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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kohl




Leiter der Abteilung Soziologie

Lansstr. 7-9
Raum 321
14195 Berlin


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Double doctoral degree in sociology (“cotutelle”), Sciences Po Paris, Cologne University
Thesis: Homeowner Nations or Nations of Tenants. How Historical Institutions in Urban Politics, Housing Finance and Construction set Germany, France and the US on Different Housing Paths
Reviewers: Jens Beckert, Patrick LeGalès

MA, Organizational Sociology, Sciences Po, Paris
Thesis: Comparing the French and German Consumer Press as Organizations and Market Devices (French)
Supervisor: Pierre François

(MA equivalent), Philosophy, Political Science and French, University of Cologne
Thesis: Causal Explanations in the Social Sciences (German)
Supervisor: Andreas Hüttemann

Trimester abroad, Tver State University, Russia

Diplom (MA equivalent), Economics and Sociology, University of Cologne
Thesis: Theories in the Market. A Theoretical Reflection on How Economic Theories Perform Economic Reality (German)
Supervisor: Jens Beckert


Since 2021
Full Professor in the Sociology of North America, John-F.-Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin

2019 - 2020
John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Since 2017
Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

2015 - 2017
Researcher at Uppsala University and the Institute for Housing and Urban Research

2014 - 2015
Postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies


2010-2014                            Cotutelle Doctoral Researcher, Sciences Po Paris & International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE)


2007-2010                            Research assistant (various positions) at the University of Cologne (macroeconomy with Juergen Donges; corpus linguistics with Sascha Diwersy) and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (economic sociology with Patrik Aspers and Guido Möllering)


(2017) Homeownership, Renting and Society: Historical and Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Articles with peer review

23. (2021, with S. Hadziabdic) “Is the Left Right? The Creeping Embourgeoisement of Social Democracy through Homeownership” European Journal of Political Research

22. (2021, with K. Kholodilin) “Social Policy or Crowding Out? Tenant protection in comparative long-run perspective” In: Housing Studies

21. (2022) “Housing investment of life insurers: a historical comparison of Germany and the USA”, In: Yearbook of Economic History, Special Issue

20. (2021, with J. Sørvoll), “Varieties of Social Democracy and Cooperativism: Explaining the divergence between housing regimes in Nordic and German-speaking countries, Social Science History

19. (2021, with T. Ergen), “Can antitrust rescue democratic capitalism from inequality? A critical assessment”, In: Analyse & Kritik

18. (2020, with S. Billows, F. Tarissan), Integration via Competition: Patterns of EU Merger Enforcement Since 1991, In: Journal of Common Market Studies, Online first

17. (2020, with T. Ergen), “Rival views of economic competition: A reconstruction of an eroded moral debate”, In: Socio-economic Review, Online first

16. (2020, with B. Bengtsson) “Institutional explanations of incremental change in housing”, In: Critical Housing Studies, Online first

15. (2020), “Too much mortgage debt? The effect of housing financialization on housing supply and residential capital formation”, In: Socio-economic Review, Online first

14. (2020, with M. Grothe-Hammer), “The Decline of Organizational Sociology? An empirical analysis of research trends in leading journals across half a century“, Current Sociology, Online first

13. (2020) (with M. Schularick, T. Baldenius): "Die neue Wohnungsfrage. Gewinner und Verlierer des deutschen Immobilienbooms.” In: Leviathan, Online first

12. (2020, with A. Dobeson), “Why durability matters? Towards a comparative economic sociology of market organization”, European Journal of Sociology, Online first

11. (2019, with A. Kaluykin) “Continuities and Discontinuities of Russian Urban Housing: The Soviet housing experiment in historical long-run perspective“, Urban Studies, Online first

10. (2019, with T. Van Gunten), “The inversion of the ‘really big trade-off:’ Homeownership and pensions in long-run perspective”, West-European Politics, 43 (2), 435-463.

9. (2019, with T. Ergen), "Varieties of Economization in Competition Policy: Institutional Change German and American Antitrust Doctrines, 1960-2000”, Review of International Political Economy, 26 (2), 256-286.

8. (2018), “The Political Economy of Homeownership: a Comparative Analysis of Homeownership Ideology through Party Manifestos”, Socio-economic Review, Online first

7. (2018), “More mortgages, more homes? The effect of housing financialization on homeownership in historical perspective“ Politics & Society, 46 (2), 177-203.

6. (2018, with T. Blackwell), “Historicising Housing Typologies: Beyond welfare states and varieties of capitalism”, Housing Studies, 34 (2), 298-318.

5. (2018, with T. Blackwell) “Urban heritages: how history and housing finance matter to housing form and homeownership rates”, Urban Studies, 55(16), 3669–3688.

4. (2017, with T. Blackwell) "The Origins of National Housing Finance Systems: A comparative investigation into historical variations in mortgage finance regimes", Review of International Political Economy, 25 (1), 49-74.

3. (2016) "Urban History Matters: Explaining the German-American Homeownership Gap”, Housing Studies, 31 (6), 694-713.

     Reprint in: Schipper/Vollmer (Eds.): Wohnungsforschung. Ein Reader. Transcript Verlag (2020)

2. (2015) "The Power of Institutional Legacies: How 19th-century Housing Associations Shaped 20th-century Housing Regime Differences Between Germany and the US", European Journal of Sociology, 56 (2): 271-306.

1. (2013) (with P. Aspers) “Heidegger and Socio-ontology: A Sociological Reading”, Journal of Classical Sociology, November, 13: 487-508.


Book sections

5. (2021, with A. Sapien), “The holy trinity of competition, individualism, and meritocracy debunked.” In: Organizing Competition, Oxford University Press

4. (2019) “Der ‘Traum vom eigenen Heim’? Eigenheimförderung in Geschichte und Gegenwart” In: APuZ-Edition „Wohnen“

Reprinted 2020: Voigtländer/Depenheuer (Hrsg.): “Wohneigentum für breite Schichten der Bevölkerung - Perspektiven, Chancen und Hemmnisse”. Berlin: Springer.

3. (2018, with K. Boréus) “Innehållsanalys”, In: Boréus, Kristina; Bergström, Göran: Textens mening och makt. Metodbok i samhällsvetenskaplig textanalys. Lund: Studentlitteratur

2. (2018, with A. Spielau) “Worlds Apart: The Divergence of Southern-European Housing-construction Economies and Northern-European Export Economies.” Pp. 99-107 in Responses of European Economic Cultures to Europe's Crisis Politics: The Example of German-Italian Discrepancies, edited by Josef Hien and Christian Joerges. Florence: EUI.

1. (2010) (with Patrik Aspers) "Economic Theories of Globalization", In: Brayan S. Turner (eds.): The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies, New York, 42-61


Working papers, comments, reviews, encyclopedia entries

(2021, et al.), “The Hidden Homeownership Welfare State: An International Long-Term Perspective on the Tax Treatment of Homeowners.” DIW Discussion Papers.

(2021) “ Rezension von Aghions Le pouvoir de la destruction créatrice”, In: Soziopolis

(2021, with K. Kholodilin), “Rent Price Control–Yet Another Great Equalizer of Economic Inequalities?: Evidence from a Century of Historical Data.” DIW Discussion Papers.

(2020, with K. Kholodilin), “Does Social Policy through Rent Controls Inhibit New Construction? Some Answers from Long-Run Historical Evidence”, DIW Working Paper

(2020) Book Review of G. Fuller “Financialization of Housing”, International Journal of Housing Policy”

(2020, with P. Beckmann/B. Fulda), “Housing and voting in Germany: Multi-level evidence for the association between house prices and tenure on party choice and voter turnout”, MPIfG Discussion Paper

(2019) “Herrschaftslehren des Kapitals: Rezension von Thomas Pikettys Capital et idéologie”, In: Soziopolis

(2019) (with M. Schularick, T. Baldenius): "Die neue Wohnungsfrage. Gewinner und Verlierer des deutschen Immobilienbooms.” In: Macrohistory Working Paper Series

(2018) (with K. Kholodilin), “Sind Mietregulierungen das Ende der Neubautätigkeit? Ein historisch-vergleichender Blick”, ifo-Schnelldienst, November, 26-30.

(2018) (with K. Kholodilin), “Social Policy or Crowding-out? Tenant protection in comparative long-run perspective”, DIW Working Paper

                 Short German version: “Verdrängung oder Sozialpolitik? Der Effekt von Mietregulierung auf die Wohneigentumsquote”, In: Wirtschaftsdienst

                 Long German version: “Verdrängung oder Sozialpolitik? Der Effekt von Mietregulierung auf die Wohneigentumsquote”, In: DIW Wochenbericht      

(2018) “A Small History of the Homeownership Ideal” MPIfG Discussion Paper

(2018) “Comment. Why Housing Studies Still Lacks Social Theory and What to Do about It.” Housing, Theory and Society

(2017 with T. Ergen) “The Economization of Antitrust Law”, MPIfG Discussion Paper

(2017 with A. Dobeson, B. Brandl) "A Comparative Economic Sociology of Agrarian Regimes", Economic Sociology: The European Electronic Newsletter

(2017) (with T. Blackwell) “The Historical Origins of Contemporary Housing Finance Systems”, MPIfG Discussion Paper

(2017) "Book review: Housing Economics. A Historical Approach." Housing, Theory and Society:1-3.

(2016) "Mieternation Deutschland" Der Immobilienbewerter

(2016) (with A. Daoud) “How Much Do Sociologists Write About Economic Topics? Using Big Data to Test Some Conventional Views in Economic Sociology, 1890 to 2014” MPIfG Discussion Paper, 7

(2015) “Competition" In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society, edited by Frederick F. Wherry, 439-441. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

(2015) “Contracts" In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society, edited by Frederick F. Wherry, 449-450. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

(2015) (with A. Daoud) "Is there a New Economic Sociology Effect? A Topic Model on the Economic Orientation of Sociology, 1890 to 2014." Working Paper 20 (The New School for Social Research).

(2014) “Review of: Du lien marchand. Comment le marché fait société, F. Cochoy (Ed.). Presses Universitaires du Mirail, Toulouse (2012). 402 p.” In: Sociologie du travail, 3, 2014

(2014) “Suburbio” In: Diccionario del pensamiento alternativo. Buenos Aires, Biblos & Universidad de Lanús

(2013) “Book review: Münnich, Sascha (2010): Interessen und Ideen. Die Entstehung der Arbeitslosenversicherung in Deutschland und den USA”, Economic Sociology: The European Electronic Newsletter, 14:2, 77-79.

(2010) (with M. Voigtländer) "Immobilienwirtschaft in Köln/Bonn", Bedeutung und Perspektiven, IW-Köln.

(2008) (with P. Aspers) "An Economic Sociological Look at Economic Geography", Economic Sociology, European Electronic Newsletter, 9, 3-16.

(2008) (with P. Aspers) "An Economic Sociological Look at Economics", Economic Sociology, European Electronic Newsletter, 9, 5-15.

(2007) (with P. Aspers) "An Economic Sociological Look at Economic Anthropology”, Economic Sociology, European Electronic Newsletter, 9, 3-10.

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