Ralf Futselaar (1976) studied Economic and Social History at the Universities of Groningen and Cork. From 2001 to 2007 he worked at the NIOD, Utrecht Univerity, and the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He was awarded a PhD in February 2007 for his study Lard, Lice and Longevity. From 2007 to 2012 he worked at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan, as a researcher, lecturer and coordinator at the Graduate School of Sociology.
Futselaar has recently finished a monograph on the Dutch prison system during WWII, which will be published in 2015. He is currently working on a history of forced labor in Hamburg, 1615-1969. He has previously published on the history of hunger, child mortality, infectious disease, war traumas, crises, rationing, price controls, poverty and crime.