Thomas Donald Jacobs (Cherokee, non-enrolled) has a BA and MA in history from Ghent University. He is employed there as a teaching assistant, giving classes in ‘Early Modern European Discourses about the Americas’, the analysis of ‘English Historical Texts’, and – as of 2017-2018 – ‘Aspects of Early Modern English Diplomacy.’ His current doctoral research centres on the culture and practice of English diplomacy during the Interregnum. His master’s research examined the policies of Charles V towards the Portuguese New Christians of Antwerp in an international context. His other academic interests include Native American history, and contemporary U.S. politics.

Fien Lauwaerts has a BA and MA in history from Ghent University. She is currently applying for a doctoral research project on English informal diplomacy in the Spanish Netherlands during the reigns of the later Stuarts. She is also currently enrolled in the Academic Teacher Education in History program at Ghent University. Her specialization is the Spanish Netherlands and English politics during the seventeenth century, especially during the reign of Charles II. Her master’s research investigated the role of the Spanish Netherlands in English policy between 1665-1668. Her academic interests also encompass art history and sixteenth-century politics.

Prof. Dr Michael Limber is a tenured professor in the History Department at Ghent University. He teaches classes on economics, European expansion, and the maritime history. His research interests include Atlantic History as an area of study, Early Modern trade and currency markets, and urban history.