Janneke Wesseling is Professor Emeritus in the Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University (NL). She co-founded and directed PhDArts, international doctorate programme in visual art and design, at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University, and headed the Lectorship in Art Theory & Practice at the University of the Arts, The Hague between 2007 and 2022.
In 2013 Wesseling obtained a doctoral degree at Leiden University with a dissertation on contemporary art and reception aesthetics, entitled De volmaakte beschouwer: De ervaring van het kunstwerk en de actualiteit van de receptie-esthetica (The Perfect Spectator: The Experience of the Artwork and the Topicality of Reception Aesthetics).
Wesseling writes as art critic for the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad. In addition, she publishes regularly on contemporary art in magazines and catalogues in The Netherlands and abroad. She has also published a number of independent studies and books, including: