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Angelique Janssens

About me

I am professor of Historical Demography, at the History Department of Radboud University Nijmegen and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. I have a PhD degree from the Radboud University Nijmegen. My PhD dissertation was published by Cambridge University Press (Family and social change. The household as a process in an industrializing community) in 1993.


Since then I have published many articles and books about women’s work, fertility and mortality, and the history of the family. Check out my list of publications for full references and links to PDF’s.


I am currently directing a large research project titled: Genes, Germs and Resources. The role of the family and the disease environment in mortality and longevity in the Netherlands, 1812-2015. In 2014 my book on women and the fertility decline in the Netherlands will be published: Labouring Lives. Women, work and the demographic transition in the Netherlands, 1880-1960. In 2012 I edited a special issue of the journal Biodemography and Social Biology, together with Sören Edvinsson from Umeå, on the phenomenon of death clustering in infant and child mortality in the past.




I have also worked at the universities of Utrecht and Rotterdam as the Director for Postgraduate Education of the N.W. Posthumus Institute (the Dutch national Research School for Economic and Social History) and the European Postgraduate Programme of ESTER. I have been a visiting scholar at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (Cambridge University), at the ICPSR at the University of Michigan in the US, and the University of Umeå in Sweden.