Francisca de Haan

Professor Emerita
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Professor Emerita

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I am Professor Emerita of Gender Studies and History. My research interests are international women’s organizations in the 19th and 20th centuries but with a focus on the Cold War era, global socialist feminism, and women’s archives. The Palgrave Handbook of Communist Women Activists around the World that I have edited has just been published.


I am writing a monograph tentatively called The Women's International Democratic Federation: A Left-Feminist Organization in the Global Cold War.



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 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 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:

The Palgrave Handbook of Communist Women Activists around the World (Palgrave MacMillan, 2023).

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.

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. 1 (2007) vol. 10 (2016).

Jaarboek voor Vrouwenge­schiede­nis [Women’s History Yearbook] vol. 8 (1987) – 10 (1989).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

"Introduction: Toward a Global History of Communist Women," in The Palgrave Handbook of Communist Women Activists around the World (Palgrave MacMillan, 2023), 1-30. 

“The Vietnam Activities of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF),” in Alexander Sedlmaier, ed., Protest in the Vietnam Era (Palgrave McMillan, 2022), 51–82.

„Left Feminism. Rediscovering the Women’s International Democratic Federation,” in Living Concepts. Forty Years of Engaging Gender and History.Yearbook of Women’s History / Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis 40 (Hilversum: Verloren, 2021), 107–112.

“The Global Left-Feminist 1960s: From Copenhagen to Moscow and New York,” in The Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties. Between Protest and Nation-Building, ed. Chen Jian et al (Routledge, 2018), 230–242.

“Archive Fever, Resistance, and Loss: A Rereading of the IAV’s Early History,” in Gender and Archiving: Past, Present, and Future. Yearbook of Women’s History 37 (Amsterdam and Hilversum: Verloren, 2017), 21–38.

 “La Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres (FDIM) y América Latina, de 1945 a los años setenta, ” in:  Queridas camaradas. Historias iberoamericanas de mujeres comunistas, ed. Adriana Valobra y Mercedes Yusta (Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila, 2017), 17-44.

“Writing Inter/Transnational History: The Case of Women’s Movements and Feminisms,” in Barbara Haider-Wilson, William D. Godsey, and Wolfgang Mueller, eds., Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis / International History in Theory and Practice (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2017), 501–536.

"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 19, no. 4 (Sept. 2010): 547-573.

OTHER (selection):

Sept. 2020 Interview in Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, special issue on East European Feminisms.

"Finding WIDF-Related Archives," Contribution to United Nations History Project (online 1.10.2012)

AWARDS AND HONORS (selection):

- Senior Fellowship (5 months), Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) (2019).

- Grant, Exploratory Seminar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, on “Two Socialist Feminisms in Conversation,” September 20-21, 2018; co-applicant together with Linda Gordon, Krassimira Daskalova, Kristen Ghodsee and Maxine Molyneux.

- Chaire d'excellence in the project EHNE -- Écrire une nouvelle histoire de l’Europe (Writing a new history of Europe) of  five research centers seated at three universities (Paris-Sorbonne, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Nantes), Fall 2017.

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

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

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

- ChoiceOutstanding Academic Title” Selection of A Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms. Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th Centuries (2006).

- Vice-President, International Federation for Research in Women’s History, 2005-2010; Board Member, 1995-2000.


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

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