Jan Kok

Senior Researcher

Jan Kok (1959) is historian and has been employed at IISH since 1993. Here, he has worked at the construction of the Historical Sample of the Netherlands, a database that contains about 70.000 complete life courses of a sample from the Dutch population in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Jan’s research is largely built around this database and deals with various aspects of the life course. His projects include social and geographical mobility, the impact of kinship ties on individual life choices, partner selection, family formation et cetera. He is involved in various international networks and collaboratories, such as the COST action on gender and well-being (http://www.ub.es/tig/GWBNet). He is also active as one of the research directors of the NW Posthumus Institute (the postgraduate school for social and economic history, (http://www.rug.nl/posthumus/index) and has recently been appointed as co-editor of the History of the Family. An International Quarterly (http://ees.elsevier.com/hisfam).

Within VKS, Jan aims at realizing new research projects and collaboratories in the field of economic and social history that will benefit from the reflection and expertise VKS offers.


The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences – VKS
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Cruquiusweg 31
1019 AT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

T: +31 (0)20 8500 483
F: +31 (0)20 8500 271
E: jan.kok@vks.knaw.nl