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Researcher Profile

Rens Vliegenthart

Professor of Communication Science
Amsterdam School of Communication Research
University of Amsterdam

Rens Vliegenthart is a full professor of Media and Society at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam. He is also the scientific director of ASCoR. Rens received his PhD in Social Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2007 (cum laude) and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Southern Denmark.

His research focuses on the analysis of media content and effects, both on citizens and public opinion, as well as on politicians and political decision making. Rens specializes in (automated) content analysis and time series analysis. His research is published in a wide range of journals in communication science, political science, and sociology, and is funded by grants from the Dutch science foundation (e.g. VENI, VIDI, NWA).

Rens is also editor of Acta Politica, the journal of the Dutch Political Science foundation, one of the members of the editorial board and regular contributor to the popular-scientific blog StukRoodVlees, and member of the advisory council of the Social Sciences and Humanities section of the Dutch science foundation NWO.

Selected Publications

Aydemir, N., & Vliegenthart, R. (2021). Tracing roots of group representation among MPs with immigrant backgrounds: A content analysis on parliamentary questions in the Netherlands. Ethnicities, 14687968211005188.
Boukes, M., Damstra, A., & Vliegenthart, R. (2021). Media Effects Across Time and Subject: How News Coverage Affects Two Out of Four Attributes of Consumer Confidence. Communication Research, 48(3), 454–476.
Damstra, A., Boomgaarden, H. G., Broda, E., Lindgren, E., Strömbäck, J., Tsfati, Y., & Vliegenthart, R. (2021). What Does Fake Look Like? A Review of the Literature on Intentional Deception in the News and on Social Media. Journalism Studies, 1–17.
Damstra, A., Vliegenthart, R., Boomgaarden, H., Glüer, K., Lindgren, E., Strömbäck, J., & Tsfati, Y. (2021). Knowledge and the News: An Investigation of the Relation Between News Use, News Avoidance, and the Presence of (Mis)beliefs. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 19401612211031456.
Lindgren, E., Lindholm, T., Vliegenthart, R., Boomgaarden, H. G., Damstra, A., Strömbäck, J., & Tsfati, Y. (2022). Trusting the Facts: The Role of Framing, News Media as a (Trusted) Source, and Opinion Resonance for Perceived Truth in Statistical Statements. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 107769902211171.
Strömbäck, J., Tsfati, Y., Boomgaarden, H., Damstra, A., Lindgren, E., Vliegenthart, R., & Lindholm, T. (2020). News media trust and its impact on media use: Toward a framework for future research. Annals of the International Communication Association, 44(2), 139–156.