Peter Hoppenbrouwers studied history and Italian literature at Leiden University. He graduated in history in 1978, and was awarded his doctorate in 1992 at Wageningen University for a regional study on late medieval rural life in the villages of the Land van Heusden. From 1984 to 1994 he was Director of the Netherlands Agricultural Historical Institute (NAHI) and lecturer in Agrarian History at Groningen University, from 1994 to 2000 senior lecturer in Medieval History at Leiden University, and from 2001 to 2007 full professor of Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Since 2008 he holds the Chair of Medieval History at Leiden University. Since 2019 he is the Academic Director of the Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies.