Susanne Janssen PhD

Full Professor

Short Bio

Susanne Janssen is Professor of Sociology of Media and Culture and Chair of the Department of Media and Communication in the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the Academic Director of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) and the Founding Dean of the International Bachelor’s in Communication and Media (IBCoM). She also directs the Research Master's programme in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts at Erasmus University. In 2010, she was appointed an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia, and in 2015, she was invited to join the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW-Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities).

Her research and teaching activities lie in the fields of cultural sociology, media and communications research, and the sociology of the arts and literature. In 2003, she received the prestigious VICI grant for the research project Cultural Classification Systems in Transition, a large-scale, longitudinal and cross-national study into the social valuation of cultural products in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. Between 2010 and 2014, she served as director of an international collaborative research project on Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity (POPID) for which she has been awarded a major European research grant (HERA JRP grant).  Since 2014, she directs the five-year Transformations in the Production and Consumption of Media and Culture project,for which she received the Erasmus University Research Excellence Initiative Grant > Link to publications and full CV.

Susanne Janssen has performed a variety of executive and advisory services within the academic world and the cultural sector. Among other things, she served as executive member and Chair Elect of the ESA Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts (European Sociological Association) and as member of the Dutch Council for Culture. She also was the main organizer of several major international conferences. Currently, she serves among other things on the NWO VICI advisory committee, the Media and ICT division of the National Taskforce for the Creative Industries, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Music Business Research, the executive board of the Netherlands School of Communication Research (NESCoR), and the Advisory Board of the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS).  From 2010-2012,she served as Editor-in-Chief (with Timothy J. Dowd) of Poetics, the premier journal for empirical research on culture, media and the arts and a leading international journal in Sociology, for which she is presently serving as an Associate Editor.

Susanne Janssen holds an MA degree in General Language and Literature Studies and received her Ph.D. from the University of Tilburg (1994). Her dissertation research on processes of reputation formation and the role of reviewing and criticism in the field of literature was funded by NWO (Open Competition). She moved to the Faculty of History and Arts at Erasmus University at the start of the Department of Arts and Culture Studies in 1989, where she was appointed Associate Professor in 1999, special professor in 2003, and Full Professor in 2007.