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Prof. Dr. Marcel Marius van der Linden

Member of the International Advisory Board

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International Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31
1019 AT  Amsterdam
The Netherlands



Current Position

Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Social History


  • 2008                      Honorary doctorate, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 1989                      Ph.D. with honours, University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands

Academic Positions

  • 2009–2012            Concurrent Professor at the University of Nanjing, China
  • 2009–2010            Marcel Liebman Chair at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 2003, 2008            Visiting Professor, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2001–2014            Research Director, International Institue of Social History
  • 1997–present        Professor of Social Movement History at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands


  • 2014                       German Historikerpreis (Bochum, Germany)
  • 2009                       René Kuczynski Prize

Additional Academic Activities

  • 2005–2020             President of the International Social History Association
  • 2015                       Co-founder of the Global Labour History Network
  • 2013                       Co-founder of the European Labour History Network
  • 1996                       Co-founder of the Association of Indian Labour Historians


Marcel van der Linden’s articles have appeared in many peer reviewed journals, including African Studies, Contemporanea: Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ‘900, Critique, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Geschichte und Gesellschaft, Historia Contemporanea, Historia Social, Historical Materialism, International Labor and Working-Class History, International Review of Social History, Journal of American History, Journal of Communist Studies, Journal of Social History, Labor, Labor History, Labour History, Labour History Review, Labour/Le Travail, Le Mouvement Social, Sozial.Geschichte, Theory and Society, Tijdschrift voor Sociale Geschiedenis, and Traverse: Zeitschrift für Geschichte/Revue d'histoire.

He (co-)authored or (co-)edited more than fifty books. Recent works include

  1. Transnational Labour History: Explorations (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003; Spanish edition 2006);
  2. Western Marxism and the Soviet Union. A Survey of Critical Theories and Debates since 1917 (Leiden: Brill, 2007; reprint Chicago: Haymarket, 2009; Korean and Chinese editions);
  3. Workers of the World. Essays toward a Global Labor History (Leiden: Brill, 2008; paperback edition 2010; Brazilian and German editions; Spanish and Turkish translations forthcoming);
  4. The Global History of Work. Critical Readings. 4 volumes (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019);
  5. The Social Question in the 21st Century: A Global View (co-edited; Oakland: University of California Press, 2019).
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