Pauwke Berkers (1977) studied sociology at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. He specialized in the sociology of culture and wrote his thesis on women in punk. The main goal of this empirical study was establishing to what extent feminist ideologies and/or the do-it-yourself ethic of punk influenced and encouraged Dutch women to participate in (punk)bands.
Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate on a research project called 'Cultural Classification Systems in Transition', at the Department for the Study of the Arts and Culture at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Within this general project his research addresses the differences between the institutional recognition and framing of ethnic minority writers in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.
In 2005 he has been a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at the Sociology Department of Princeton University, working mostly on the role of ethnicity within American literary anthologies and cultural policy.