Bas Denters (1954) was born in Nijmegen (Netherlands). He studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen and graduated in 1979. After that he worked at the University of Twente in various positions. In 1987 he received his PhD degree in Twente. In 1988 Bas Denters received the Annual Award of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP) for the best publication in Dutch political science in 1987 for his Ph.D. thesis (Partijen, kiezers en gemeentelijk beleid) and in 2009 the Dutch / Flemish Graduate School for Political Science & Public Administration NIG awarded him the annual Best PhD Supervisor Award.