Dhr. prof. dr. R. (Rens) Vliegenthart

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Rens Vliegenthart is professor at and scientific director of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the role of media in society, and specifically, the way media and politics interact. Vliegenthart seeks to identify medium and long term trends, and has a penchant for using various quantative methods. He is also involved in several academic boards and committees.



Personal data

Name and surname

Rens Vliegenthart

Date of birth

13th of April, 1980




  • Master political sciences, VU University Amsterdam, attained in 2003
  • Master social-cultural anthropology, VU University Amsterdam, attained in 2003
  • PhD at the Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam, attained in 2007 (cum laude)



  • Visiting researcher, University of California Irvine, 2006 to 2007
  • Assistant/associate professor in Political Communication, University of Amsterdam (UvA), 2007 to 2013
  • Visiting associate professor, University of Southern Denmark, 2009 to 2010
  • Professor Media and Society, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (UvA), since 2013
  • Scientific director, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (UvA), since September 2018

Selected honoraries and functions


  • Member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (De Jonge Akademie, KNAW [Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences]), since 2013
  • Co-editor of stukroodvlees.nl, the Dutch political science blog, since 2013
  • Editor Acta Politica (Journal of the Dutch Political Science Association NWKP), since 2015
  • Founding & board member of the Amsterdam Young Academy, since 2017
  • Member scientific advisory board, Dutch science foundation (NWO), since 2018
  • Member Governance Code Committee, Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), since 2018


  • Member of the interdisciplinary group of scholars from Communication, Media and Information for the KNAW, 2008 to 2011
  • Chair of PR committee, Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam, 2010 to 2012
  • Member of ethics committee, Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam, 2012 to 2013


Publications (selected)

  • "Framing Immigration and Integration. Facts, Parliament, Media and Anti-Immigrant Party Support in the Netherlands" (dissertation, 2007)
  • "News coverage and support for European integration, 1990-2006" (co-author article, 2008)
  • "Effects of election news coverage: How visibility and tone influence party choice" (co-author article, 2010)
  • "Changes in political news coverage: Personalization, conflict and negativity in British and Dutch newspapers" (co-author book contribution, 2011)
  • "Power to the frame: Bringing sociology back to frame analysis" (co-author article, 2011)
  • "Content matters: The dynamics of parliamentary questioning in Belgium and Denmark" (co-author article, 2011)
  • "U Kletst Uit Uw Nek. Over de Relatie tussen Politiek, Media en de Kiezer" (book, 2012)
  • "Moving up. Applying aggregate level time series analysis in the study of media coverage" (article, 2014)
  • "Mediatization and political agenda-setting: changing issue priorities?" (co-author book contribution, 2014)
  • "Poles apart: The processing and consequences of mixed media stereotypes of older workers." (co-author article, 2016)
  • "The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political Agenda–Setting Effect of Protest. A Longitudinal Study in Six Western European Countries" (co-author article, 2016)
  • "The Conditional Nature of Presidential Agenda Influence on TV News: The Case of Education" (co-author article, 2017)
  • "A general pattern in the construction of economic newsworthiness? Analyzing news factors in popular, quality, regional, and financial newspapers" (co-author article, 2017)
  • "Disentangling the Direction of Causality Between Competence Issue Ownership and Party Preference" (co-author article, 2017)

This biography has been updated until February 13, 2021.