Jeffrey Tyssens obtained his History PhD at the "Vrije Universiteit Brussel" where he currently teaches contemporary political history. He is the chairman of the Interdisciplinary Research Group Freemasonry and is general editor of the "Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism". He is member of the editorial board of the “Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis-Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire”. Jeffrey Tyssens has written extensively on the history of secular movements in Belgium, on political conflicts regarding education in several European countries, on teacher trade unionism and strike practices, on liberal leadership in Belgium, on the history of Freemasonry and American fraternalism.