the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Relations at LSE IDEAS (2015-2016, 6 months)

Junior Scholar at the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2012-2013, 3 months)


Monographien (und Dissertation)

'From Liberalism to Liberation: The World Council of Churches and Human Rights', monograph in preparation.

'Universal Rights in a Divided World: The Human Rights Engagement of the World Council of Churches from the 1940s to the 1970s' (PhD dissertation: LSE, 2019).


‘Between Dialogue and Denunciation: The World Council of Churches, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights in the Soviet Union during the Cold War’, Contemporary European History (forthcoming 2021).

‘From Religious Freedom to Social Justice: The Human Rights Engagement of the Ecumenical Movement from the 1940s to the 1970s’, Journal of Global History, 13, 2 (2018) 252-273.

‘Outraged, Yet Moderate and Impartial: The Rise of Amnesty International in the Netherlands, 1961-1980’, Low Countries Historical Review, 132, 4 (2017) 53-74.

‘1948 – De Wereldraad van Kerken en dekolonisatie’ [1948 – The World Council of Churches and Decolonisation], in Lex Heerma van Voss, et al., eds., Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland [World History of the Netherlands] (Amsterdam: Ambo Anthos, 2018) 570-576.

‘Uncomfortable Bedfellows: Why Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Are Better Off Separate’, in: Anthony Chase, ed., Transatlantic Perspectives on Diplomacy and Diversity: Select Essays from the 2014 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship (New York: Humanity in Action Press, 2015) 97-115.

‘Nairobi, 1975: The World Council of Churches and Human Rights’, in Fabian Klose et al., eds., Online Atlas on the History of Humanitarianism and Human Rights,, 7 pages.

‘Present at the Undoing: The Netherlands and the Multilateral Force’, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, (November 2013) 9 pages plus 34 pages of translations.

Rimko van der Maar and Bastiaan Bouwman, trans., ‘The Netherlands, the Missile Crisis, and Cuban-Dutch Relations, 1962-1964. Documents from the Dutch Archives’, in: James G. Hershberg and Christian F. Ostermann, ed., The Global Cuban Missile Crisis at 50: New Evidence from Beyond the Iron, Bamboo, and Sugarcane Curtains, and Beyond (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2012) 674-707.