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Faculty

Here you can find an overview of AUC's teaching staff.

Prof. Dr. Martin van Hees
Prof. Dr. Martin van Hees

Dean

Prof. Dr. Martin van Hees will start as Dean of Amsterdam University College on 1 March 2021.

Prof. Dr. Martin van Hees will start as Dean of Amsterdam University College on 1 March 2021, succeeding Prof. Dr. Murray Pratt. 

Drunen, Michiel van
Dr. Michiel van Drunen

Director of Education

Director of Education: Dr. Michiel van Drunen

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.

Maarten Boerlijst, Amsterdam University College, Head of Sciences, Sciences, AUC
Dr. Maarten Boerlijst

Sciences

Head of Studies (Sciences): Dr. Maarten Boerlijst

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.

Riphagen, Marianne, Amsterdam University College, Tutor
Dr. Marianne Riphagen

Academic Core

Head of Studies (Academic Core): Dr. Marianne Riphagen

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
Dr. Julia Hoffmann

Social Sciences

Head of Studies (Social Sciences): Dr. Julia Hoffmann

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.

Mariette Willemsen,Amsterdam University College,AUC Faculty
Dr. Mariëtte Willemsen

Humanities

Head of Studies (Humanities): Dr. Mariëtte Willemsen

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.

Hsu, Huan
Huan Hsu

Senior Tutor

Senior Tutor: Huan Hsu

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 GuardianThe Literary Review and Lucky Peach. Hsu began as AUC's Senior Tutor in October 2016.