Stephan Egbert Arie van Galen

1971 –
imperial history (Bengal, Burma)
policy advisor

Curriculum vitae

1971born in Heemskerk on 12 May
1983-1989Rynlands Lyceum Oegstgeest and Strabrecht College
1989-1995studied history (MA), Leiden University
1992-1993studied imperial history at King’s College, London
1995-1996studied South Asian history with VSB-scholarship (MA), SOAS London
1996research assistant (Arakan studies), Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library; fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society
1997-2000PhD research Leiden University
2001editor for mainland Southeast Asia with the Newsletter of the IIAS, Leiden
2000-2003policy advisor for Quality Assurance later for Research Policy, with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (Vereniging van Universiteiten, VSNU)
2003-2010policy advisor, with the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (Nederlands Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie, NVAO), The Hague
2007-presentcoordinator 2e phase accreditation, NVAO
2008PhD under the supervision of D.H.A. Kolff, Leiden University
2014-presentchief policy officer and secretary of the executive committee, NVAO


2002  “Arakan at the turn of the first millennium of the Arakanese Era.” In: Jos Gommans and Jacques Leider (eds), The maritime frontier of Burma: exploring political, cultural and commercial interaction in the Indian Ocean world, 1200-1800, Leiden: KITLV, pp. 151-162.
2005  “Slaves and tyrants: the impact of Dutch demand on the Bengal slave market in the seventeenth century.” In: S. Chutinantarond (ed.), Rakhine history conference at the Chulalongkorn University 2005, Chulalongkorn University Press Bangkok, pp.
2006  “The Anglo-Burmese wars” and “British Burma.” In: The Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism, MacMillan-Thompson-Gale, pp.
2008  Arakan and Bengal: the rise and decline of the Mrauk U kingdom (Burma) from the fifteenth to the seventeeth century AD, [s.l.]. – PhD thesis Leiden; also published as e-book.