Department Staff Members

Peter Wagner

  Peter Wagner's main teaching is in the areas of social theory and comparative and historical sociology. His research focuses on comparative and historical analyses of social institutions and of the social sciences as well as on issues of social theory. His publications include A Sociology of Modernity: Liberty and Discipline (1994); The Scholar's Space: A Topography of Academic Practices (with Heidrun Friese, in German, 1993); Discourses on Society: The Shaping of the Social Science Disciplines (co-editor, 1991); Social Sciences and Modern States (co-editor, 1991); The Social Sciences and the State: France, Italy, Germany, 1870-1980 (in German, 1990). He joined the Department in January 1996 from the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and the Free University of Berlin, and has conducted research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, and the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. His current research involves a re-reading of some controversies in social and political theory by means of a confrontation with a historical sociology of modernity, and comparative studies of the building of social institutions.(Currently seconded to the European University Institute)