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).
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.
Since July 2017, he is Executive Committee Chair at Council for European Studies. From January 2018, he is the director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).