Willem Schinkel is Professor of Social Theory at Erasmus University Rotterdam.and a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
He combines sociology, social theory, philosophy, science & technology studies
and cultural studies to contribute to the imagination of an alternative
politics. Some of the issues he has been working on are social
imaginaries, immigrant integration, violence, democracy and
depoliticization, climate change, comparison and smart cities.
He finished his PhD. (cum laude) in 2005, which won him the Willem Nagel triennial book-prize of the Dutch Society for Criminology. He publishes in a wide range of subjects, including social theory and social philosophy, the sociology of art and STS. In 2007, he was visiting scholar at NYU (New York, USA); in 2010 he was visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge (NYU); and in the spring of 2011 he was visiting scholar at Humboldt University in Berlin (philosophy department).
After working on a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), he is currently the principal investigator of the ERC project Monitoring Modernity, which focuses on the ways society is imagined in the monitoring of flows of migrants, flows of capital and climate change.