Frank van Vree has started as the director of NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He succeeds interim director Wichert ten Have.
Frank van Vree (born in 1954) studied modern history and philosophy at the University of Groningen and obtained his PhD from Leiden University with his research on public opinion formation in the Netherlands between 1930 and 1939. He has worked at the University of Amsterdam since 1989, first as university lecturer/senior university lecturer in Cultural History and Media Studies, and since 2001 as professor of Media Studies specialising in Journalism. He has also been professor of Media History by special appointment at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (1998-2001) and a visiting scholar at New York University (2010-2011). Van Vree spent many years writing for Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant and the independent Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. He has co-headed the research programme Dynamics of Memory. WWII Heritage &Memory in the Netherlands in an International Context. Among his publications are In the shadow of Auschwitz. The Netherlands and the Memory of World War II (1995) and Performing the Past. Memory, History, and Identity in Modern Europe (2010). Between 1 January 2012 and 1 September 2016, Van Vree has been Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. His five-year term would have ended in December 2016. His research background and administrative experience make Frank van Vree an excellent candidate for this high-profile position.