Arjan Zuiderhoek is Full Professor of Ancient History at the Department of History of Ghent University. He studied Greek and Roman history at the Universities of Groningen and Cambridge. In 2006, he obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen. Before his current post, he was Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, Cambridge, and, subsequently, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Ancient History at Ghent University. He was Associate Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge (2016-2022). His research has focused mostly on the social and political history of Greek cities under Roman rule, their elites, civic munificence, political institutions, urban landscape, social structure and economy, particularly in Asia Minor. He also has a strong interest in the socio-political history of Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic poleis, and has published widely on Greco-Roman urban history and ancient socio-economic issues (such as labour, capital goods, food supply) more generally. He is particularly interested in historical-comparative and social-scientific/interdisciplinary approaches to Greek and Roman history. He is author of the The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, Elites and Benefactors in Asia Minor (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and of The Ancient City (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World (with Paul Erdkamp & Koenraad Verboven; Oxford University Press, 2015), Imperial Identities in the Roman World (with Wouter Vanacker; Routledge, 2017), Capital, Investment, and Innovation in the Roman World (with Paul Erdkamp & Koenraad Verboven; Oxford University Press, 2020), Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (with Marc Domingo Gygax; Cambridge University Press, 2021) and Space, Movement and the Economy in Roman Cities in Italy and Beyond (with Frank Vermeulen; Routledge, 2021).
I am on research leave for the academic year 2022-2023
Past: 'Voorlichtingscoördinator' (outreach officer) for the History Department (2008-2022).
Service to the discipline:
Co-coordinator (with Neville Morley) of the Antiquity Network of the bi-annual European Social Science History Conference
Co-coordinator (with Miko Flohr and Sofie Remijsen) of the research group 'Cities and Settlements in the Ancient World' of OIKOS, the Dutch National Research School in Classical Studies
Member of the editorial committee for the 'Collection Latomus.'
Occasional peer reviewer for academic publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge as well as for various academic journals and funding bodies. I have served several times as a member of the assessment panel for research projects in history and archaeology for the Dutch Research Council (NWO), VIDI funding stream.