Koos Zwaan (1979) studied Communication/Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD after completing his dissertation on the career development of Dutch pop musicians. He is currently associate professor of Media, Culture and Citizenship at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences. He is one of the co-editors of a volume on the global television format Idols, entitled Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Format (Ashgate, 2012, co-editor Joost de Bruin) and in September a co-edited volume, entitled The Asghate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (Ashgate, Sep 2014, co-editors Linda Duits & Stijn Reijnders) will be published. His research interest include popular music and popular culture, the music industry and new media. He is also a board member for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Benelux branche. For full details and an overview of all publications see http://tinyurl.com/o5vb683 and his LinkedIn profile.