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Residency Dates: February 15, 2018 – August 10, 2018


Steffen Mau

Steffen Mau is Professor of Macrosociology at Humboldt University of Berlin. He works in the fields of comparative welfare research, social inequality, and European integration. He has published widely on citizens’ attitudes towards the welfare state and on the relations between welfare state institutions and public support. His work examines the impact of Europeanization on social inequalities and the emergence of new social cleavages within the European social space. He also works on the transformation of the European middle classes, border issues and migration. His most recent book analyses the quantification of the social as a new form of establishing value.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Macrosociology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University


  • Steffen Mau, Das metrische Wir. Über die Quantifizierung des Sozialen. (Berlin: edition suhrkamp, 2017).
  • Steffen Mau, Inequality, Marketization and the Majority Class. Why did the European Middle Classes accept Neoliberalism? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Steffen Mau, Lebenschancen. Wohin driftet die Mittelschicht? Berlin: edition Suhrkamp, 2012).
  • Steffen Mau, Heike Brabandt, Lena Laube and Christof Roos, Liberal States and the Freedom of Movement. Selective Borders, Unequal Mobility . (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Steffen Mau and Roland Verwiebe, European Societies. Mapping Structure and Social Change. Policy Press: Bristol, 2010).
  • Steffen Mau, Social Transnationalism. Lifeworlds beyond the Nation State . London/New York: Routledge, 2010).

Research Project

The Illusion of Meritocracy



Areas of Expertise

  • Social Inequality
  • Welfare State
  • Europeanization
  • Border Studies

Awards and Recognitions

Steffen Mau is member of the German Council for Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).