The Research Master Social Sciences is organised by the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in research at UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR). The courses in the RMSS are closely linked to the research done in the associated programme groups.
Alex van Venrooij is assistant professor of cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the research programme group Cultural Sociology.
He is especially interested in the study of categories in markets and fields. How do categories influence success within markets and fields? How do categories emerge, change and disappear over time?
In his work on the field of popular music he has pursued several of these questions. He has done research on how the categorization of artists in within “genres” affects their success in the mainstream market. He has also studied how new genre categories emerge within the market for electronic/dance music. This study was funded by an NWO-Veni grant and was part of a larger project on the emergence, diffusion and institutionalization of this field in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He has published his research in journals such as Popular Music & Society, Cultural Sociology, Poetics and American Behavioral Scientist.
In addition to doing research, he thoroughly enjoys teaching courses on sociological theory, cultural sociology and mixed methods. Currently he is the programme director of the Research Master Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
“Teaching is a great way to keep in touch with the literature on topics outside of my research domain ánd to develop new ideas for research. Students often ask the tough question that inspire me to rethink my research and pursue new lines of investigation. The combination makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.”
Below is a list of the core lecturers of this programme (teaching in the required and methodology courses). Click the name of a lecturer for more information (if available).