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Herbert Kalthoff

Visiting Scholar 2021-2022 (Spring 2022)


Herbert Kalthoff

Herbert Kalthoff is a professor of sociology at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He is a speaker at the Research Center of Social and Cultural Studies, a member of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1482) on ‘Human Categorization’ at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and co-editor of Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ZfS).

Kalthoff's work currently focuses on the cultures of academic evaluation, especially within the fields of history and engineering.

Kalthoff received his Ph.D. from Bielefeld University with a focus on elite boarding schools in Germany. He received a Habilitation from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) with a study on the practice of representation and calculation in banking.


  • Professor of Sociology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Academic judgement: Students' performance and their evaluation.



Areas of Expertise

  • Sociology of Knowledge and Education
  • Theories of Practices and Materialities
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Select Publications

Kalthoff, Herbert, and Kornelia Engert. “Universitäre Bewertung. Die Geschichtswissenschaft Und Die Einsätze Ihrer Mitglieder.” Organisation und Bewertung, 2021, 239–70.

Kalthoff, Herbert, and Tobias Röhl. “Bildungsorganisationen Und Ihre Sozio-Technischen Innovationen.” Handbuch Innovationsforschung, 2021, 649–65.

Kalthoff, Herbert, Jutta Wiesemann, Jochen Lange, and Tobias Roehl. “The Meaning of Things. Didactic Objects and the Implementation of Educational Theory.” Pedagogy, Culture & Society 28, no. 2 (2019): 281–98.