Editorial Board

Prof. Thomas Welskopp

Director of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Bielefeld University.
Thomas Welskopp is Professor of History of Modern Societies at the Department of History. His current research interests are comparative History of Capitalism, Industry, and Labour and Industrial Relations. His preferred areas of supervision are the History of Social Movements, Political Culture, and Political Institutions. Possible areas of supervision are also Historiography, Theoretical Problems in History and Social Theory, as well as North American History.

Prof. Ursula Mense-Petermann

Deputy Director of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Bielefeld University. Ursula Mense-Petermann is Professor of Economic Sociology and the Sociology of Work at the Faculty of Sociology. Her research focuses on the effects of processes of globalization and transnationalization on work and the economy, and currently addresses three sets of issues: (1) the transnational mobility for work,  (2) changing career patterns in the context of globalization and economic transformation, and (3) the globalization of  small and medium-sized enterprises. Her research is part of the program of the Institute for World Society Studies (IW) and consistent with the IW aim to “contribute to the understanding of the formation and development of world society.”

Prof. Jörg Bergmann

Founding Director of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Bielefeld University. Jörg Bergmann is Professor emeritus of Qualitative Methods of Empirical Social Research at the Department of Sociology at Bielefeld University.

Prof. Peter Jelavich

Professor at the Department of History, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore.

Peter Jelavich specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of Europe since the Enlightenment, with emphasis on Germany. His areas of interest include the interaction of elite and popular culture; the history of mass culture and the media; and the application of cultural and social theories to historical study.

Prof. Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen is a Ford Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Thelen is currently serving on the APSA Executive Council, and is President of the Association’s Comparative Politics Section. She served as Chair of the Council for European Studies (2002-2006), as President of the APSA Section on Politics and History (2007-2008), and as President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (2008-2009). She is Assistant General Editor for the Cambridge University Press Series in Comparative Politics, and a permanent external member of the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne, Germany. She co-chairs the "Seminar on the State and Capitalism Since 1800" with Peter A. Hall at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Thelen studies the origins, development, and effects of institutional arrangements that define distinctive “varieties of capitalism” across the developed democracies. Her most recent single-authored book on that topic is entitled Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (Cambridge University Press 2004). A subsequent book, Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies, co-edited with Wolfgang Streeck (Oxford University Press, 2005), explores the evolution of a range of political-institutional institutions in Western Europe, the United States, and Japan. Together with James Mahoney, Thelen recently completed an edited volume, Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which provides a new framework for understanding incremental forms of institutional change.