Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Macrosociology

Dr. Linus Westheuser

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Dr. Linus Westheuser
linus.westheuser (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Makrosoziologie
Function / Working Area
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 106
Phone number
+49 (0)30 2093-66623
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

I am a postdoc researching the political sociology of inequality. With Steffen Mau and Thomas Lux, I am currently working on the 4-year project "New Inequalities, New Cleavages? A Political Sociology of Contemporary Society."

Inspired by Bourdieu's cultural class analysis and cleavage theory, my work revolves around the role of morality, identity, and class in changing political conflict structures. I am interested in the way political worldviews are shaped by unequal social relations and by the values guiding the conduct of life. Thematically, I work on social conflicts around redistribution, sustainability, migration, gender relations, and sexual liberalization; as well as on phenonema of populism and political polarization.

I did my PhD at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, working with Donatella della Porta. My thesis, which I defended in December 2021, was a mixed-methods study on class, social identity, and cleavage transformation in contemporary Germany. Assessing diagnoses of a rift between the 'old working class' and the 'new middle class', the study reconstructed milieus, moral economies, and political habitus forms of production workers and socio-cultural experts.

Before joining Humboldt, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zurich and a visiting researcher at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

For further details, see CV.




In the media:

"Die alltägliche Kritik der Arbeitenden wird nicht repräsentiert. Wohin sich dieses Gefühl politisch entwickelt, ist offen.", Jacobin Magazin:

“Welches politische Bewusstsein hat die Arbeiterschaft?” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Interview: “Das politische Denken von Arbeitern ist widersprüchlicher als es die Schlagzeilen glauben machen”, Kontrast Magazin

“Proletarier ohne Bewusstsein.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: