Curriculum Vitae

  • born in 1946 at Düsseldorf, Germany


  • 1968-71 Sociology, economics, and history at the University of Freiburg
  • 1971-72 Sociology and history at the Sorbonne, Paris
  • 1972-74 Sociology, economics, and history at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1974 Diplom-Soziologe, Free University of Berlin
  • 1979 Promotion, Dr. sc. pol., University of Münster
  • 1987 Habilitation (venia legendi, sociology), University of Marburg



  • 1976-79 Research Fellow, University of Münster, Department of Sociology
  • 1979-84 Research Fellow, International Institute of Management, Science Centre Berlin
  • 1985-87 Akademischer Rat, University of Marburg
  • 1987-92 Professor, University of Heidelberg, Department of Sociology
  • 1992 Full Professor, University of Trier, Department of Social Sciences


Fellowships and Visiting Appointments

  • 1980-81 Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, Department of Industrial Relations
  • 1984 Research fellow at Stanford University, Department of Sociology (Fellowship: German Science Foundation)
  • 1986-87 Jean-Monnet-Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence
  • since 1987 Member of the American Sociological Association
  • 1991-92 Research fellow Columbia University, New York (Fellowship: Volkswagen-Foundation)
  • 1996-97 Research fellow, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley (Fellowship: Volkswagen-Foundation)
  • 1999 Research fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University (Fellowship: German Science Foundation)
  • since 2000 member of the Selection Committee of the Thyssen Award
  • 2005/06 Fellow Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin


  • 1995 Award of the Thyssen Foundation (best German article in the social sciences)
  • 1996 Award of the Thyssen Foundation (best German article in the social sciences)
  • 2000 Teaching excellence award, sociology, University of Trier