Koen van Eijck is endowed professor of Cultural Lifestyles and head of the department of Arts and Culture Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
He also serves as a Board Member of the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) and of the Sociology of Culture Section of the European Sociological Association.
He teaches courses on cultural socialization, cultural consumption, research methodology 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 in cultural participation and taste patterns and trends in leisure behavior and media use in general.
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.
His research interests concern trends and social inequality in cultural lifestyles, audience research, art education, and art perception and appreciation.