Maria Grever (1953) is professor of Theory and Methodology of History, and director of the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
She studied Social and Economic History at the Nijmegen University (graduation 1981) and defended her PhD thesis on gender and historiography (1994) at the same university. Her cum laude dissertation won the SNS-Bank Award of the Nijmegen University for best PhD dissertation at the recommendation of an academic jury.
In 2006 she founded the Center for Historical Culture at Erasmus University which initiates, coordinates and produces academic research on historical culture. The Center aims at functioning as an intellectual forum for Dutch and foreign scholars in the field of historical culture by organizing lectures, workshops and conferences, the publication of scholarly results, the promotion of national and international cooperation and exchange, and attracting national and international PhD-students and post-docs. The Center strives to bridge the gap between the academic and the educational sector by initiating, maintaining and extending cooperative relationships with various institutions.
Between 2002 and 2007 she was a board member of the Faculty of History and Art Studies, and director Bachelor and M.A. Program, History Department, EUR. She has been convener and co-convener from several national and international conferences. Since 2010 she is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Over the years she has been involved and still is as president or board member of KNAW committees, national foundations, advisory boards, editorial boards of journals, and other professional (historical) organizations.
Her main research interests are historical culture, historical consciousness and historiography; collective memory and identity; history education, popular culture and heritage; political culture, monarchy and gender.
She is the supervisor of several PhD dissertations.