Curriculum Vitae


Name Casper Jan van der Veen
Date of birth 29 oktober 1986
Telephone number +31 (0)6 21 71 51 17
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2012MA History Semester at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. I took the courses "Religion, gender and secularisation: Britain in the 20th century" with Professor Callum Brown and "Russia in War and Civil War, 1914 - 1921" with Professor Murray Frame. Reference: Prof. Dr. M. Frame, Email:
2010 - 2012Research MA History: Cities, States and Citizenship at Utrecht University (4.0 GPA).
2009 - 2010MA Cultural and Political History at Utrecht University (4.0 GPA).
2006 - 2009BA History at Utrecht University.

Working experience

2015 - presentFreelance journalist at NRC.
2014 - 2015International news editor at press agency Novum Nieuws.
2011 - presentFreelance journalist/writer for a variety of newspapers, websites, and magazines (both in Dutch and English)
2013 - 2014Intern at the international news and science departments of de Volkskrant, one of the Netherlands' biggest newspapers
2013 - 2014Secretary at KNMG Utrecht. I organised events for doctors, took notes at meetings, and took care of all the e-mail of KNMG Utrecht
2013 - presentWebmaster / Editor-in-chief at News From North Korea
2012 - presentEditor at online publishing house ‘Jonge Historici Schrijven Geschiedenis’ (JHSG).
2012Teaching Assistant ‘Contemporary History (1914 – present)’ at Utrecht University. Reference: Drs. L.C. Crump, Tel. +31 30 2145719, Email:
2002 - 2013All-round weekend employee at Kijkshop Veenendaal. I have been working as an all-round store employee for Kijkshop, a store that sells a wide variety of products, for over ten years. I have worked all throughout my studies. I have working experience with all tasks a store has to offer: sale, product placement, customer communication, and handling shipments. Also, since 2008, I have regularly acted as substitute manager. This included supervising and instructing personnel, dealing with administrative work, and taking management decisions. Reference: A. van Veluw, Tel. +31 34 2422053, Email:


2014Stuur Noord-Korea naar Internationaal Strafhof’ in de Volkskrant, op-ed, 29 October 2014.
2014‘Iraniërs zijn hun regime beu’ in Reformatorisch Dagblad, 3 July 2014.
2014‘Noord-Korea creëert rookgordijn’ in Reformatorisch Dagblad, 8 February 2014.
2013‘‘Strafkolonie van Pussy Riot is voortzetting Goelag.’ Interview with Arseny Roginski, founder of Russian human rights organisation Memorial’ in Foundation Max van der Stoel Nieuwsbrief, 28 November 2013.
2013‘Zuid-Korea kan er ook wat van’ in de Volkskrant, Vonk, 12 October 2013.
2013De berg die brult in de Volkskrant, 7 september 2013.
2013North Korea is Ready to Negotiate in The Diplomat, 10 June 2013
2013'Noord-Korea is niet gek" in Volkskrant, bijlage Vonk, 6 april 2013.
2013'Kim Jong-un heeft goed gezien hoe het afliep met Saddam en Kaddafi' in Volkskrant, March 2013
2011'Alles moet wijken voor 'de' ideologie. Dat verbindt terroristen door de eeuwen heen' in NRC Next, 6 December 2011.
2011Englandspiel (1945 – heden): een discussie zonder einde’. In September 2011, my MA Thesis was published in the library of the Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD).


2014'Vladimir Poetin. Leer deze Russische leider kennen'. A presentation about the life and policy of Russian president Vladimir Putin, 30 August 2014.
2014Geschiedenis en actualiteit van Oekraïne. Rechtmatige republiek of Russische regio? Presentation about the history of Ukraine, 30 August 2014.
2013‘Russische leiders: van tsaar Peter de Grote tot Poetin’. An entire day of history lectures on Russian leaders in past and present, December 2013
2013‘Camp 14: total control zone’. I gave four presentations to introduce this film screening, which was organised by Amnesty International in October 2013.
2013Geschiedenis en actualiteit van Noord-Korea, 21 June 2013.
2013Seeking Haven: Escaping North Korea’s reality, 20 June 2013. At the Cinemasia Quarterly film screening, I gave a lecture on the history of North Korea and the humanitarian situation in the DPRK. After watching the documentary "Seeking Haven: Escaping North Korea’s reality", I was part of a panel discussion that discussed the contemporary situation regarding famine, freedom and oppression in North Korea
2013Art and Visual Culture in North Korea, 6 June 2013. Guest lecture given on the history of art and visual culture in North Korea at Utrecht University for Dr. J. Segal's BA course "Art and Politics"
2013Wie is de vijand van de vrijheid? at the Bevrijdingsfestival Rotterdam, May 5 2013
2012‘Sally Dormits (1909 – 1942) and the Nederlandse Volksmilitie (NVM): A Jewish Communist Resistance Group in Rotterdam’. Presentation given during the “5th Contact Day Jewish Studies on the Low Countries” at the University of Antwerp on 22 May 2012.


2013Language course ‘Korean Beginners Level’
2012Language Course ‘Russian Intermediate Level’ at the University of Dundee
2011Language Course ‘Russian level 2’ at the James Boswell Institute.
2010Language Course ‘Russian level 1’ at the James Boswell Institute.
2008Course ‘Speed learning and Speed reading’

Computer skills

Very experienced with Word and Powerpoint, experienced with Excel.

Honours & Awards

2013Second place at the Vorst & Volk column competition during History Month,
2013I made the finals of the Ongehoord! poetry competition.
2013Published after the poetry competition ‘Lachende Letters Leven Lang’ by Poemtata.
2013Winner of the Making Peace Essay Writing Contest, organised by Schrijven Online in cooperation with Vrede van Utrecht 300 jaar.

Extracurricular activities

2007 - 2008Author of several historical articles for Historical Magazine Argus.

Voluntary work

2004 - 2008Badminton sports instructor at Badminton Duovereniging Veenendaal.

Casper van der Veen

Casper van der Veen

+31 (0)6 21 71 51 17

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