Maartje Hids (1999) received both her bachelors and masters in Economic History from Leiden University. Her focus was on economic networks in the maritime, colonial world of the Dutch. She wrote her MA-thesis on Dutch vessels that were privateered by the French from Saint-Malo in the Nine Years’ War and the War of the Spanish Succession. Both privateering as a phenomenon and the (economic) consequences of this practice were a vocal point in her thesis.
During her studies she was a student assistant at the IISH at the ‘Exploring Slave Trade in Asia’ project. With others, she worked on creating a database for early modern slave trade in Asia. She also did an internship at the foundation ‘Gedeeld Verleden, Gezamenlijke Toekomst’ with the ‘History Matters’ program. Each month they made a talk show for the citizens of Rotterdam about the colonial history of their city with different experts and Rotterdammers.