A faculty member since 1973, Jan de Vries is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of European History.

For seven years (2000-2007) de Vries served as the campus's first Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare, where he oversaw all aspects of the academic-personnel process and directed work toward faculty equity and academic compliance.

De Vries is an expert in European economic history, early modern European history, demographic history, and Dutch history. He co-edited the five volumes of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (Oxford University Press, 2003), and authored "The Dutch Atlantic Economies” in The Atlantic Economy of the Eighteenth Century (University of South Carolina Press). He is the recipient of the A.H. Heineken Prize for History and has published widely on European and Dutch economic history.

De Vries received his A.B. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Yale University.