I studied History at Ghent University from 2003 to 2007. Subsequently, I worked as a Phd-student on the IAP-project ‘City and Society in the Low Countries (1200-1800): Urban Space, Social Capital, Knowledge and Culture’ at Ghent University from 2007 to 2013. In September 2013, I defended my dissertation, entitled ‘Hupsicheyt en hantgedaet: kunstacademie en ambachtsgilden te Gent ca. 1748-1800’. This study focuses on the academic art education for craftsmen in the early modern period and the beginning of the nineteenth century, clarified with a case study on the city of Ghent in the second half of the eighteenth century. I published in various scholarly journals and books, have given several international lectures, assisted in teaching, and helped organize symposia. Moreover, I devoted myself to the study of art and antiques.