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Claus Wendt

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2008-2009


Claus Wendt

Wendt is senior research fellow at the MZES at Mannheim University, Germany. He received his Ph.D. at Heidelberg University, where his thesis won the Ruprecht-Karls-Prize. Wendt’s research interests include institutional theory, international comparisons of welfare states and healthcare systems, and the sociology of health. He is co-editor of Sociology of Health (2006) and, with T.R. Marmor, is currently co-editing a book entitled Reforming Healthcare Systems (2009). He has published in International Journal of Health Services, European Review, Social Policy & Administration, and other journals. Wendt is currently working on a project that investigates changing ideas and institutions in the field of healthcare. As a Kennedy Memorial fellow, he will be in residence at CES for the 2008-2009 academic year.Recent publications:Minhas, R.; Wendt, C.; and Wierzibicki, A. (2008): Is healthcare in the United States too big to fail?, International Journal of Clinical Practice, 62, 12, 1827-1830*Wendt, C.*; Frisina, L., and Rothgang, H. (2009): Health Care System Types. A conceptual framework for comparison, Social Policy & Administration Vol. 43, No 1, 85-105.

This information was last updated for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, September 2017.


  • Visiting Scholar 2008-2009, CES, Harvard University
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2008-2009, CES, Harvard University