Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Macrosociology

Dr. Linus Westheuser

CV Linus Westheuser
Dr. Linus Westheuser
linus.westheuser (at)

Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Makrosoziologie
Function / Working Area
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 105
Phone number
+49 (0)30 2093-66625
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

I am a postdoctoral researcher collaborating with Steffen Mau and Thomas Lux on the project "New Inequalities – New Cleavages? A Political Sociology of Contemporary Societies". My work bridges political and cultural sociology, looking at the role of identity, morality, and culture in transformations of political conflict structures. Inspired by neo-Bourdieusian cultural class analysis and cleavage theory, I am interested in cultural forms that mediate between social inequalities and political divides.

I hold a PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. In my doctoral research, I mapped links between class, culture, and politics in contemporary Germany. Through Multiple Correspondence Analyses of survey data I studied how key ideological divides are rooted in social structure. Extensive in-depth interviewing allowed me to understand how diverging ideological leanings among two particularly central classes, production workers and middle class sociocultural professionals, are embedded in class-specific moral economies, social identities, and political habitus forms.

Before arriving at Humboldt, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich’s Political Science Department and a visiting researcher at the International Inequalities Institute at London School of Economics. I got both my MA and BA from Humboldt’s Social Sciences department, with visits to King’s College London and the École Normale Supérieure in Cachan.



In the media:

“Welches politische Bewusstsein hat die Arbeiterschaft?” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Interview: “Das politische Denken von Arbeitern ist widersprüchlicher als es die Schlagzeilen glauben machen”, Kontrast Magazin

“Proletarier ohne Bewusstsein.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: