Prof. Yasemin Soysal, Ph.D.

 Yasemin Soysal
Valerie Schmidt


yasemin.soysal [at]
Lina Hayek
+49 30 25491 269
Room B 315
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D-10785 Berlin
B 402
Research Professor

Yasemin Soysal is Research Professor of Global Sociology at WZB, University Professor at the Free University of Berlin, and the Deputy Co-director and a leading Principal Investigator of the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence. Her research brings global and sociologicalinstitutional perspectives into the study of the historical development and current reconfigurations of nation-state and citizenship, with a specific interest in the diffusion, enactment, contradictions, and contestations of global cultural frameworks.

Soysal received her PhD at Stanford University, held prior academic appointments at Harvard University and the University of Essex, UK, and has been a recipient of several fellowships, including German Marshall Fund, National Academy of Education, National Endowment of Humanities, Jean Monnet EUI, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, and Niklas Luhmann Distinguished Professorship, Bielefeld.  She is a former president of the European Sociological Association.


The Future of Liberal Citizenship: The Script of Agentic Individual, Its Comparative Enactments and Contestations
Duration: since 2021

The Ecology of Individuals’ Disposition for Science Populism
Duration: 2022-2025
Funding: SCRIPTS Excellence Cluster


Completed Research Projects

Global Outlooks: Mapping the Pathways and Models of Internationalization in Higher Education
Duration: 2018-2023
Funding: British Academy

“Bright Futures”: A Comparative Survey Study of Higher Education Student Mobilities
Duration: 2016-2021
Funding: UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), German Research Foundation (DFG), and Chinese National Science Foundation (CNSF)

Schooling Success and Life-Course Expectations: A Survey Study of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Origin Youth in Spain
Duration: 2011-2016
Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness

The Nation, Region-building and Globalization: A Longitudinal and Comparative Study of School Curricula and Textbooks
Duration: 2010-2015
Funding: UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong

Rethinking Nation-state Identities in Europe
Duration: 2000-2005
Funding: UK Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy