Julian Schaap

Welcome to my homepage! I’m a cultural sociologist at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I do research and teach.

While broadly interested in culture, media and the arts, I mainly study how preferences for culture and media – music specifically – relate to people’s positions in the social world. In other words: how music brings us together (or closer to ‘ourselves’), or how it reinforces inequalities and drives us apart. I’m specifically interested in how this affects our well-being.

I work together with my colleagues in the Rotterdam Popular Music Studies research group and with colleagues at the Erasmus Medical Center ‘Music as Medicine‘ research group. For updates on all our music research, I can warmly recommend you to follow our Substack newsletter.