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Stephen Kalberg

Stephen Kalberg is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Boston University where he occasionally teaches courses in sociological theory and comparative political cultures. He is the author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology; The Social Thought of Max Weber; Searching for the Spirit of American Democracy: Max Weber’s Analysis of a Unique Political Culture; Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology Today; and Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations: A Reconstruction. He is also the editor of Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity, co-editor (with Said Arjomand) of From World Religions to Axial Civilizations and Beyond, and the translator of Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Kalberg has written numerous articles that compare aspects of German and American societies. He is currently investigating the unique cultural origins of the American civic sphere


  • Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Boston University
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University