Segers, MLL (Mathieu)

Mathieu Segers (1976, The Netherlands) is Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University and Dean of University College Maastricht. He has been a Fulbright-Schuman fellow at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford. He has held the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of European Integration and International Relations Utrecht University at Utrecht University from 2008-2016.


His research focuses on the history and pre-history of European integration and trans-Atlantic relations, on which he publishes in international scholarly journals of different disciplines. Focussing on the historical roots of the modern EU, Segers is currently interested in the ‘Maastricht order’ (and its outlook) and the origins of the Maastricht Treaty, focussing on the EMU, the European social market economy, and the EU’s position in international politics.


His book on The Netherlands and European integration (Reis naar het Continent) won the Dutch prize for best political book in 2013 and will be published in English translation in 2017. Other monographs include Waagstuk Europa (2014), Diep Spel. De Europese Dagboeken van Max Kohnstamm, September 1957-Februari 1963 (2011), and De Europese Dagboeken van Max Kohnstamm, Augustus 1953- September 1957 (2008). Segers most recent book, Europe and the Return of History (Dutch), is a collection of columns that appeared in the daily Het Financieele Dagblad between 2014-2016. Segers has edited numerous volumes, most recently Re:Thinking Europe (2016) and De Wereld Volgens Nederland (2015). He has published in numerous journals, including The International History Review, Journal of European Integration History, Contemporary European History, Journal of Cold War Studies, and Journal of Common Market Studies.


In addition, Professor Segers is also staff member of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy, where he is part of the research team working on Europe’s public functions.


Professor Segers appears regularly as an expert commentator on Dutch television and radio, including Nieuwsuur, 1Vandaag, BNR, Het Filosofisch Kwintet, and Tegenlicht. In addition, he is a columnist for the Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad and weekly De Groene Amsterdammer, writes pieces for daily newspapers such as Trouw, De Volkskrant, NRC, and provides expert-input in international media such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, EastWest Magazine, The Economist and The Financial Times.


Segers has supervised numerous doctoral students and is currently directing a NWO research project ‘Blueprints of Hope: Designing Post-War Europe; Ideas, Emotions, Networks and Negotiations (1930-1963)’ with Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf and Prof. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit (UU), regarding the ideas, emotions, networks and negotiations that were involved in designing post-war Europe. In addition, he is co-supervisor of several other (international) PhD-projects.


Segers also holds various additional functions, such as Chair of the Advisory Commission on Archival Affairs and Member of Advisory Council on International Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).


For inquiries about appearances or collaborations with Professor Mathieu Segers, please contact his secretary Sharon Coolen (

Work for third parties

  • Advisory Council to the Government at AIV
  • Column at De Groene Amsterdammer
  • Column at Financieele Dagblad
  • General Editor Cambridge History of European Union at Cambridge University Press
  • Author at Prometheus