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I work as a sociologist at the Universität Leipzig, where I obtained a doctorate in 2010 and completed my habilitation in 2018. My primary research interest is theoretical sociology. This encompasses classic topoi in social theory such as the problems of double contingency and social order, the theory of social action, and social norms and institutions. With my writings I try to bridge the gap between formal accounts in social science and mainstream sociology. That is, on the one hand I attempt to prove that there is much more in classic sociology in terms of substantive ideas than has been recognized hitherto by the model-building community. On the other hand I strive to convince fellow sociologists that embracing positivistic methods does not put sociology's identity at risk. Next to groundwork in social theory, I also work empirically on more applied subjects such social exchange, collective action, and educational decision-making. My papers have appeared in technical journals in both sociology and economics (e.g. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Social Networks, Social Choice and Welfare) as well as leading outlets for general sociology (e.g. Sociological Science, Zeitschrift für Soziologie).
Currently my research is focussed on two topics: On the one hand I am working on a more integrative theory of social action which draws upon new sociological action theory, dual process theories from cognitive psychology as well as new bounded rationality. This project also involves experimental investigations of the cognitive foundations of game theory, which are funded by the German Research Foundation.
On the other hand I study the effects of social stratification on prosocial behavior. This project revolves around the integration of experimental tasks in representative surveys, which will be conducted in selected countries to account for cultural effects on the status-prosociality nexus. The Swiss National Science Foundation and the German Research Foundation fund this research. The project is also supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which granted me a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship to work at the Universität Bern and the University of Warwick.