Alex van Venrooij works as an Assistant Professor in cultural sociology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He holds a MA degree (cum laude) in theoretical sociology from the University of Amsterdam and in 2009 received his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. His dissertation research focused on cross-national differences and longitudinal changes in the discourse structures of popular music critics and was conducted as part of the VICI research project 'Cultural Classification Systems in Transitions'. In 2005 he was a visiting student at the graduate school of sociology at Emory University in Atlanta and in 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2012 he received a VENI/NWO grant for a 4-year research project ‘Dynamics of Genres: A Comparative Study of the Success and Failure of Electronic Dance Music in US, UK and the Netherlands’. He is a member of the editorial board of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts.


Alex van Venrooij

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Amsterdam

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