Regina van der Hoeven PhD


Biographical Note

Regina (Pien) van der Hoeven went to grammar school in Gouda and Nijmegen. After graduation she got a scholarship to study at Kansas University and went on studying law and history at the University of Amsterdam. She specialized in modern political history and wrote her master thesis on Dutch foreign policy. Her thesis was given the Clingendael Prize in 1995.

In 1997, as the American president Bill Clinton visited the Netherlands to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, Van der Hoeven published a book on the Marshall Aid to the Netherlands, Hoed af voor Marshall (Prometheus, 1997).

She worked for the scientific bureau of the Dutch political party D66 in 1998/99.

She was assigned as a researcher at Leiden University to write her PhD on the history of the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. During this period she also lectured Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen (2008-2013). Her PhD Het succes van een kwaliteitskrant (Prometheus, 2012) was published in november 2012 and got excellent reviews in both the popular and the scientific press.

Currently Van der Hoeven focuses her research on the relationship between journalism and propaganda during war time. In 2013/14 she gave a research course at the History Department of the University of Amsterdam, ‘War journalism from Vietnam to Afghanistan (1960-2010)’.

In September 2015 she joined Erasmus University's Department of Media and Communication, where she serves as a lecturer in the International Bachelor's programme in Media and Communication.