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Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, after he had been director of the Verwey-Jonker Research Institute for Social Issues (1999-2003) and Professor of Community Development at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. With regard to his background training, he received his master’s degrees in both sociology and philosophy at the University of Groningen. Moreover, he did his doctoral research, which dealt with new social movements, at the University of Amsterdam. His main fields of research currently are the transformation of the welfare state, belonging and ‘feeling at home’, and nativism. His latest books include The Politics of Home. Nostalgia and Belonging in Western Europe and the United States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Crafting Citizenship. Negotiating Tensions in Modern Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, co-authored with Menno Hurenkamp and Evelien Tonkens), European States and Their Muslim Citizens. The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries (Cambridge University Press 2014, co-edited with John Bowen, Christophe Bertossi, Mona Lena Krook), New York and Amsterdam. Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (NYU Press 2014, co-edited with Nancy Foner, Jan Rath and Rogier van Reekum) and Players and Arenas. The Interactive Dynamics of Protest (Amsterdam University Press 2015, co-edited with James M. Jasper), The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World (Macmillan 2016, co-edited with Peter Geschiere and Evelien Tonkens), Thuis. Het drama van de multiculturele samenleving (Amsterdam University Press 2017), Macht der gewoonte. Populisme in de polder (Walburgpers 2022, with Menno Hurenkamp) and The Return of the Native. Can Liberalism Safeguard Us Against Nativism? (Oxford University Press 2022, with Josip Kešić).

In 2013-2014, Duyvendak was Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In Spring 2016 he was Research Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies. From July 2017 – July 2019 he was Executive Committee Chair at Council for European Studies. Since 2018 he is director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). In 2021 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and in 2022 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2022)
  • Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (2021)
  • Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam
  • Executive Committee Chair, Council for European Studies (July 2017 – July 2019)
  • Research Fellow, Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (January 2016 – September 2016)
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Advanced research Collaborative of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2013-2014)
  • Associate member, Urban Studies Initiative, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center
  • Associate fellow, Center for Migrations and Citizenship, French Institute of International Relations, Paris
  • Visiting scholar, CUNY Graduate Center, Department of Sociology (2009)
  • Visiting scholar, CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Urban Research (2007)
  • Visiting scholar, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Sociology (2006)
  • Director, Verwey-Jonker Instituut, Research Institute for Social Issues, Utrecht (1999 – 2003)
  • Professor, dr. Gr. Hendriks-Stichting Endowed Chair in Community Development, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam (1996 – 2002)
  • Post-doc position, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (1994 – 1998 )
  • Assistant Professor in Sexuality Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen (1993- 1996)
  • Post-doc position, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam (1992 – 1993 )


  • 1992 PhD Sociology, University of Amsterdam
  • 1987 MA Philosophy, University of Groningen
  • 1983 – 1984 Study at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
  • 1982 BA Philosophy, University of Groningen
  • 1982 MA SSWL (Sociology), University of Groningen
  • 1979 BA SSWL (Sociology), University of Groningen


  • 2003 – now:   B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. courses in sociology, University of Amsterdam
  • 1996 – 2000:  M.A. courses on social policy, University of Amsterdam
  • 1993 – 1996: Assistant professor, lecturing on emancipation processes, University of Amsterdam
  • 1985: Lecturer in social philosophy, University of Groningen



  • Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam (2004-2006)
  • Co-director, AISSR program group Political Sociology, University of Amsterdam (2007-2013) 
  • Board member, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam
  • Board member, Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality



De nativistische kramp

Hoe juist de meerderheid haar cultuur oplegt aan minderheden De strijd tegen identiteitspolitiek door geharnaste…


Ceux qui sont nés quelque part… et qui veulent en exclure les autres Parler aujourd’hui…

The complimentary sides of academic freedom

During this years opening of the academic year at NIAS we also celebrated its 50th…

Inaugurated as KNAW member

The twenty-three new KNAW members of the year 2021 were installed during the meeting on…

Participate! Portraits of Cities and Citizens in Action

Boekpresentatie 10 juni, Pakhuis de Zwijger Resultaten van vijf jaar onderzoek naar participatie en stedelijke…

Conference on Studies of Belonging

‘Mapping Belonging as a field of study, Establishing future networks’ #NIASConference, 9 JUNE – 11…

Benoemd tot KNAW lid

Jan Willem Duyvendak is verkozen tot lid van de KNAW. Leden van de KNAW, vooraanstaande…

‘Mannelijkheid is een groot probleem’

Op zoek naar verklaringen voor rellen en rechts populisme wordt gesproken over achterstanden en cultuur.…

In newsmedia on the curfew-riots in the Netherlands

De Groene Amsterdammer, 10 februari, Opstand der giftige mannen Trouw, 6 februari, Rutte heeft de…