Linda Duits (Zeist, 1976) is an independent social scientist specialized in popular culture. This means she is interested in the interplay between media, meaning and identity.

3Linda studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, with political theory and political behaviour as main subjects. She obtained her PhD at the prestigious Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) with an ethnographic study of girls’ culture in Dutch multicultural society (2008). Subsequently, she worked as Assistant Professor in qualitative research methods at the University of Amsterdam.

In 2010, she left the university and founded Diep with a friend. This agency helps companies, organisations and individuals to better understand the meaning of media in everyday life. Diep offers consultancy, training and lectures. Through Diep, Linda can be booked to speak on a variety of topics or to act as a moderator. Diep also offers specialized workshops on blogging and social media for academics.

Linda is an active producer of media. She became part of the blogosphere in 2009 when she co-founded (currently ThePostOnline). For 2,5 years, she was vice-editor of this platform that aimed to publish opinions regardless of one’s political orientation. From 2009 till 2015, she wrote a weekly column on media and society for this outlet. In 2012 she initiated the podcast Onder Mediadoctoren, which is now a multimedia production. She holds a daily blog on popular culture and a weekly column on sex and the university for Foliathe University of Amsterdam’s  independent magazine. Infrequently, she publishes op-ed pieces in print titles such as het Paroolde Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad.

Linda is committed to the dissemination of acadmic knowledge outside the university. She therefor regularly appears in the media as an expert to comment on developments in popular culture. In 2013, she co-authored the popular-scientific book Meisjes Kijken (with Pedro de Bruyckere). Her second popular scientific book, Dolle Mythes, is forthcoming April 21, 2017.

In addition to these commercial activities, Linda conducts academic research. She is an affiliated researcher with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of Utrecht University and part of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS). Her work has been published in, amongst others, the European Journal of Women’s Studies and the European Journal of Communication. She recently co-edited the Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (2014). Linda currently teaches at the department of Media Studies at Utrecht University and the department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.

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Photo credit: Do Not Say Cheese.

Publicatiedatum: September 14, 2010