Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Macrosociology

Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau

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Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau
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Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Makrosoziologie
Function / Working Area
Professor / Chairholder /
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 103
Phone number
+49 (0) 30 2093-66620 (Secretary) -66622 (DW)
+49 (0) 30 2093-66621
Consultation hours
Next consultation hour (only by appointment):
Mon, 8.7., 18-19 (online)
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Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Professor of Macrosociology (W3), Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Macrosociology, Social Inequality, Comparative Welfare State Research, Political Sociology, Europeanization, Transnationalization, Sociology of Borders, Digitalization



  • 1998-2001 Ph. D. student at European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Department of Political and Social Science (SPS), Dr. rer. pol., Dissertation “The Moral Economy of Welfare States. Britain and Germany Compared” (Supervisors: Prof. Richard Breen, Prof. Colin Crouch, Prof. Stephan Leibfried, Prof. Karl Ulrich Mayer)
  • 1991-1997 Studies in Sociology and Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, Diploma in Sociology (final grade: very good)



  • Since 04/2015 Professor of Macrosociology (W3), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 07/2005-03/2015 Professor of Political Sociology and Comparative Social Research (W2/from 2009 W3), Universität Bremen
  • 09/2003-06/2005 Junior Professor of Social Policy, Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS), Universität Bremen
  • 09/2003-09/2009 Coordinator of the Research Field “Welfare State Transformation”, Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS), Universität Bremen
  • 04/2001-08/2003 Researcher in the Junior Research Group “Interdisciplinary Social Justice Research” at the Department of Social Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Head: Professor Stefan Liebig); Lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 09/1997-08/1998 Researcher, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Department “Social Change, Institutions and Mediation”, Unit “Social Structure and Social Reporting” (Head: Professor Wolfgang Zapf)



  • 02/1990-08/1990 Unskilled male nurse at the municipal retirement home Rostock
  • 1988-1990 Military service at the National People’s Army (NVA) (radio operator)
  • 1985-1988 Apprenticeship (including secondary school graduation) as electrician at VEB Schiffselektronik Rostock (SER), afterwards scientific-technical employee at the research and development department
  • 35. Polytechnical secondary school in Rostock



  • 2023 Award „Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie“
  • 2023 Communicator Award – Science Award of the Donors’ Association and German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG)
  • 2023 Schader Award (Schader Foundation) 
  • 2021 1st Prize of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the best German-language social science article 2020 for the article: Steffen Mau /Thomas Lux/Fabian Gülzau (2020): Die drei Arenen der neuen Ungleichheitskonflikte. Eine sozialstrukturelle Positionsbestimmung der Einstellungen zu Umverteilung, Migration und sexueller Diversität. In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie.
  • Since 2021 Member of the Academia Europaea
  • 2021 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG)

  • 2020/21 Mercator Fellowship (Mercator Foundation, 6 months)

  • 2/2018-7/2015 Visiting Fellow at the Center for European Studies (CES), Harvard University
  • 10/2016-2/2017 Funding within the funding line “Creating Opportunities”, Excellence Initiative, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 8/2011 Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA)
  • 12/2010 Professeur invité, Centre d’études européennes. Sciences Po Paris
  • 2010 Alfred Grosser Guest Professorship, Sciences Po Paris (declined)
  • 10/2009-2/2010 Guest Fellow, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Department of Social Inequality and Social Integration (Director Prof. Jens Alber)
  • 08/2006-10/2006 Karl W. Deutsch Guest-Professorship at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • 09/2005 Guest-Professorship within the program “The Political Economy of Welfare States” (Coordinator: Prof. Stefan Svallfors), University of Umea/Sweden
  • 2004 Guest Lecturer, International University Bremen (IUB, now Jacobs University)
  • 01/2000-05/2000 Erasmus grant for a stay at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • 2000-2001 Third Year Grant, European University Institute (EUI), Florence
  • 1998-2000 PhD-Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), European University Institute (EUI), Florence
  • 1998-1999 Participation, European Forum, Robert-Schuman-Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) Florence “Recasting the European Welfare States: Actors, Constrains, Options”
  • 1994-1995 DAAD-Fellowship, University of Bristol (UK), Departments of Social Policy and Sociology



  • 2022/23 Member of the working group „Zukunft der Arbeit“, BBAW and Leopoldina

  • Since 9/2022 Jury member for the decision on the location of the Centre for German Unity and European Integration
  • 2022-2024 Jury member „Ulrike Crespo Literaturpreis für kritische Kurztexte“
  • Since 9/2022 Kohli Foundation for Sociology, Board of Trustees (Deputy Chair)
  • Since 2022 Council member of the Cologne Journal of Sociology and Social Psychology (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie -KZfSS)
  • Since 2021 Editorial Board „European Societies”
  • Since 3/2021 Advisory council Legatum e.V. (non-profit association with the aim of supporting talented young people from the newly-formed German states in their academic and professional careers)
  • Since 2/2021 Member of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Social Cohesion (Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt – FGZ)
  • Since 1/2021 Member of the Council of Experts on Integration and Migration (Sachverständigenrat Integration und Migration – SVR)
  • Since 10/2020 Advisory Board “Beyond Borders” PhD Program ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
  • Since 11/2018 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (social science class)
  • Since 9/2018 Editorial Board: Global Perspectives
  • Since 8/2018 Co-editor Leviathan Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft
  • Since 10/2016 Member of the University Council of the Land of Brandenburg (official appointment by the Minister President)
  • 2016 Evaluator for the foundation Stiftung Mercator for the review of the Dahrendorf Forum (Hertie School of Governance and LSE)
  • 2015/2016 Member of the “Forum Exzellenzinitiative”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2015-2017 Member of the Advisory Board for the evaluation of the funding program for humanities and social sciences (2012-2017), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 2014/2015 Co-initiator, SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, Universität Bremen
  • Since 5/2014 Member of the International Advisory Board of the journal “Politiche Sociali/Social Policies” (Italy)
  • Since 11/2013 Member of the Advisory Board of LIVEWHAT: Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences, EU FP 7 Project (2013-2015)
  • Since 4/2013 Advisory Board of the project “Vermögen in Deutschland. Status quo-Analysen und Perspektiven” (Hans-Böckler- Stiftung) (Heads: Prof. Hendrik Enderlein/Hertie School of Governance, Prof. Gert G. Wagner/DIW, Dr. Markus Grabka/DIW, 2013-2015)
  • 2013-2017 Member of the Council of the German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • 2013 Member of the Expert Group for the evaluation of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG), Universität Göttingen
  • 2012-2018 Member of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) (appointed by the German Federal President)
    Working Groups: Committee for Research Buildings (2012-2017), Research-Oriented Evaluation of Research Infrastructures for a National Roadmap (2012/13), Evaluation of the National Education Panel (NEPS) (2013/13), Development of the University of Cooperative Education Saxony (Berufsakademie Sachsen) (2013/2014, chair), Working Group “Careers within Science” (2014), Working Group “Qualification of Skilled Labour under Conditions of Demographic Change” (since 2013, chair since 2015), Evaluation of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) (2014), Ad-hoc Group “Sciences and Societal Challenges” (2014), Research Committee (since 2015), Evaluation of the Institute for Social Research Frankfurt (Frankfurter Institut für Sozialforschung – IfS) (2015/16), Working Group for the strategic extension of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Mannheim/Köln (2015/16 chair), Appraisal Gender Studies 2021-2023)
  • Since 11/2011 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board “Sociologia dei fenomeni politici”, Collana Franco Angeli, Italy
  • 6/2011-10/2014 Member of the Board Section “Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis”, German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • 2011-2014 Member of the Advisory Board “EUROCROSS - Crossing Borders Making Europe”, EU 7th Framework Project (Coordinator: Ettore Recchi),
  • 2011-2015 Chair, European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet), Co-Chair Trudie Knijn, Host of the ESPAnet-Secretary in Bremen (2011-2015)
  • Since 2/2011 Member of the International Expert Council in Sociology for the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow
  • 2011-2014 Member of the Editorial Board “Social Forces. International Journal of Social Research” (Editor: Arne Kalleberg)
  • 2011-2014, 2019-2020 Mentor in the Berlin ProFiL-Programme (Professionalization of Women in Research and Teaching)
  • 2010/11 Jury Member, Journal of European Social Policy/ESPAnet Doctoral Researcher’s Prize
  • Since 5/2010 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • 2009-2013 Member of the Program Group for the Evaluation of Familiy Policies in Germany by Prognos AG on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • 2009 External Member of the Selection Committee, Fellowship URGE-Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin/Italien)
  • 2007-2009 Chair of the Advisory Board for the DAAD-Professorship “International Comparative Studies” (BIGSSS, Bremen in collaboration with Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg – Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst)
  • 2008-2010 Chair in the German Section of ESPAnet (European Network for Social Policy Analysis)
  • 2006-2015 Member of the ESPAnet Board (European Network for Social Policy Analysis)


Reviewing Activities (amongst others)

Berliner Journal für Soziologie, British Journal of Sociology, European Societies, European Sociological Review, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Scandinavian Political Studies, Social Forces, Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Verlage (Ashgate, Palgrave, Routledge), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), European Science Foundation (ESF)