Simone Driessen (1987) is a lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Media & Communication at the Erasmus University. In 2009, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Fontys University of Applied Science in Tilburg. Eager to expand her knowledge on journalism and the effects of media on society, she enrolled in the pre-master program for the Media and Journalism Master at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, which she successfully completed in 2010. The pre-master thesis she wrote for this program, focused on the representation of fans of the Twilight-Saga in American media.
In 2011, she received her MA-degree in Media and Journalism from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In her master thesis she explored how community construction developed within the Harry Potter fandom, relating this to the celebratory vision of the entertainization of society and politics.
Next to teaching in the International Bachelor in Communication and Media and the pre-master program in Media and Journalism, Simone will be working as a PhD candidate for the Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity (POPID) research project, a large scale international collaborative research project funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area).
Her fields of interest include fan studies, audience and effect theories, convergence culture and the entertainization of society.