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Herman Paul

Herman Paul is Professor of the History of the Humanities at Leiden University. He wrote and edited multiple academic books and is editor of the ‘Journal of the Philosophy of History’. He now works on a study of virtues and vices in nineteenth-century German historiography. Herman obtained his PhD (2006) from the University of Groningen, where he also held a postdoc position (2006–2011) and a special chair (2012–2020). Visiting fellowships took him to Princeton (2006–2007), Leuven (2008), Mainz (2009), and Berlin (2016). Herman Paul is principal investigator of the ‘Scholarly Vices’ project.

Read more about Herman on the website of Leiden University.

Edurne De Wilde

Edurne De Wilde received her BA degree (2017) in History at KU Leuven. Subsequently, she moved to the Netherlands and followed the ResMa in History at Leiden University. She graduated (cum laude) in 2019 in the specialisation ‘Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence’. Furthermore, since 2018, Edurne is one of the editors of the Dutch history blog Over de Muur, which she contributes to herself as well. Currently, as a PhD candidate, Edurne carries out the sub-project ‘Idols of the Mind: Modern Variations on a Baconian Theme, 1800–2000’ at ‘Scholarly Vices’.

Read more about Edurne on the website of Leiden University.


Kim Hajek

Kim Hajek joins the ‘Scholarly Vices’ project in 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher, where she will analyse the moral language and generic features of scholarly codes of conduct over the 20th century. This follows her time as a postdoc with the ERC-funded ‘Narrative Science Project’, based at the London School of Economics (2018–20), and an earlier post as Lecturer in French at the University of New England (Australia, 2016–2018). Kim’s interest in textual and narrative practices in scientific writing is built on her dual background in humanities and the physical sciences. She has Bachelor degrees with Honours in Physics and French Language & Literature, and undertook her PhD (2016) at the University of Queensland on scientific and literary intersections in the history of hypnotism in 1880s France.

Read more about Kim on the website of Leiden University.

Alexander Stöger

Alexander Stöger obtained his PhD (2019) from the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena as a member of the Research Training Group ‘The Romantic Model’ funded by the German Research Foundation. In his dissertation project, he compared epistemic virtues in German and British scholarly cultures based on the Galvanism debate between 1792 and 1810. Alexander is a Postdoc at ‘Scholarly Vices’, working on the topic of dogmatism as an epistemic vice in the sub-project ‘Scholarly Dogmatism: A Rhetorical History, 1800–2000’.

Read more about Alexander on the website of Leiden University.

Anne Por

Anne Por started out by studying Physics and Astronomy at Leiden University, but after finishing the propaedeutics decided to study Art History at the same university instead. She received her BA degree (cum laude) in 2017 and continued her studies by following the MSc History and Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University, from which she graduated (cum laude) in 2019. Currently, as a PhD candidate, Anne carries out the sub-project ‘Hodegetics: Language of Vice in Student Advice Literature, 1700-1900’ at ‘Scholarly Vices’.

Read more about Anne on the website of Leiden University.

Sjang ten Hagen

Sjang ten Hagen joins the “Scholarly Vices” project as a Postdoc in 2021 and 2022. He will be comparing the use of evaluative language in twentieth-century book reviews across the disciplines. Before coming to Leiden, Sjang completed his PhD research at the University of Amsterdam. His dissertation explored the entanglement of the disciplines of history and physics in the nineteenth century. Sjang has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Bonn (2020/21) and Munich (2019), as well as at the MPIWG Berlin (2018).