Violet Soen defended her PhD in Early Modern History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2008. After history studies in Leuven en Bielefeld, she also obtained a master degree in European Studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain. She was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. Today she is a Assistant Professor at the KU Leuven. In 2010-2011 she was a visiting fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Her research interests include early modern religion and state formation, especially in the Low Countries, France and the Spanish Empire. She is the author of a book on sixteenth-century inquisition in the Low Countries, for which she received in 2004 an award in religious history of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
She received stipends of the Fund of Scientific Research of Belgium (Flanders), Instituto Olandese a Rome, Instituto neerlandés en Madrid and the Fundación Complutense. Her article and text edition for the Bulletin de la Commission Royale d’Histoire was rewarded with the Brice and Mary Lyon prize 2006.