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Staff members with discipline Cultural Studies

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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English and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures; Ecocriticism; Travel and Mobility; Life Writing; Bildungsroman; Children’s Writing; Heterotopia; Diaspora; Transculturality.
dr. V. (Vera) Alexander
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Senior Lecturer
Literary studies, cultural theory, theories of representation, postcolonial studies, postcolonial Europe, ecocriticism, gender studies, minority literature, the spatial turn, European identity, citizenship
J.D. (Jesse) van Amelsvoort
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PhD student
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Lecturer in American Studies
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Modernism, Cultural Geography, Philosophy, Poetry and Poetics.
dr. D.M. (David) Ashford
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My current work focuses on epistemology of Big Data, and on knowledge systems and data infrastructures for sustainability and energy transition

Other areas of interest: interaction between innovation, technology and culture; interdisciplinary collaboration; data visualisations and visual culture
dr. J.A. (Anne) Beaulieu
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Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Semitic Languages and Cultures, Hebrew Language and Literature. Middle Eastern Studies, Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry, Andalusia and the Islamic East, Judaism in Context, European Jewish History
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Professor of Middle East Studies
International Business, Globalization, Cultural Differences, National Identity
American cultural, literary & media history, esp. space-media & text-reader relations; Political culture & theory, esp. theories of democracy; Aesthetics; Narrative use; Critical Theory; Sociology of culture; American art & architecture; Popular culture; Transnational American Studies
prof. dr. L.C. (Laura) Bieger
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Chair of American Studies
dr. S.L. (Leonieke) Bolderman
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Cultural History, Intellectual History, South Asian Studies, History of British India, Modern German History, Cultural Studies
A. (Arnab) Dutta
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PhD student
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International Business; Psychic Distance; Cultural Differences; Location Choice; Internationalization; Information Retrieval & Extraction; Lexicographic & Content Analysis
L. (Laetitia) Em
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PhD Student
Aynur Erdogan joined Zeppelin University as Executive Program Director of SPE and Director of Student Research, after defending her doctoral dissertation at the University of Groningen.
dr. A. (Aynur) Erdogan
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PhD student
Latin American Studies, History of Knowledge Production, Cultural History, Colonial Studies
C.E. (Carlos Esteban) Flores Terán
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PhD student
Alberto Godioli is Assistant Professor in European Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, and Programme Director of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL). He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa; from 2013 to 2015 he was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

His research mostly focuses on humor and satire across media
, with particular but not exclusive attention to literature. He has authored the monographs Laughter from Realism to Modernism (Oxford: Legenda, 2015) and La scemenza del mondo (Pisa: ETS, 2011, Edinburgh Gadda First Prize), as well as several articles and book chapters on theories and practices of humor from the 18th century to the present.

He is currently developing a project on the reception of dark humor within and beyond literature, and organizing the second edition of the summer school ‘Humor and Satire in Contemporary Europe: Cultural, Political, and Legal Perspectives’ (Groningen, 13-20 July 2019). His research areas also include international Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Literature and Space, and Cognitive Studies.
A. (Alberto) Godioli, PhD
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Assistant Professor
Specialised in Media and Cultural Studies, studying the representation of past events, participatory media, multi-platform storytelling, cultural memory and the re-use of archival footage, particularly for television, screen culture and digital media. Organizing cooperation for European research and education, specifically regarding global citizenship and television’s history and future as a multi-platform storytelling practice. Digital Humanities experience includes (inter-)national projects on digitalized audio-visual heritage and cultural memory VideoActive and EUscreen, promoting the use of television content to explore Europe's rich and diverse cultural history. 2018-2019 Recipient Europeana Research Grant Award for digital humanities/data science research for researching creative storytelling and re-use in the context of digital (audiovisual) heritage.
dr. B. (Berber) Hagedoorn
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Assistant Professor Media Studies
Historical anthropology; medieval and cultural history; methods and theory; history of ideas, esp. the French intellectual tradition; the relationship between religion and the academic discourse; the relationship between texts and images.

dr. B.S. (Babette) Hellemans
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senior lecturer
performing theory and analysis, contemporary theatre, evaluation processes and theatre criticism, theatrepolicy
drs. L.D.M.E. (Lucia) van Heteren
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docente theaterwetenschap
J.F. (Judith) Jansma
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Lecturer & PhD Candidate
prof. dr. G.T. (Goffe) Jensma
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Professor of Frisian Language and Literature; director of studies MA Multilingualism and BA Minorities & Multilingualism
History and politics
Culture, memory, identity, and heritage
Central and Eastern Europe, especially Western Balkans/the former Yugoslavia
Language and literature, film and media
J.W. (James) Leigh, MA
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Lecturer & PhD student - MA Euroculture
Critical theory, aesthetics, art criticism, philosophy of culture
dr. T.E. (Thijs) Lijster
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Assistant Professor Philosophy of Art and Culture
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Place attachment, 
Mobilities, 
Youth, 
Research communication,
E. (Eva) Maersk
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PhD student
history of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism / international transfer of models / non-western regions.
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associate professor
American studies
American history and culture, 1848-present
Borderlands studies
Mexican American studies
U.S. Catholic history and culture
U.S.-Mexico relations
dr. A.M. (Anne) Martinez
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Assistant Professor (tenured), American Studies in Polticial Culture and Theory
Popular Music, American Music, Jazz
dr. K.A. (Kristin McGee) McGee
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Associate Professor
English literature: Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Joyce, Victorian literature, modernism, magazines, typography; academic skills.
dr. T.D. (Tekla) Mecsnober
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lecturer
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- Middle East
- Islam
- Global jihadism (al-Qaeda, IS)
- Religion and violence
dr. P.G.T. (Pieter) Nanninga
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Assistant Professor Middle Eastern Studies
Midrash; Culture and Cognition; Cognitive Science of religion; Cultural study of Emotions
dr. R. (Ronit) Nikolsky
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Assistant Professor Culture and Cognition
A. (Adina-Loredana) Nistor
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PhD student
Creative/Cultural Industries (Music Industry), Data and Society, Social Theory, Media and Power, Global Media (East Asia), 
R. Prey, PhD
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Assistant Professor
maritime archaeology; cultural history; digital humanities;
M. (Manuela) Ritondale, MA
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PhD student
American Literature and Culture (modern & contemporary), Critical Theory, Feminist & Queer Theory, Media History, History of Cultural Institutions
K.S. (Kathryn) Roberts, PhD
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Assistant Professor of American Studies
Memory Studies
Social Media
App Studies
Media Theory 
dr. P.H. (Rik) Smit
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Assistant Professor Media Studies
My research focuses on cultural production processes. Merging inspiration from science and technology studies into the domain of sociology of art, I develop a pragmatist approach that turns attention to how evolving objects influence the social settings of their making. Empirically, I have followed creative work practices and valuation processes in film and design.
dr. S.M. (Sara) Strandvad
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Associate Professor of Arts in Society
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Working in international and interdisciplinary scholarly teams and networks; experience in leading groups inside and outside the university; experience in publishing professional journals and book series; commitment to teaching.

Scholarly focus of interest:
European cultural history from antiquity through today, with a focus on religion in diverse cultural settings; Diversity of knowledge systems; Method and theory in the study of religion; Discursive study of religion; Esoteric discourses in European culture, with special emphasis on astrology and kabbalah; Religion, philosophy, and nature; Religion and secularity
prof. dr. C.K.M. (Kocku) von Stuckrad
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Professor of Religious Studies
American Studies
Colonial America
The American Revolution
The Early American Republic
The US South
The early modern Atlantic World
Ethnicity, national identity, and race
M.L. (Mark) Thompson
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Senior Lecturer of American Studies
Global Popular Music; Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Theories of Voice and Vocality; Pastiche, Mimesis, and Representation; Experimental Music; Film Music and Sound; Sound and Mobile Music Studies
dr. C.J. (Chris) Tonelli
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Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Popular Music
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Fysische anthropologie
Anatomie 
dr. H.T.T.C. (Hilde) Uytterschaut
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Tutor
Professor Pablo Valdivia is Chair of European Culture and Literature at the University of Groningen and Executive Director of the Netherlands School for Literary Studies. Before joining the University of Groningen in 2016, he worked at the University of Amsterdam, The Cambridge Foundation Villiers Park and the University of Nottingham. He holds a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Granada (Spain) and a BA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Valladolid (Spain). He obtained a Research MA degree on "Research in European Literature and Theatre" awarded by UNED (Spain). In 2007, he received his PhD degree on "Philosophy of Hispanic Studies" at the University of Nottingham. His research deals primarily with the notions of "Literature and Crisis" from an interdisciplinary transnational perspective. The relation between "Exile and Literature" and "Literary Interculturality" are some of his main research focus as well. He is an expert on "Cultural Narratives" and "Conceptual Metaphors". He carries multidisciplinary research with special emphasis in the fields of Social Sciences, Cultural Industries and Cognitive Sciences. Professor Valdivia is reviewer and editor of more than a dozen international top scientific journals and book series; researcher of METAPHORA project (UAM-Spanish Government); researcher of "Converging Horizons" project (CONICYT) and expert reviewer European Commission research projects. From 2014 to 2018, Valdivia was President Steering Committee H2020 European Commission Excellent Science Marie Curie RISE project "Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal (CRIC)" project; from 2016 to 2018 he was co-director of the "Research Centre Arts in Society" (University of Groningen), and from 2017 to 2018, Valdivia was Head of Finances CLLiP Programmes (Cultures, Literatures, Linguistics, Politics). In 2018, Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" Faculty of Arts (University of Groningen).
Intergenerational transmission| Poverty and inequality | Health considerations| Capabilities and agency (Capability Approach) | Social and cultural context | Ethnographic and Participatory Action Research
dr. S.S. (Sanne) Visser
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Postdoc Intergenerational transmission of poverty
Institutional Approach to Dutch Modern Literature, professionalization and internationalisation of the literary Field, reading Culture and book Science.
dr. S. (Sandra) van Voorst
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Assistant Professor
R.E. (Ruby) de Vos
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PhD student
Oscar Wilde
Victorian Literature and Culture
Literary Theory
Modernism / Postmodernism
Word and Music Studies
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Lecturer in English Language and Culture
Strategic and International Management; Management of the Arts and Cultural Industries, Cultural Entrepreneurship
dr. R.W. de Vries
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Lecturer - dept. Global Economics and Management, program International Business
Postcolonial European identity, South African literature and the literary field interdisciplinary project-based education
dr. M.C. (Margriet) van der Waal
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Senior Lecturer Euroculture/Professor by special appointment South African literature, culture and history
Theoretical Biology; Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution; Evolutionary Game Theory; Dynamical Systems; Cultural Evolution; Evolutionary Systems Biology.
Arts-based research; Cultural industries; Media and Cultural Entrepreneurship; Journalism; Media and Democracy; Media Pluralism; Action Research.
prof. dr. T.A.C. (Tamara) Witschge
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Associate Professor / Rosalind Franklin Fellow
• Early American Literature (to 1800)
• Comparative Colonial Studies
• New World Poetry
• Native American History
• Aesthetics
• History of the Book
• Digital Humanities
dr. J. (Joanne) van der Woude
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University Lecturer
Regional Identity, Rural History, U.S. Politics, U.S. History, History of the U.S. South, Political Culture, American Studies, Southern Studies, Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Civil War.
dr. M. (Maarten) Zwiers
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Assistant Professor
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