Anne de Graaf
Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer
University of Amsterdam


Senior Lecturer International Relations
Speaking topics:
Equity, diversity and inclusion
Youth, voice and agency
Intersectionality and social responsibility
Peace and Conflict studies
Peacebuilding and Human rights
Writing and the creative life 


Award-winning Author of more than 80 books
Published in 50 languages
Over 5 million books sold
 

ABOUT

Experiential Learning: AUC Peace Lab Rwanda

Amsterdam University College students go to Rwanda (virtually) to learn about peacebuilding, peacekeeping and peacemaking. Here’s what they say.

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Where in the world is Anne?

You never know where Anne is. For many years she travelled to post-conflict areas throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, interviewing young people and writing about what she saw and heard. Her teen and adult novels originate from these interviews: fiction based on fact. The topics vary from AIDS survival to child soldiers.

 

When she kept coming up against the same questions about peacebuilding again and again, she went back to school to try and find some answers. Having earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, she re-entered academia as a "mature student" and in 2015, defended her PhD in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her PhD is entitled: Speaking Peace into Being: Voice, Youth and Agency in a Deeply Divided Society. It explores the roles of young people--specifically their voices--in conflict and peacebuilding.

 

Teaching and writing. Suspense novels and children’s books. Listening, speaking to and about young people--these are the tools of Anne’s trade: Words--both written and spoken.

EDUCATION

SPEAKING

“It’s all about perspectives.”

 

Experiential Learning: AUC Peace Lab Rwanda

Amsterdam University College students go to Rwanda (virtually) to learn about peacebuilding, peacekeeping and peacemaking. Here’s what they say.

AUC Peace Lab Kosovo

Students from Amsterdam University College are exploring Kosovo and meeting representatives from different NGOs, think tanks and political parties. 

Making Real Changeh

As the first Chief Diversity Officer at University of Amsterdam, Anne helped drive the process of cultural change there toward greater equity, diversity and inclusion.

PUBLICATIONS

“Listen to what’s
not being said.”

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Sun of a Gun Anne de Graaf