Dr. Van Beurden joined The Ohio State University in the Fall of 2009. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of History and the Department of African American and African Studies.
She received her undergraduate education in history at the University of Leuven in Belgium (1999) and her Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania (2009) and is the author of Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture (New African Histories Series, Ohio University Press, 2015) as well as several articles and chapters on topics such as the history of Congo’s decolonization, African cultural heritage and museums, the role of cultural politics in development policies, and the reinvention of African ethnographic objects into art.
Dr. Van Beurden has held fellowships at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas in Austin and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg and Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). She is currently also affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.