Prof. Dr. Anne Nassauer

Dr. Anne Nassauer

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Department of Sociology

Assistant Professor

Lansstrasse 7-9
Room 328
14195 Berlin
+49 30 838-454240

Office hours

Mondays 1pm - 2.30pm.

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2016 – current

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

2013 – 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

07/14 – 09/14

Research stay at the Department of Sociology, New York University, New York (USA).

02/12 – 06/12

Researcher in the project “Subterranean Politics in Europe” at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (Germany).

09/10 – 05/11

Visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York (USA).


PhD (summa cum laude), International Doctoral Program, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (Germany).

Research Projects


- Violence in Demonstrations: A Comparative Analysis of Situational Interaction Dynamics during Social Movement Protests

- National and Transnational Diffusion of Social Movement Tactics (with Bogdan Vasi, University of Iowa)

- Subterranean Politics in Germany 2011: Occupy, Anonymus, Guttenplag (with Helmut Anheier, Hertie School of Governance)

- Methodological Approaches for Visual Behavioral Data Analysis (with Nicolas Legewie, German Institute for Economic Research)



- Rampage School Shootings in the United States – A Configurational and Micro-Situational Analysis

- Failed Interaction Rituals: Store robberies on CCTV

- U.S. civil unrest from a micro-sociological perspective

- A human inhibition to violence? Studying Collins micro-theory of violent confrontations in humans and other great apes


Main Research Fields

- Micro-sociology

- Violent and criminal behavior

- Crowds and social movements

- Behavioral analysis and symbolic interaction

- Emotions

- Visual data

- Research design & qualitative methods

Publications (selected) 

Nassauer, A. (2016). „Theoretische Überlegungen zur Entstehung von Gewalt in Protesten: Eine situative mechanismische Erklärung.” Berliner Journal für Soziologie. 25, 491–518.

Nassauer, A. (2016). “From Peaceful Marches to Violent Clashes: A Micro-Situational Analysis.” Social Movement Studies. 1-16.

Nassauer, A. (2015). ”Effective Crowd Policing: Empirical Insights on Avoiding Violence”, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 38:1, 3-23.

Nassauer, A. (2015). „Developing a Micro-Situational Theory of Crowd Violence“ in Elizabeth Crespo Kebler (Ed.), Cultures, Social Bonds and the Dynamics of Violence (pp. 39-53). Oxfordshire: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Nassauer, A. (2015). “Forward Panic and Police Riots” in Marco Gerster, Steffen Krämer, and Daniel Ziegler (Eds.), Framing Excessive Violence – Discourse and Dynamics (pp. 37-59), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nassauer, A. and Anheier, H. (2015). „The ‘Swarm Intelligence’ and Occupy: Recent Subterranean Politics in Germany“, in Kaldor, Mary and Sabine Selchow (Eds.), Subtearranean Politics in Europe (pp. 94-119), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nassauer, A. (2012). Violence in Demonstrations: A Comparative Analysis of Situational Interaction Dynamics at Social Movement Protests. Dissertation, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Nassauer, A. and Labigne, A. (equal contribution). (2012). „Violence in Civil Society. Insights from the CIVICUS Civil Society Index Databases“, in Wolfgang Dörner and Regina List (Eds.), Civil Society, Conflict and Violence, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Nassauer, A. (2010). “From Hate to Collective Violence - Research and Practical Implications.” Journal of Hate Studies, Vol. 9 (1).