Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei studied classical composition, linguistics, multimedia art, philosophy, and group-analytic psychotherapy. He received his Ph.D. in Media & Communications from the European Graduate School and Ph.D. in Modern Thought from the University of Aberdeen. He works as a publisher and philologist.

Van Gerven Oei is co-director of scholar- and queer-led open-access press punctum books, director of open metadata management and dissemination platform Thoth, board member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association, co-founder of the Union for Nubian Studies, and editorial board member of Stedelijk Studies Journal.

He is a specialist in Old Nubian philology, publishing the standard work A Reference Grammar of Old Nubian (Peeters, 2021). Further publications include Lapidari (punctum books, 2015), the first complete overview of socialist monumentality in Albania, and translations of Japanese manga artist Gengoroh Tagame, most recently The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame Volume 2 (Fantagraphics, 2022). His scholarly research has appeared in Afterall, Glossa, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology, postmedieval, and Theory & Event, among other venues.