Chair in Macrosociology
Prof. Dr. Ebbinghaus holds the Chair in Macrosociology at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim since 2004. Since 2005 he has been first for three years Head of Department A and then for three years Director of the Mannheim Centre of European Social Research (MZES). 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). In addition he was also Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg (2013-2016).
Since October 2015 Prof. Dr. Katja Möhring is Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessorin) for the Sociology of Welfare States at the School of Social Sciences. The position was previously held by J. Timo Weishaupt, Ph.D., who accepted an offer as Professor of Sociology / Social Policy at University of Göttingen, starting in February 2015.
Since Fall Semester 2013 PD Dr. Thomas Bahle work as Docent at the Chair of Macrosociology, he was previously working in research projects at MZES. Additional courses are offered by Benedikt Bender (Chair) and Dr. Nate Breznau (MZES Fellow) and further researchers in MZES and SFB projects (see course listing for details, see also former staff).
With regard to teaching the Chair in Macrosociology offers courses in comparative sociology in the B.A., Master and Ph.D. programme in sociology. In addition to the B.A. Sociology lecture and seminar courses on Germany's social structure in international comparison, the chair offers undergraduate lectures and seminars for the B.A. module "European Societies in Comparison". In the graduate programme (Master and Ph.D.) it offers seminars (in German or English) in Modul C "Economy and the Welfare State", particularly on topic in comparative welfare state research.
Research at the Chair examines the commonalities and particularities of the European "social models" in an international comparative perspective. Current research at the MZES focuses on the following topics: the role of the social partners within the reform of European welfare states, the institutional transformation of the pension systems, European labour market policies, societal acceptance of the welfare state, changes in European trade unions and the long-term development of European societies. The project on "Welfare State Reform from Belows" is part of the SFB 884 on the Political Economy of Reform.