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Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

Berthold Leibinger Fellow - Class of Spring 2020


George Steinmetz is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and a Corresponding Member of the Centre de Sociologie Européenne, in Paris. He studied at Reed College as well as in Paris and Berlin; he completed his PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steinmetz has been a tenured professor at the University of Chicago and The New School for Social Research and was a visiting professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. His books include Regulating the Social: The Welfare State and Local Politics in Imperial Germany (Princeton, 1993) and The Devil’s Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa (Chicago, 2007), which received the Barrington Moore, Jr. Award, among others. His forthcoming book is tentatively titled “Overseas: The Imperial Origins of Postwar European Sociology.” Steinmetz is also the editor of State/Culture (Cornell, 1999), The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences (Duke, 2005), and Sociology and Empire (Duke, 2013), and has published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Sociological Theory. He directed the documentary film Detroit: Ruin of a City (2012) with Michael Chanan, and his work has been supported by the NEH, Guggenheim Foundation, and German Academic Exchange Service.

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