Netherlands American Studies Association

Profiles

Maarten Zwiers

Secretary
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Contemporary History

Maarten Zwiers is assistant professor of History and American Studies and researcher of Low Saxon Language and Culture at the University of Groningen. His work focuses on rural histories and cultures, in particular the United States South and the Northeast of the Netherlands. He wrote a book about Mississippi planter-politician James Eastland and political transformation in the US South after World War II. His work appeared in Southern Cultures, The Southern Quarterly, the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, and The Global South. His research project “Race Land: The Ecology of Segregation” received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. He is currently studying regional identity in rural music cultures and the environmental and social impact of extractive practices (such as peat cutting and oil and gas drilling) in the nineteenth and twentieth-century Dutch North.