Mars van Grunsven is a Dutch-American journalist, whose work has appeared in Holland’s most respected magazines and newspapers—most notably De Groene Amsterdammer, a weekly opinion magazine perhaps best described as a crossover between The New Yorker and TNR. His stories have also appeared in NRC Handelsblad, Holland’s leading newspaper, and on Dutch national radio and TV.

As a US correspondent, Mars 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 holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Amsterdam. After short stints in real estate and law, he decided to pursue his career in a field where his love for culture and intellectual debate come together—media. He was one of the ten co-founding editors of Carp, a Dutch magazine aimed at well-educated professionals. In 1999, he became the editor-in-chief and general manager of LookSmart Netherlands, an internet search company based in Amsterdam. He returned to journalism in 2003, by joining the publishing house Multi Magazines as a managing editor.

At the end of 2004, Mars left Amsterdam for New York, where he established himself as a US correspondent. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Rachael Cole, and their son, Alex. He’s an avid runner, with a lifelong passion for literature, cheese and salami.


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 and author of The Death of Conservatism

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

For samples of Mars’ work, check out the sections Arts & Culture, Economy, Politics, and Social Issues.