I’m a postdoc researcher (working with Sarah de Rijcke) at the CWTS Leiden in the EPIC-group. For the past two years we have been interested in high-performing research groups. Due to the shift to competitive funding we see increasingly that research funding is concentrated within a limited number of research groups. Together with Rathenau Institute we analyzed organizational and epsitemic characteristics of four of these groups in a comparative study.

In the near future I hope to develop a new research line on representations of the social sciences and humanities in scientometric knowledge production and its constitutive effects.


On March 6 2015 I defended my dissertation in cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam. ‘How books travel. Translation flows and practices of Dutch acquiring editors and New York literary scouts, 1980-2009′ offers an analysis of translation flows into Dutch in fiction and poetry bookproduction between 1980 and 2009. You can find a Dutch summary or a summary in English on this website. If you would like to receive a paper copy of the thesis let me know by email.


  • Email — t.p.franssen [at] cwts.leidenuniv.nl



Postdoc at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University

September 2014 – present

Assistant professor at Arts and Culture Studies (ACS), at Erasmus University

August 2015- April 2016

Policy advisor at the Amsterdam Arts Council

August 2014 – December 2014

PhD-candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Giselinde Kuipers, Dr. Olav Velthuis, September 2009 – August 2014

Member of the committee ‘Literature’ at the Amsterdam Arts council

April 2011 – June 2014

Visiting PhD-fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin (GER) invited by Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewhoner

April 2013 – September 2013

‘Visiting Assistant in Reseach’ at Yale University, New Haven CT (US) supervised by Prof. Dr. Ron Eyerman

September 2011 – December 2011