Daniel R. Curtis

Epidemics, Famines and Development in Historical Perspective

Universitair Hoofddocent
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Global History

Pandemieën en interventies


  • Social History
  • Environmental History
  • Comparative History
  • Inequality
  • Long-Term Development

Expert Statement

I have an NWO VIDI project ‘Positively Shocking! The Redistributive Impact of Mass Mortality through Epidemic Diseases and Violent Conflict in Early Modern Northwest Europe’, which runs to 2024. Our goal is to understand whether epidemic diseases help redistribute economic and social resources, and if so, how and why. Do epidemics make societies more equitable, or do they instead further entrench inequalities – heightening social vulnerability and perpetuate social discord? We also move beyond distribution of economic resources to focus on social mobility and perception of ‘fairness’. 

Voorbeeld van relevante publicatie

D.R. Curtis & J. Roosen (2017). The Sex-Selective Impact of the Black Death and Recurring Plagues in the Southern Netherlands, 1349-1450. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 164 (2), 246-259. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.23266 http://10.1002/ajpa.23266