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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ebbinghaus 
Chair of Macrosociology
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as of January 2017:
Professor of Social Policy
Department of Social Policy & Intervention
University of Oxford

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Curriculum Vitae

Since 2004 Dr. Ebbinghaus has been Professor of Sociology (Chair of Macrosociology) at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim. In January 2017 he will move to University of Oxford as Professor of  Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy & Intervention and Senior Fellow of Green Templeton College. More Information,

Service at Mannheim: 2004-16 Professor of Sociology at University of Mannheim. From February 2008 until January 2011 he was Director of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), and he was Head of the MZES Research Department A on “European Societies and their Integration” from 2005 to 2008 and again in Spring 2014. From November 2006 to October 2009 he was Academic Director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social & Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). Prof. Ebbinghaus is project director in MZES  research area "Markets, Organisations and Welfare States" and in the  Collaborative Research Centre "Political Econonomy of Reform" (SFB 884).

Studies in sociology at the University of Mannheim 1981-1988 (M.A. 1988); Fulbright scholarship at the New School for Social Research, New York in 1984/85; post-graduate at the Institut Universitaire d´Etudes Européennes in Geneva in 1988/89. 1989-1992 DAAD scholarship at the European University Institute in Florence; defended doctoral thesis on "Labour Unity in Union Diversity: Trade Unions and Social Cleavages in Western Europe, 1890-1989" there in May 1993. 1992-1996 Lecturer in sociology at the University of Mannheim and co-ordinator (with Jelle Visser) of the international research project on trade unions at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Prior to his position in Mannheim, Ebbinghaus was from 1997 until 2003 Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), working on the research project "Welfare States and Industrial Relations in Europe: The Role of the Social Partners in Early Retirement Policy".

Visiting Fellowships: 1999/2000 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Fall 2001/02 Visiting Professor at the Industrial Relations Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. 2003/2004 Visiting Professor of Comparative Sociology at the University of Jena. Spring 2011 Visiting Professor at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Fall 2011 Visitor at WZB Berlin. 2013-16 Ebbinghaus was for three years Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg.


Publications: (with Jelle Visser), Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945, London: Macmillan, 2000; editor (with Philip Manow), Comparing Welfare Capitalism, London: Routledge, 2001; Early Retirement in Europe, Japan, and the USA, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Ed., The Varieties of Pension Governance: Pension Privatization in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Research interests include European labour relations and organized interests, European social policy and welfare-state regimes, comparative and historical methods.


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