Koen van Eijck PhD

Professor

Biographical Note

Koen van Eijck (1967) is Professor in the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University. He teaches courses on cultural consumption, research methodology and arts perception and sociology in the Bachelor's and Master’s programmes of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. His research and publications focus on social inequality and trends in cultural participation and taste patterns, arts education and talent development, and the perception and appreciation of visual art.

Koen van Eijck studied developmental psychology at Nijmegen University. In 1996, he received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Tilburg. His thesis examined the impact of family background on education, occupation, and consumption.

Van Eijck was a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Arts of Tilburg University, held a similar position at the Department of Sociology of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, was assistant professor at the Department of Leisure Studies in Tilburg, and became associate professor at the Department of Sociology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). In 2007, he joined the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University.

He has been the head of this department since 2011.