Rombert Stapel


  • Senior researcher, IISH
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Rombert Stapel (1983) studied Medieval History at Leiden University. He graduated in 2008 on a prosopographical study of the priest-brethren of the Teutonic Order in the Utrecht bailiwick (1350-1600) and continued to work as a PhD at the Fryske Akademy. In 2017, he defended his PhD thesis cum laude (with distinction) at Leiden University. This resulted in a monograph published in 2021 with Routledge: Medieval Authorship and Cultural Exchange in the Late Fifteenth Century. The Utrecht Chronicle of the Teutonic Order. 

He is currently working as a senior researcher at the IISH on themes related to the socioeconomic, demographic, and environmental history of the medieval and early-modern Low Countries and geo- or spatial humanities. He also coordinates geohumanities research at the KNAW Humanities Cluster. Amongst others, he has contributed to the projects Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500-2000, The Historical Dynamics of Industrialization in Northwestern Europe and China, 1800-2000, and Common Language for Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability in Historical Demography (CLAIR-HD) for which he is project leader together with Rick Mourits.

Between September 2020 and December 2022 he has been leading the NWO-funded project '(Re)counting the uncounted. Replication and Contextualisation of Premodern Dutch and Belgian Population Estimates (1350-1800)'. First results will become available in 2023.

Education/Academic qualification

Medieval History, PhD, The Late Fifteenth-Century Utrecht Chronicle of the Teutonic Order: Manuscripts, Sources, and Authorship, Universiteit Leiden

01 Feb 200825 Jan 2017

Award Date: 25 Jan 2017

Medieval History, MA, 'Among these knights are also priests'. A prosopographical study into the functioning of the priest-brethren of the Teutonic Order in the Utrecht bailiwick, 1350-1600, Universiteit Leiden

01 Sept 200125 Jan 2008

Award Date: 25 Jan 2008

External positions

VU University Amsterdam

01 Aug 202131 Dec 2021

Harvard University

01 Aug 201531 Dec 2015

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201530 Jun 2015

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201330 Jun 2013

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201230 Jun 2012

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201130 Jun 2011

Universiteit Leiden

01 Jan 201030 Jun 2010

PhD candidate, Universiteit Leiden

01 Feb 200811 Nov 2012


  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • Medieval History
  • Spatial Humanities (GIS)
  • Labour History
  • Monasticism
  • Military Orders
  • Historical Demography
  • Population Geography
  • C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
  • Digital Humanities
  • Spatial Humanities (GIS)
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Stylometry
  • Philology
  • Authorship
  • Historical Writing
  • Chronicles
  • DJK Eastern Europe
  • Military Orders
  • Teutonic Order
  • G Geography (General)
  • Historical GIS
  • Historical Geography
  • Population Geography
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • ZA4450 Databases
  • Historical Gazetteers
  • Coin Production
  • Population Geography
  • CJ Numismatics
  • Coin Production
  • Monetization
  • Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
  • Paleography
  • Codicology


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