De Kok obtained his MA in Maritime History (cum laude) from Leiden University in 2012. During his PhD-research at the same university he studied the economic effects of the transatlantic slave trade on the island of Walcheren (thesis forthcoming). This study was part of a wider research project on the immediate and long-term effects of the Dutch participation in the Atlantic slave systems. Prior to pursuing a PhD, De Kok was employed as a research assistant for the Dutch Atlantic Connections project, which was hosted at KITLV.
(in cooperation with Harvey M. Feinberg), ‘Captured on the Gold Coast; “Illegal” enslavement, freedom and the pursuit of justice in Dutch courts, 1746-1750’, Journal of Global Slavery 1/2-3: 274-295, 2016.
‘Cursed capital; The economic impact of the transatlantic slave trade on Walcheren around 1770’, Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis/ The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History 13-3: 1-27, 2016.