Born in Málaga (Spain) in 1964, and raised in Nairobi and Mombasa (Kenya), I settled in the Netherlands in 1981. After a brief flirt with Geology, I studied History at VU University Amsterdam (PhD 1993) and worked as a researcher in various positions before obtaining tenure as an associate professor in 2005. I was full professor of Cultural History at VU University for a short period before moving on to Utrecht University in 2009. Utrecht is an internationally renowned research university where I hold a position as full professor of Cultural History and Chair of the section ‘History of Culture, Mentalities and Ideas since 1500’. As a historian I work on three overlapping and interrelated fields: the history of ideas, the history of religion, and the history of media and communication. I have a working experience with source material from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and have written or edited 10 books and close to a hundred articles and contributions.