Short Biography

Studied Political Sciences, Sociology and Law at Frankfurt/Main, Southampton and Paris .
1996 PhD in political science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main.
1997-2006 assistant professor of sociology at Wuppertal University [click here].
2001 visiting fellow at Goldsmiths College ( London ).
2003 visiting fellow at New York University .
Since 2002 research fellow at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt/Main [click here].
2007 Heisenberg-Fellowship from the German Science Foundation (DFG) [click].

Current research project

"Report on social implications of predictive genetic testing" (together with Prof. Dr. Regine Kollek, sponsered by the Federal Association of Local Health Funds (AOK-Bundesverband)

Partner in the PRIVILEGED project (»Determining the Ethical and Legal Interests in Privacy and Data Protection for Research Involving the Use of Genetic Databases and Bio-banks«, funded by the European Commission. [click]

Research interests

Social and political theory, sociology of organization, biopolitics, social studies of genetic and reproductive technologies.

Activities and memberships

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal »Foucault Studies« [click]
  • Co-editor of »Distinktion. Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory« [click]
  • Member of the German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie: DGS) and the sections on »cultural sociology« and »studies of science and technology«
  • Member of the International Sociological Association (ISA), the Research Committees »Sociological Theory« and »Sociology of Science and Technology« and the Working Group »The Body in the Social Sciences«