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.
Linda 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 in Dutch multicultural society (2008). Subsequently, she worked as an Assistant Professor in qualitative research methods at the University of Amsterdam.
In 2010, she decided to focus on disseminating academic knowledge and founded her company Diep Onderzoek. This agency investigates the meaning of media in everyday life and shares insights through publications and lectures. Linda regularly appears in the media as an expert to comment on developments in youth culture. Through Diep, she can be booked to speak on a variety of topics, or to act as a moderator for your debate or symposium. Diep also offers specialized workshops on popular writing, science communication and social media for academics.
She became part of the blogosphere in 2009 when she co-founded DeJaap.nl, a platform aimed at deliberation regardless of one’s political orientation. She was vice-editor and wrote a weekly column on media and society (DeJaap later became part of ThePostOnline, to which she explicitly no longer has any ties).
Ever since, Linda has been an active producer of media. In 2012 she initiated the podcast Onder Mediadoctoren, which is now a multimedia production. Geeky Dingen followed in 2018, a podcast on popculture and geekdom.
She writes extensively: about popular culture on Diep’s blog, and about sex and gender for different outlets. She has been a columnist for Folia, the University of Amsterdam’s independent magazine, since September 2015, and for Brainwash, a platform for new ideas, since August 2017. Starting August 2019, she joined Wings, the magazine of fetish store Mister B. Infrequently, she publishes op-ed pieces in print titles such as Het Parool, de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad.
Her Folia-columns were collected in the book Seks op z’n Duits (2018). In 2013, she co-authored the popular-scientific book Meisjes Kijken (with Pedro de Bruyckere). Her second popular-scientific book, Dolle Mythes, was published in April 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 co-edited the Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (2014).
Linda teaches freelance at different universities, currently at the department of Media Studies at Utrecht University and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she worked for the departments of Political Science, Sociology, Communication and Media & Culture at the UvA, The Hague University of Applied Science and the ESHCC of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Photo credit: Do Not Say Cheese.