Kobe De Keere is assistant professor in sociology and spends a big chunk of his time figuring out the moral and cultural dimensions of our economic lives. He holds Master’s degrees in philosophy (Ghent University) and sociology (Free University of Brussels) and received a Ph.D. in sociology from the Free University of Brussels. He teaches several courses in economic and cultural sociology on Bachelor and (Research) Master level. His PhD research involved an analysis individualism as a classed discourse. He published on topics such as educational inequality, language conflicts, cultural class boundaries, moral position taking, meaning of work and hiring. Currently, his main research focus is on subjects such as economic valuation, employee hiring, and the cryptocurrency market.
He is a member of the program group Cultural Sociology of the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and a fellow of the Norbert Elias Foundation. He held the Gak Fellowship (2021) at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (KNAW) and is affiliated scholar of the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (Harvard University). He has been a part of the TOR-research group of the Free University of Brussels and was visiting scholar at the Affective Science Group of the Social Psychology Department at the University of Oslo. Recently, he was also a Theseus Visiting Fellow at the Polytechnic University of Turin. He has received several research grants from the Dutch Research Council (Veni and Open competition XS Grant) and is a member of the editorial boards of Tijdschrift Sociologie, Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change and Cultural Sociology.