Peter Vermeersch is a professor of politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the KU Leuven. He has an MA in Slavic languages and East European studies (1994), cultural studies (1995) and a PhD in political science (2002). He studied in Leuven and Kraków. As a postdoctoral researcher he worked, among others, at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. At the Faculty of Social Sciences in Leuven he is a senior member of the research group LINES (Leuven International and European Studies) and teaches at the MA International Politics (MIP). His teaching includes courses on "Questions of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe," "Nationalism and Political Mobilization," and "Russian Politics in the Global Context." His research focuses on minority politics, nationalism, democratization, and restorative justice.
His work has appeared in a range of academic journals, and he has published several academic books, among others, The Romani Movement: Minority Politics and Ethnic Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe (Berghahn Books, 2006) and The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics (Palgrave 2016, co-edited with Koen Slootmaeckers and Heleen Touquet).
He also writes essays, poetry, and literary non-fiction, mainly in Dutch. In 2014, he published Ex, Over een land dat zoek is (Ex. About a Country that is Gone, De Bezige Bij), a book of reportage in and about the former Yugoslavia, which was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize, the Bob den Uyl Prize, the Golden Owl, the E. du Perron Prize, and won, in 2016, the Literature Prize of the Province of West Flanders.
In 2019, he published Aantekeningen bij een moord (Notes on a Murder, De Bezige Bij), a non-fiction novel that investigates a murder trial in Brussels and raises wider questions about violence, punishment, and the justice system.