Anne de Graaf

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Anne de Graaf
BornJanuary 17, 1959
San Francisco, USA

Chief Diversity Officer

NationalityAmerican/Dutch[citation needed]
EducationPhD International Relations
Alma materStanford University, University of St. Andrews
GenreInternational Historical Fiction

International Intrigue Fiction

Children's Christian
Notable worksOut of the Red Shadow, Dance Upon the Sea
Notable awards2000 Christy Award, 2007 East European Christian Children's Book Award
PartnerErik de Graaf
ChildrenJulia de Graaf, Daniel de Graaf

Anne de Graaf (born 1959)[1] is an American-born Dutch academic, diversity advocate and is an award-winning author of over 80 books, with 5 million sold worldwide[2]. She has won the International Historical Fiction Christy Award in 2000 for Out of the Red Shadow[3], the final book of her Hidden Harvest series[4], and the East European Christian Children's Book Award in 2007 for Dance Upon the Sea[5]. Anne de Graaf currently teaches Human Rights and Human Security; and Peace Lab at Amsterdam University College[6] and serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Amsterdam[7][8].

Anne de Graaf was born in San Francisco, graduated from Stanford University, and received her PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews[9]. Her doctoral thesis, Speaking Peace Into Being: Voice, Youth And Agency In a Deeply Divided Society[10], focused on the impact of the youth in post-conflict nations. Anne has lived in Ireland and the Netherlands with her husband and their two children.[11] Besides her work as an author, lecturer and Chief Diversity Officer, de Graaf has also worked as a journalist for the Dutch National Press Club, and as an economics translator for the Dutch government.[11] She is a member of the British Society of Authors in London and the Rotary Club Westland-Polanen in The Netherlands.[11]

Awards & Notables[edit]

  • Out of the Red Shadow, Christy Award in 2000
  • Dance Upon the Sea, 2nd prize for East European Christian Children's Book Award in 2007
  • TEDxAUCollege, The Children's Voices, 2015[12]


  1. ^ Gerrit-Jan KleinJan, De UvA wordt geen 'safe space'; Interview met Anne de Graaf, Trouw, 16 March 2008 (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Speakers at STEM Gender Equality Congress - June 2017, Berlin". STEMM Equality Congress. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Christy Award", Wikipedia, July 16, 2018, retrieved January 26, 2019
  4. ^ Retrieved January 26, 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Anne De Graaf: Awards, and a List of Books by Author Anne De Graaf". Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Amsterdam, Universiteit van (October 4, 2018). "Graaf, Anne de (Dr.) - AUC". Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "UvA appoints Anne de Graaf as diversity officer". (in Dutch). Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "How the University of Amsterdam is tackling the social challenges faced by under-represented groups". STEMM Equality Congress. October 2, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Amsterdam, Universiteit van (June 18, 2018). "dr. A.M. (Anne) de Graaf - University of Amsterdam". Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  10. ^ De Graaf, Anne (2018). Speaking peace into being : voice, youth and agency in a deeply divided society (Thesis thesis). University of St Andrews. hdl:10023/15531.
  11. ^ a b c de Graaf, Anne (March 22, 2009). "Anne de Graaf". Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  12. ^ TEDx Talks, The Children's Voices | Anne de Graaf | TEDxAUCollege, retrieved January 26, 2019

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