Dr. Esther Captain is Head of the Centre for Applied Research in Education at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

She is a historian and previously has been employed as head of research at the National Committee for the Remembrance of WW II (in Dutch: Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei), a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam and a teacher at Free University of Amsterdam. She also worked as a projectmanager at the Ministry of Welfare.

Captain has been a visiting fellow at Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis of Rutgers University (NJ, USA) and a participant in the National Endowment of the Humanities workshop “History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War” at the East-West Center and University of Hawai’i.

Esther Captain has published extensively on the legacy of WW II, memory and heritage studies, postcolonial history, identity and generation. Her PhD dissertation focused on internment diaries and memoirs written during and after the Japanese occupation of Indonesia.

She loves to write for a broader public and has published a walking guide with regard to slavery in the historical city of Utrecht, a travel guide to WW II-related locations in Indonesia and a historical cookery book with recipes collected in women’s internment camps in WW II-Indonesia.