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dr. J. Olthof

Assistant Professor
dr. J. Olthof

Jelte Olthof studied History at the University of Groningen. In 2007 he graduated cum laude and received his M.A. in the Research Master Modern and Contemporary History program in Groningen. His PhD thesis Patchwork Republic: The Rhetoric of "We the People" in the U.S. Constitutional Debates, 1765-1865 discusses the rhetoric of peoplehood in the constitutional debates in revolutionary and early republic US. America.

Starting in 2012, Jelte Olthof works in the American Studies and Honours College at the University of Groningen. In 2013, he received a faculty scholarship by the U.S. State Deparment to study American Political Development at the University of Massachsetts, Amherst.

Professional Experience

  • 2018-present: Assistant-Professor at Department of American Studies and Honours College, University of Groningen
  • 2016-2017: postdoctoral researcher at the Frisian Akademy (research center of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences KNAW) on project Unity in Diversity? Revolutionary rhetoric and federalist revolt in Fryslân, France, and the United States 1775-1800
  • 2008-2011: Ph.D.-researcher “Constitutionalization in the United States 1765-1865” in NWO-research group Contested Constitutions, University of Groningen


  • 2013: Post-doctorate in American Political Development and and Political Thought, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • 2005-2007: Research master Modern History and International Relations, University of Groningen, with distinction (cum laude).


  • 2017: Fellowship for Innovation in Teaching (FiT) Award of the University of Groningen Honours College
  • 2013: Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) scholarship program on American Politics and Political Thought at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA).
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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Harmony Building

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Assistant Professor