Dr. Esther Captain is senior researcher and projectcoordinator of the Bersiap-study within the Decolonisation, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950 programme. Futhermore, she is Head of the Centre for Applied Research in Education at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She is a historian and previously has been employed as head of research at the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam and a teacher at Free University of Amsterdam. She also worked as a projectmanager of Indo-European Heritage within the Heritage of the War-programme at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports.
Captain has been a visiting fellow at Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis of Rutgers University (USA) and a participant in the National Endowment of the Humanities workshop “History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War” at the East-West Center and the University of Hawaï. She has published extensively on the legacy of WW II, memory and heritage studies, postcolonial history, identity and generation. Her PhD dissertation focused on internment diaries and memoirs written during and after the Japanese occupation of Indonesia. She published (with Guno Jones) Oorlogserfgoed overzee. De erfenis van de Tweede Wereldoorlog op Aruba, Curaçao, Indonesië en Suriname (Bert Bakker, 2010).