Mars van Grunsven is the US correspondent of the Dutch weekly opinion magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. Since 2005, his stories have also appeared in NRC Handelsblad, Holland’s leading newspaper, and on Dutch national radio and TV.

Mars mostly writes long-form articles about political thought, social issues, economics and culture, to name a few broad areas. One particular area of focus is social activism, as Mars is fascinated by America’s tradition of activism, stretching from the American Revolution to Antifa.

Mars lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the author and illustrator Rachael Cole, and their son.


For samples of Mars’ work, check out the sections Arts & Culture, Economy, Politics, and Social Issues. Or visit the archives of De Groene, NRC or The Daily Beast.

Others about Mars:

Mars is an informed and accomplished journalist whose command
of American politics puts many of us “natives” to shame.
— Sam Tanenhaus, former editor of The New York Times Book Review

I always love hearing Mars’ perspective. He helps me see my home country in a totally new way, full of wonder but still astute and spot-on.
— Kelly McEvers, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered and current host of the Embedded podcast

Mars reads American social mores very deeply and writes about them with the insight
of someone who is both an insider and an outsider
— Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree