I’m a researcher in the SES-group broadly interested in the relation between funding, evaluation practices and epistemic properties of research. Together with Sarah de Rijcke I studied the rise of ‘excellent’ research groups. Due to the shift towards competitive and performance-based funding we see that research funding becomes concentrated within a limited number of research groups. Together with Laurens Hessels and Wout Scholten we are analyzing the increasing importance of competitive funding, and the ways in which funding arrangements influence epistemic properties of research.

With Paul Wouters I am working on the history of the use of bibliometrics in the humanities. With Vincent Traag I work on the qualitative-quantitative divide in sociology (see this blogpost). I am developing a research project that focuses on the diversity of valuation devices in the humanities and the different ways in which they make valuable (and visible) particular humanistic research practices (and traditions).


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



Researcher 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