Hi! I`m Ruben, a PhD candidate at Leiden University. As a historian, I work on the history of technocratic thinking in political culture. To do so, I use computational methods to study parliamentary language change.

More generally, I`m interested in political history, cultural evolution, conceptual history and computational text analysis. Past projects have focused on the history of nationalism, iconic images and conceptual change in digitized newspapers.

In addition to my research, I occasionally bore the public with my obscure opinions. I aim to put some Python (visualization) tutorials on the blog page to compensate society for my rambling.