Susanne Janssen is Full Professor of Sociology of Media and Culture and Chair of the Department of Media and Communication at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
She is the founding academic director of ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (2008). ERMeCC is currently home to more than forty researchers and forty PhD students from a variety of international and disciplinary backgrounds, and has grown into one of the largest research groups focusing on the social dimensions of media, culture and the arts worldwide.
Janssen also directs the research master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts (top-rated programme Master Guide 2017) and is the founding Dean of the International Bachelor’s in Communication and Media (IBCoM) which was awarded European Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation (2014).
Susanne Janssen performed manifold executive and advisory services in academia and the cultural sector, e.g., member of the national Council for Culture, chair-elect of the European Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts (ESA), and board member of the NWO Cultural Dynamics programme. She also served as editor-in-chief of Poetics, the premier journal for empirical research on culture, media and the arts and a leading journal in sociology, for which she presently serves as advisory editor. Current memberships include the national Panel for Quality and Relevance in the Humanities, the editorial boards of Sociologie de l’Art and the International Journal of Music Business Research, and the advisory boards of the International Association for Popular Music (IASPM) and the national Research School for Media Studies (RMeS). In 2010, Janssen was appointed an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia.In 2015, she was invited to join the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).
Janssen's publications cover a variety of themes in the sociology of media, culture and the arts, including the role of critics and other experts in the cultural field, and issues of cultural globalization. Her current research projects focus on the consequences of increased diversity and digitalization for agents, institutions, structures, processes and practices in the fields of media, culture, education, and politics.
More detailed information can be found in her curriculum vitae (see the right-hand box at the top of this page).