Violet Soen is Associate Professor Early Modern History at the KU Leuven, and chairs the Early Modern History Deparment. She is the author of two-award winnings books, and a manual about historical research, and she severs as several volumes about early modern religious and political history. As PI, she develops a research line into www.transregionalhistory.eu, based on six projects funded by FWO and KU Leuven.
She studied history in Kortrijk, Leuven and Bielefeld, and obtained a master degree in European Studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain. In 2008 she defended her PhD in Early Modern history at the University of Leuven. In the Spring of 2013 she was elected in the first cohort of the Young Academy Flanders, and she serves on its board.
She was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy in 2008-2009, with Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla as mentor. In the Spring term of 2011 she was a visiting fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, upon the invitation of Robert Descimon. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, collaborating with prof. dr. Martha Howell of the History Department. In the fall of 2016, she was conferencier invité at the University of Valenciennes;
Her latest monograph on peace negotiations during the early phases of the Dutch Revolt (Amsterdam University Press 2012) was distinguished with the Erik Duvergerprize 2011 of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, for best historical study based on archival research. Her first monograph on the sixteenth-century inquisition in the Low Countries (Brussels 2007) received the Mgr. C. Declercqprize 2004 for best study in religious history. An article and text edition for the Bulletin de la Commission Royale d’Histoire was rewarded with the Brice and Mary Lyon prize 2006.
Her research has been supported by stipends of the Research Foundation, the Fondation Universitaire, and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Belgium), the Academia dei Lincei and the Instituto Olandese a Roma (Italy), and the Instituto neerlandés en Madrid and the Fundación Complutense (Spain). She has been awarded a four-year-research project by the KU Leuven as supervisor, and two by the Research Foundation Flanders as co-supervisor.