Ruben Ros

Hi. I'm Ruben, a historian and digital humanist. On this website you'll find my academic work and info about my upcoming projects.

My work focusses on political history, conceptual history and computational methods. I have worked on the conceptual history of "buitenland" during my thesis project, and on the history of nationalism during my internship at COMHIS. At the moment I am a junior researcher at Utrecht University where I study the online afterlives of famous images. In June 2019 I graduated in History (RMA) at Utrecht University.

This fall I will start my PhD research at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History! I will work on technocratic discourse in parliamentary debates. By using computational methods - specifically argument modelling - I want to shed a light on the place of "the technical" in democratic decision-making.

The Online Afterlife of Iconic Images

Utrecht University, 2020.

Between Feb. and Sept. 2020 I work as an associate researcher in the Remembering Activism Project. We use computer vision methods to study online remediations of iconic images.

Mining Wages in Nineteenth Century Newspaper Job Advertisements

KNAW Digital Humanities Lab, 2019.

As a research assistant, I worked on the computational extraction of job advertisements from nineteenth century digitized newspapers.

The Omnipresence of the Nation

Helsink Computational History Group, 2018.

During my internship I worked on the computational conceptual history of nationalism as part of the NewsEye project.

Mining Wages in Nineteenth-Century Job Advertisements. The Application of Language Resources and Language Technology to study Economic and Social Inequality.

Ruben Ros, Marieke van Erp, Auke Rijpma, Richard Zijdeman (2020). Proceedings of the Workshop about Language Resources for the SSH Cloud.


State of the Field: Digital History.

Christel Annemieke Romein, Max Kemman, Julie Birkholz, James Baker, Michel de Gruijter, Albert Meroño-Peñuela, Thorsten Ries, Ruben Ros, and Stefania Scagliola (2020). History


The Eurocentric Fallacy. A Digital Approach to the Rise of Modernity, Civilization and Europe.

Joris van Eijnatten & Ruben Ros (2019). International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity.


Conceptual Vocabularies and Changing Meanings of “Foreign” in Dutch Foreign News (1815-1914).

Ruben Ros (2019). Digital Humanities 2019, Utrecht.