Prof. Matthias Koenig

Human rights, migration, religion, sociological theory, world society
Prof. Matthias Koenig

Matthias Koenig is full professor of sociology/sociology of religion at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Having studied at the Universities of Hamburg, Princeton (USA), and Marburg and having worked at UNESCO’s division of social sciences, Paris, he holds a Master and a Doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Marburg as well as a habilitation in sociology from the University of Bamberg, Germany.

Before joining the University of Göttingen in 2006, Koenig held teaching positions at the Universities of Marburg and Bamberg and, as guest professor, at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE-Sorbonne) in Paris. In 2010-2011, he held the Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair (DAAD) for German and European Studies at the University of Toronto; he was also Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He received several research grants and scholarships from the DAAD, the Volkswagen Foundation, and Era-Net/NORFACE and was member of the Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW). He is editorial board member of the journals Diversities, Social Compass, and Sociologie et sociétés, and advisory board member of the Zeitschrift für Soziologie and the Institute for World Society Studies (Bielefeld). Matthias Koenig is currently Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity.


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen – Institute of Sociology

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen

+49 (0)551 39 7232


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