James Coleman Chairs

In 2005, the first James Coleman chair was established at Utrecht University. Marco van Leeuwen, who defended his impressive dissertation ‘Bijstand in Amsterdam, ca. 1800 – 1850. Armenzorg als beheersings- en overlevingsstrategie’ (cum laude, 1990) was appointed on this Chair for Historical Sociology for 5 years. In 2009, Marco van Leeuwen was appointed full professor in Historical Sociology, also from Utrecht University.

The second James Coleman chair was established in Groningen in 2009. René Torenvlied was appointed on the chair Sociology, Modelling of Decision making and Policy Implementation, again for 5 years. Torenvlied defended his PhD in 1996 (‘Besluiten in uitvoering.Theorieen over beleidsuitvoering modelmatig getoetst op sociale vernieuwing in drie gemeenten’). In 2011, René Torenvlied was appointed full professor in Leiden on the chair of Public Sector Management. As of 2013, Torenvlied is full professor in Public Management at Twente University.

In 2014, a third James Coleman chair was established, again at the University of Groningen. As of January 1st, 2015, Agnes Akkerman is appointed on the chair Sustainable Cooperation, specifically in collective labour relations. Agnes Akkerman defended her thesis in 2000 (‘Verdeelde vakbeweging en stakingen. Concurrentie om leden). Agnes Akkerman combines her chair with an associate professorship at the VU University Amsterdam (Sociology), and at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Political Science).

A fourth chair was established in 2015. Marcel van Assen was appointed as Professor of Mathematical Sociology at Utrecht University. Marcel van Assen defended his thesis ‘Essays on actor perspectives in exchange networks and social dilemmas’ in 2001 at the University of Groningen.