Principal Investigators


Professor Mathias Albert - Speaker (Political Science/IR)

Mathias Albert
Mathias Albert is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Sociology and Honorary Professor at the University of Aarhus/Denmark. His work is on various aspects of international relations and world society theory.



Professor Ulrike Davy (Law)

Ulrike Davy
Ulrike Davy is professor for constitutional and administrative law, German and international social law, and comparative law at the Faculty of Law of Bielefeld University. Additionally, she is the managing director of the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) and member of the University Council of Bielefeld University. Her research concentrates on migration and refugee law, history and theory of the welfare state, European social policy, and universal human rights law, in particular, social rights and the right to equality.



Professor Angelika Epple (History)

Angelika Epple
Angelika Epple is professor of modern history, vice-speaker of the BMBF-project "Entangled Americas", and member of the steering committee of the cooperation group "communication of comparisons" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF). Since 2010 she has been dean/vice dean of the faculty of history, philosophy, and theology. Her research interests include the history of global entanglements, global microhistory and locality studies, gender history, comparative history of historiography, and the communication of comparisons in history.



Professor Thomas Faist (Sociology)

Thomas Faist
Thomas Faist (PhD, New School for Social Research) is Professor for the Sociology of Transnationalization, Development and Migration at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. His fields of interest are transnational relations, citizenship, social policy, development and migration. He held visiting professorships at Malmö University and the University of Toronto. Thomas Faist is a member of the editorial boards of Ethnic and Racial Studies, South Asian Diaspora, Social Inclusion, Migration and Development and the Pakistan Journal of Social Issues.



Professor Boris Holzer (Sociology; University of Konstanz)

Boris Holzer
Boris Holzer is Professor of General Sociology and Macrosociology at University of Konstanz. He earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has subsequently worked at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the University of Lucerne and Bielefeld University. His current research interests include political and economic sociology, sociological theory, sociology of world society and historical and comparative sociology.



Professor Alexandra Kaasch - Deputy Speaker (Political Science/Sociology)

Alexandra Kaasch
Alexandra Kaasch is Junior Professor in Transnational Social Policy at the Faculty of Sociology (Bielefeld University). Her research interests are in the fields of comparative and global social policy and governance.



PD Dr. Martin Koch (Political Science/IR)

Martin Koch
Martin Koch is Assistant Professor at Bielefeld University. His research interests are international organizations, organization studies, world society studies, international political sociology and global inequality. In his current research he is working on a sociological re-conceptualization of international organizations as organizations in world society. He is principal investigator of the project "Global perceptions of inequality in world society" (together with Mathias Albert).



Professor George Lawson (IR; LSE)

George Lawson
George Lawson is an Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE. He works on the relationship between history and theory, with a particular interest in historical sociology. This interest is applied to the study of revolutions and debates around ´global modernity´.



Professor Franz Mayer (Law)

Franz Mayer



Professor Detlef Sack (Political Science)

Detlef Sack



Professor Willibald Steinmetz (History)

Willibald Steinmetz
Willibald Steinmetz is professor of modern political history at the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Bielefeld University. His research interests include theory and practice of historical discourse analysis, interactions between language use and political action in various institutional settings (18th - 20th centuries) and Anglo-American and continental European traditions of law in comparison (19th - 20th centuries).



Professor Andreas Vasilache (Political Science/IR)

Andreas Vasilache
Andreas Vasilache is Professor for European Studies at Bielefeld University and Director of the Centre for German and European Studies (CGES) at Bielfeld University and Saint Petersburg State University. His research interests include International Relations (IR) and European Studies as well as International Political Theory (IPT), Europe-Asia Relations, Comparative Regionalization in World Society, intern- and transcultural relations and borders, boundaries and limits in World Society



Professor Tobias Werron - Deputy Speaker (Sociology)

Tobias Werron
Tobias Werron is Professor of Sociological Theory at the Faculty of Sociology. His main areas of research are globalization and world society theory, sociology of competition, media sociology, and the sociology of sport. He is currently working on a book on the sociology of competition.