Gerhards is professor of sociology and director of the Institute of Sociology, Free University Berlin. His research interests focus on comparative cultural sociology and sociology of European integration. His most recent publications include Cultural Overstretch? Differences Between Old and New Member States of the EU and Turkey (2007). Gerhards is currently working on two projects: \"The Language Constellation of the European Union and the Importance of Transnational Linguistic Capital\" and \"The Emergence of a European Society: Redefining the Idea of Equality in the Process of European Integration.\" He will be in residence at CES from August 2009 through January 2010.