Prof. Dr. Marc Keuschnigg

Prof. Dr. Marc Keuschnigg


Soziologie mit Schwerpunkt Theorie
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 3108
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35642

Prof. Dr. Marc Keuschnigg

Prof. Dr. Marc Keuschnigg

Institute Head

Institute of Sociology
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig


Marc Keuschnigg is Professor of Sociological Theory at the University of Leipzig. He teaches Introduction to Sociology and engages students with a broad range of theory traditions in the Bachelor's program. In the Master's program, he teaches Computational Social Science and Experimental Sociology.

In addition, Keuschnigg is Associate Professor at the Institute for Analytical Sociology at Linköping University in Sweden. There, he leads research groups on cultural dynamics, spatial inequality, and computational text analysis.

Keuschnigg obtained his doctorate from the LMU Munich (2012) and his habilitation from Linköping University (2018). Before that, he was a visiting scholar in Mangalore, India.

He is Vice President of the International Network of Analytical Sociology (INAS), member of the supervisory board of the Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences (GESIS), and executive director of the Leipzig Institute for Sociology.

Professional career

  • since 10/2021
    Full Professor of Sociological Theory, Leipzig University
  • since 09/2018
    Associate Professor, The Institute of Analytical Sociology, Linköping University
  • 03/2016 - 08/2018
    Assistant Professor, The Institute of Analytical Sociology, Linköping University
  • 10/2015 - 02/2016
    Visiting Professor of Empirical Economic Sociology, Nürnberg University
  • 03/2012 - 09/2015
    Post-doc, Institute of Sociology, LMU Munich
  • 10/2010 - 12/2010
    Visiting Researcher, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, India
  • 02/2006 - 01/2012
    PhD student, Institute of Sociology, LMU Munich


  • 03/2016 - 08/2018
    Habilitation in Sociology, Linköping University
  • 02/2006 - 02/2012
    PhD in Sociology, LMU Munich
  • 10/1999 - 01/2006
    Student of Sociology and Regional Economics, LMU Munich

Panel Memberships

  • since 10/2022
    Executive Director of the Institute of Sociology, Leipzig University
  • since 12/2020
    Member of the GESIS Board of Trustees, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • since 06/2019
    Vice President of the International Network of Analytical Sociology (INAS)
  • 08/2018 - 09/2021
    Deputy Director of The Institute for Analytical Sociology, Linköping University
  • 10/2015 - 03/2017
    Head of the Experimental Laboratory MEx, Institute of Sociology, LMU Munich

Cultural dynamics

  • Social influence and diffusion
  • Collective meaning making

Social inequality

  • Cumulative advantage
  • Spatial inequality

Social norms

  • Cooperation and cohesion
  • Normative change

Research methods

  • Computational social science
  • Lab, online, field, natural experiments

The results of Marc Keuschnigg's research appear in leading sociology journals such as the European Sociological Review, Sociological Methods & Research, and Sociological Science, as well as in general interest journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Science Advances and PNAS.

His research has been awarded the Robert Merton Award (2017), the Karl Polanyi Prize (2016) and the Anatol Rapoport Prize (2014) and is regularly discussed in the media, most recently in El Pais, Financial Times, and L'Express.

  • Keuschnigg, M.; van de Rijt, A.; Bol, T.
    The plateauing of cognitive ability among top earners
    European Sociological Review. 2023.
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  • Arvidsson, M.; Lovsjö, N.; Keuschnigg, M.
    Urban scaling laws arise from within-city inequalities
    Nature Human Behaviour. 2023.
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  • Stein, J.; Keuschnigg, M.; van de Rijt, A.
    Network segregation and the propagation of misinformation
    Scientific Reports. 2023.
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  • Jarvis, B.; Keuschnigg, M.; Hedström, P.
    Analytical sociology amidst a computational social science revolution
    In: Engel, U.; Quan-Haase, A.; Liu, S. X.; Lyberg, L. (Eds.)
    London, New York: Routledge. 2022. pp. 33-52
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  • Bader, F.; Baumeister, B.; Berger, R.; Keuschnigg, M.
    On the transportability of laboratory results
    Sociological Methods & Research. 2021. 50 (3). pp. 1452-1481
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