Arthur Weststeijn (Amsterdam, 1980) studies the relationship between politics and intellectual culture since the Renaissance, especially in the Dutch Golden Age, the Spanish Empire, and modern Italy. His research focuses particularly on the interaction between republicanism and imperialism in the early-modern period. He currently writes a comparative history of republican empire in seventeenth-century Venice and the Dutch Republic.
Before joining the University of Padua, he taught at Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen and Leiden University. He obtained degrees in history and philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.