The urban sociologist Prof. Dr. Jan Rath has been appointed to Erasmus University’s Prof. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair in the academic year 2021/2022. At the same time, he will be working as a Prof. J.A.A. van Doorn Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The chair is an homage to the founder of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Jacques van Doorn. Rath will dedicate his fellowship — amongst others — to the study of urban amenities, cultural consumption, and the proliferation of new middle-class lifestyles and identities. He will also present the fifth edition of the Van Doorn public lecture.
Rath will will remain associated as Professor of Urban Sociology to the Department of Sociology in the University of Amsterdam.