Dick Pels is a sociologist. He worked at the Philosophy Department of the University of Groningen, and was subsequently a Professor of Sociology at Brunel University in London. He currently works as a freelance publicist. His present-day work is mainly oriented toward the upsurge of celebrity culture in politics, trade and industry, and science. His previous work includes The Democratic Difference. Jacques de Kadt and the new elite. Pels is the Associate Editor of Theory, Culture and Society.