Rens Vliegenthart studied Political Science and Social Cultural Sciences at the VU Amsterdam. During that time he became interested in the media’s role in political campaigns. In 2007, he defended his PhD Thesis ‘Framing Immigration and Integration’, about the political and public debate about immigration and integration in the Netherlands, with distinction. After earning his PhD, he worked at the University of Amsterdam, where he has been a professor of Media and Society since 2013. He has been working as Scientific Director at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) since 2018.
Vliegenthart specialises in (digital) content analysis of media, and he researches the long-term effects of media coverage on society, on citizens and public opinion, and on politicians and political decision-making. He is currently working on a variety of projects including a comparative study into the national resistance to scientific knowledge.