Dr. Florine Asselbergs is an Assistant Professor and Acting Program Director for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy in the College of Security and Global Studies at the American University in the Emirates. Her classes and research are shaped by both her background in academics and her experience serving in the diplomatic corps.
Dr. Asselbergs started her academic career as a historian at Leiden University (The Netherlands), where she obtained her MA degree with high distinction and her PhD cum laude. She spent a year at Princeton University (USA) and worked as a researcher and teacher at Leiden University for four years. She was awarded two scholarships from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (a WOTRO and TALENT scholarship). Her academic work has largely focused on the political, economic, and social consequences of the discovery and conquest of the Americas in the 15th and 16th century, with a focus on Mexico and Guatemala.
Since 2005, Dr. Asselbergs has worked for the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. She received training at the Dutch diplomatic academy ‘Clingendael Institute’ in The Hague and worked several years as a policy advisor on the Middle East/GCC region. She served as a diplomat at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi (2008, 2010) and the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai (2011-2017).
Throughout her diplomatic career, Dr. Asselbergs continued her academic practice. She delivered lectures at a number of international academic symposiums (USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala) and participated in a research project at Harvard University (USA). She produced two books and a variety of papers, book chapters and entries published in academic journals, edited volumes and encyclopedias.