Department of Sociology

The Crew
The Crew

The sociology of North America as it is represented at the John F. Kennedy Institute consists of two main areas of research and teaching: first, the sociological analysis of social structures and processes in North American societies; second, the theoretical approaches and research programmes originating in North America. Both areas are intertwined: Theoretical approaches and research programmes are often used to describe, explain and analyze social structures and processes in North American societies.


Freie Universität Berlin
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Sociology
Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin

Front Office
Regina Wenzel (Room 322)
Telephone +49 30 838 52702
Fax +49 30 838 454240


Department Chair
Prof. Dr. Harald Wenzel

Office Hours

Front Office (Regina Wenzel)

Monday - Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
In urgend cases arrangements via e-mail.

Prof. Wenzel
Thu, July 25 at 2 p.m.
Wed, September 4 at 11 a.m.
A list to sign up is beside the door. The office hours of academic advisement can be found here.

Prof. Kienscherf
Tue, August 13 from noon - 2 p.m.
Tue, August 27 from noon - 2 p.m.
And appointment by email.

Prof. Nassauer
Please read this information before scheduling an appointment regarding academic professional skills courses (Allgemeine Berufsvorbereitung, ABV).

Please register by e-mail.

Wed, 17.07. 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Friday, 26,07. 11 am – 1 pm
Wed, 31.07. 11 am – 1 pm (last office hours before my leave from 01.08.2019-30.09.2020)

Starting 01.08., Anne Nassauer will be a visiting fellow at Yale University (until 30.09.2020) and will be on leave at the JFKI. During this time period, please contact her substitute Mia Yoo (, room 328, or the Careerservice for ABV questions), and for UNA questions, please contact the tutors or the other UNA professors