René Vermeir (° 1965) studied Romance Philology and History at Ghent University, where in 1998 he earned his Ph.D degree in History with a thesis about war and government in the Habsburg Netherlands in the first half of the 17th century. After a period as post-doctoral researcher, he was appointed lecturer (2003), senior lecturer (2010) and professor (2012) at Ghent University.
His main research interest is in early modern political and diplomatic history, with a special focus on the Low Countries and the Spanish empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. In parallel, he has a great interest in the socio-cultural history of around 1900. Recent book publications by René Vermeir are Sous le signe du progrès. La loge maçonnique gantoise La Liberté (1866-1966), Brussels, 2016 (together with Jeffrey Tyssens), Recueil des ordonnances des Pays-Bas, deuxième série. Règne de Philippe IV (1621-1665), Brussels, 2022 (4 vols.), and Albert Baertsoen. Protagoniste fin de siècle, Ghent, 2022 (ed., together with Stefan Huygebaert and Johan De Smet).
Office: Department of History - Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35 - UFO, BE-9000 Gent, Belgium.