Here you can find an overview of AUC's teaching staff.
Murray Pratt joined Amsterdam University College in February 2016 as Dean, succeeding Acting Dean Dr. Ramon Puras and Founding Dean Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende. He also holds a chair at the University of Amsterdam as Professor of Contemporary Humanities.
Pratt obtained a MA (Hons) in English and French from the University of Glasgow, also studied at the Universities of Lyon and Coventry, and holds a PhD (DPhil) in Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford for his thesis, Autobiography, Fiction and Identity in Alain Robbe-Grillet, Hervé Guibert and Roland Barthes. Among his areas of expertise, Pratt has published extensively on French and international cinema, literature and culture. From 2010 to 2015, Pratt was Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University, where he also held a chair in French and International Studies. He joined Nottingham Trent University in 2008 as Head of the Department of Languages and International Studies. Prior to this, he headed the department of European Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, where he also served as Deputy Director of the Institute for International Studies.
At Nottingham Trent University, Pratt developed innovative educational pathways for students with civic and cultural partners, including galleries, museums and media companies, and supported the launch of the city’s National Videogame Arcade and television station, Notts TV. He has a keen interest in promoting digital learning, and his pioneering work involving students in the production, dissemination and enhancement of an online graphic novel about Nottingham’s literary history was awarded the 2015 Guardian prize for teaching excellence. Pratt’s further educational interests include internationalisation in higher education with a particular emphasis on the development of in-country studies and global studies.
Dr. Michiel van Drunen is AUC's Director of Education.
Serving as AUC's Head of Studies Sciences until August 2017, Dr. Michiel van Drunen (co-)teaches Introduction to Environmental Sciences and the theme courses in Energy, Climate and Sustainability. He obtained his Master's degree in environmental chemistry at Leiden University and received his PhD on “Measurement and Modeling of Cluster Formation” at Delft University of Technology. After he finished his PhD he became a researcher and assistant professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where he worked on a wide variety of research projects and was responsible for most of its teaching activities.
Dr. Maarten Boerlijst is AUC’s Head of Studies Sciences. He obtained his PhD in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Biology from Utrecht University in 1994. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University until 1997, after which he moved back to the Netherlands to become a Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences fellow. Since 2005, he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, and since 2009 he has been Programme Director of the Bachelor’s programme in Biology.
His research areas have been broad, including evolution in the primordial soup, the dynamics of infectious diseases, the evolution of cooperative behaviour and the consequences of spatial self-organisation and collective behaviour.
Dr. Marianne Riphagen is AUC's Head of Studies Academic Core since September 2019. She is a cultural anthropologist specialised in Pacific Studies. Since 2004, she has conducted research with indigenous peoples based in Australia’s metropolitan and desert regions. Her research interests include contemporary indigenous art, economic anthropology and visual anthropology. Marianne is the recipient of the 2006 Endeavour Europe Award and the 2009 Radboud University’s Frye Stipend. In 2011, she received her PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen based on her dissertation entitled “Indigenous Cosmopolitans: Up-and-Coming Artists and their Photomedia Works in Australian and International Visual Art Worlds”. Since then, she has worked at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, United States; at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia; and at Radboud University Nijmegen. As a lecturer, Marianne has taught Bachelor' and Master's students about a range of subjects, notably academic writing and research methods within the social sciences.
Dr. Julia Hoffmann is AUC's Head of Studies Social Sciences. Dr. Hoffmann holds degrees in both International Communication and International Law, and received her PhD from the UvA in 2009. In her academic life, she has taught International Communication and Conflict & Media at the UvA and Erasmus University, and also served as Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Media and Conflict at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her work as trainer and researcher for UNESCO and various NGOs brought her to Central America, Hong Kong and the African Great Lakes region. Before joining AUC, she worked for international development organisation Hivos where she led the creation of data-based advocacy programmes to increase transparency and accountability across Latin America, South East Asia, and Eastern and Southern Africa.
Dr. Mariëtte Willemsen is AUC's Head of Studies Humanities. Dr. Willemsen received her PhD in Philosophy and an MA in Dutch Linguistics and Literature from VU Amsterdam. Before joining AUC she was Associate Professor in Philosophy at VU Amsterdam where she taught courses on the History of Philosophy and Aesthetics. In her recent work she focuses on emotion theories and the role of the imagination in ethics. Dr. Willemsen joined AUC in September 2011 as a tutor and as a lecturer. She teaches Philosophy, Ethics and Modern Philosophical Texts at AUC, and served as AUC's Senior Tutor from August 2014 through September 2016.
Huan Hsu is AUC's Senior Tutor. He also lectures in journalism, creative writing and academic writing at AUC. He is the author of "The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China" (Crown/Random House, 2015). A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he received his MFA in creative writing from George Mason University, where he also taught literature, creative writing and composition. As a staff writer for the Washington City Paper in Washington, DC, and the Seattle Weekly, he won two Society of Professional Journalists awards and received recognition from the Casey Foundation for Meritorious Journalism. His essays and fiction have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, The Literary Review and Lucky Peach. Hsu began as AUC's Senior Tutor in October 2016.