George Steinmetz

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Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology and Germanic Languages and Literatures

Office Location(s): 4215 LSA
Phone: 734.763.1225
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Germanic Languages and Literatures, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (II), Center for Chinese Studies (II)
  • Fields of Study
    • Culture and Knowledge
    • Power, History, and Social Change
  • About

    Professor Steinmetz is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Germanic Language and Literatures at the University of Michigan and a Corresponding Member of the Centre de Sociologie européenne, Paris. He is a social theorist and a historical sociologist of states, empires, and social science. He is currently working on two main projects. The first is a reconstruction of sociology as historical socioanalysis. The second is a project on the historical sociology of sociology in Europe, North America, and postcolonial Africa. Here he looks at sociologists who have analyzed, criticized, and advised colonial and informal empires during the past 150 years. He has also worked on Germany and several of its former colonies (Namibia, Samoa, and Qingdao, China), on social policy at the local and central levels in imperial Germany, on visual sociology, and on the rise and fall of the city of Detroit.


  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1987
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Comparative and Historical Sociology, Cultural Sociology, History of Sociology and Social Thought, Political Sociology
  • Selected Publications:
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