Maarten Prak has been professor of Social and Economic History (together with Jan Luiten van Zanden) at Utrecht University since 1992. He is an expert on the social history of early modern Europe and has published a monograph on the Dutch Golden Age (The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century, Cambridge University Press 2005) and edited volumes about guilds, in Europe and worldwide.
His book on global citizenship was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press: Citizens Without Nations: Urban Citizenship in Europe and the World. Maarten Prak chaired the Humanities Board of NWO until 2016, and was a member of the governing board of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) until the summer of 2020. He is a board member of ALLEA, a consortium of over fifty scientific academies in Europe.