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 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. Through Diep, Linda 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 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 no longer has any ties). Currently, she holds a daily blog on popular culture and two columns, one on sex for Brainwash, a platform for new ideas (since August 2017) and one on sexuality and academic issues for Folia, the University of Amsterdam’s independent magazine (since September 2015). Her Folia-columns were collected in the book Seks op z’n Duits (2018). Infrequently, she publishes op-ed pieces in print titles such as het Parool, de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad.
Linda is committed to the dissemination of academic knowledge outside the university. She therefore 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, 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. 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.