Nadine Akkerman is Reader in Early Modern English Literature at Leiden University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London. She is currently Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, the University of Oxford. She has published extensively on women’s history, diplomacy and masques, and curated several exhibitions. 

Dr Akkerman is the editor of The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart  (3 vols, OUP); and her compelling study of early modern women spies, Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage on Seventeenth-Century Britain was published by OUP in 2018, a ground-breaking contribution to the history of espionage detailing a series of case studies in which women ― from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman ― acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information on account of political and religious convictions or to obtain money or power.