Patricia Van den Eeckhout

Department of Political Sciences (POLI)

Patricia Van den Eeckhout has a Ph.D. in History (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1980). She is a part-time Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she teaches, 'The history of daily life', ‘Methods of historical research’, 'Political rhetoric', and 'Discourse analysis'.
Her present research focuses on labour and labour relations in hotels, restaurants and cafés in Belgium (and Western Europe in general) in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the migrating of hospitality workers and the phenomenon of tipping. She has also published on the following subjects: supervision and authority on the shop floor in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of retailing, the history of social housing policy, the history of publicity in the 19th century, the history of consumption and in particular of food consumption, the rhetoric of social statistics, the history of daily life, and the historiography of social history. She published reference books on information retrieval in the social sciences and the humanities, and on Belgian archives and sources of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As a member of FOST, she was co-supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis of Nelleke Teughels and supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis of Nathalie Parys and the research of Glenn Steenhouwer.