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Jens Beckert, Board Member and Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Jens Beckert studied Sociology and Business Economics in Berlin, New York and Princeton. He graduated with a Dr. phil.  from the Freie Universität Berlin where he also received his habilitation in 2003. From 2002 to 2003 he was Associate Professor of Sociology at the International University in Bremen and from 2003 to 2005 Professor of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. In 2005 he became Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and  joined the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of. In 2010 he was appointed Member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Professor Beckert’s research interests focus on the Role of the economy in society, especially based on studies of markets; organizational sociology; sociology of inheritance,  and sociological theory.