Raf de Bont is currently Assistant Professor at the History Department of Maastricht University. He studied history at the University of Leuven and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2005, he got his doctoral degree with a thesis on the reception(s) of evolution theory in Belgium.
De Bont's research interest concerns the history of science in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. He published about scientific ecology and nature protection, the relation between laboratory and field biology, the interaction between the social and the life sciences, degeneration and evolution theories, and the representation of science (and scientists) in culture at large. His most recent books include Darwins kleinkinderen. De evolutietheorie in België, 1865-1945 [Darwin's Grandchildren. Evolutionary Theory in Belgium, 1865-1945] (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2008) and Stations in the Field: A History of Place-Based Animal Research (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015).