dr. J.M. (Marco) de Waard

  • Amsterdam University College
  • Visiting address
    Science Park AUC
    Science Park 113  Room number: 3.21
  • Postal address:
    Science Park  113
    1098 XG  Amsterdam
  • J.M.deWaard@uva.nl
    T: 0205258168


Dr. Marco de Waard is Senior Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Amsterdam University College (AUC) and a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). He has been at AUC since 2009, having previously taught at Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam.

Marco de Waard holds M.A. degrees in Nineteenth-Century Studies (University of Sheffield) and English and Comparative Literature (University of Amsterdam) and obtained a Ph.D. degree in History from the European University Institute in Florence (EUI). While working towards his doctoral degree he spent a semester as visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010 he received the AUC Teacher of the Year Award.

Departmental Service (AUC)

Acting Head of Studies, Humanities (Spring 2013).

Board of Examiners (2010-2016).

Faculty Development Coordinator (since 2016).

Research Interests

I'm a literary scholar and intellectual historian who works on questions of historical representation, historical remembrance, and the production of historical knowledge from the nineteenth century until today. Currently, my main research project is a book titled John Morley and the Uses of History in Victorian Liberal Culture (Routledge). The aim of this book is to offer a critical reappraisal of the work of John Morley (1838-1923), a nineteenth-century statesman and "man of letters" whose ideas were instrumental in shaping British liberalism between the 1860s and 1914. Using Morley's writings as a way into some pivotal debates of the late nineteenth century -- about the nature of progress, the future of religion, and the responsibilities of empire -- the study explores the unique and central role of the historical imagination in shaping modern liberal thought and liberal culture.


I'm a member of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), the Global Research Network for Liberal Arts Education (GRN), the International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH), the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA), and the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). I serve on the editorial board of the European Journal of Life Writing (EJLW).

Recent Courses


HUM312: Rethinking Protest
HUM364: Cultural Memory Studies
HUM361: History of Ideas
HUM161: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory



HUM312: Rethinking Protest
HUM364: Cultural Memory Studies
HUM361: History of Ideas
HUM161: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory



HUM311: Rethinking Protest
HUM364: Cultural Memory Studies
HUM321: Literature in the Age of Globalization
HUM161: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory


  • de Waard, J. M. (2018). Art and Aisthesis in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio. In R. Esner, & S. Kisters (Eds.), The Mediatization of the Artist (pp. 147-163). Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-66230-5_10 


  • de Waard, J. M. (2011). History's (Un)Reason: Victorian Intellectualism from J.S. Mill to Leslie Stephen. Victorian Studies, 53(3), 457-467. DOI: 10.2979/victorianstudies.53.3.457 


  • de Waard, J. M. (2016). "The Morality of Style": John Morley as Essayistic Liberal. Nineteenth Century Prose, 43(1/2), 229-246.


  • de Waard, J. M. (2012). Redemptive Realism? History and Intertextuality in On Chesil Beach. In S. Isomaa, S. Kivistö, P. Lyytikäinen, S. Nyqvist, M. Polvinen, R. Rossi (Ed.), Rethinking Mimesis: Concepts and Practices of Literary Representation (pp. 229-250). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


  • de Waard, J. M. (in press). Theme-based Teaching and Interdisciplinary Learning: A Case Study at Amsterdam University College, the Netherlands. In M. Nishimura, & T. Sasao (Eds.), Doing Liberal Arts Education: Global Case Studies Springer.

Book editor

  • de Waard, J. M. (2012). Imagining Global Amsterdam: History, Culture, and Geography in a World City. (Cities and Cultures). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. DOI: 10.5117/9789089643674 
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