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 Researchers at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Dr. Sebastian Kohl

Dr. Sebastian Kohl
Senior Researcher
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Paulstr. 3 | 50676 Cologne | Germany
Phone: +49 221 2767-244
Fax: +49 221 2767-555


Research Interests

comparative-historical sociology; political economy; economic sociology; housing; finance; insurance; urban sociology

Selected Publications

The Origins of National Housing Finance Systems: A Comparative Investigation into Historical Variations in Mortgage Finance Regimes (with T. Blackwell). Review of International Political Economy, published online, December 5, 2017, doi: 10.1080/09692290.2017.1403358 >>more  
Homeownership, Renting and Society: Historical and Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2017 >>more  
Varieties of Economization in Competition Policy: A Comparative Analysis of German and American Antitrust Doctrines, 1960-2000 (with T. Ergen). MPIfG Discussion Paper 17/18. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, 2017 >>more  
Urban History Matters: Explaining the German–American Homeownership Gap. Housing Studies 31, 6, 694-713 (2016) >>more  
How Much Do Sociologists Write About Economic Topics? Using Big Data to Test Some Conventional Views in Economic Sociology, 1890 to 2014 (with A. Daoud). MPIfG Discussion Paper 16/7. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, 2016 >>more  
The Power of Institutional Legacies: How Nineteenth-century Housing Associations Shaped Twentieth-century Housing Regime Differences between Germany and the United States. European Journal of Sociology 56, 2, 271-306 (2015) >>more



2017-present Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
2015-2017 Researcher, Department of Sociology and the Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden
2014 Doctorate in Social Sciences, University of Cologne and Sciences Po, Paris; thesis "Homeowner Nations or Nations of Tenants? How Historical Institutions in Urban Politics, Housing Finance and Construction Set Germany, France and the US on Different Housing Paths"
2010-2015 Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and Sciences Po, Paris
2011 Magister (MA equivalent), Philosophy, University of Cologne
2009 MA, Sociology, Sciences Po, Paris
2008 Diplom (MA equivalent), Economics and Sociology, University of Cologne


Awards and Honors (Selected)

2015: Bengt Turner Award, first runner up, for the best papers presented at the annual European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) Conference  
2014: Dissertation Award for the best social science thesis, awarded by the Franco-German University

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