Professor Steinmetz is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Germanic Language and Literatures at the University of Michigan and a Corresponding Member of the Centre de Sociologie européenne, Paris. He is a social theorist and a historical sociologist of states, empires, and social science. He is currently working on two main projects. The first is a reconstruction of sociology as historical socioanalysis. The second is a project on the historical sociology of sociology in Europe, North America, and postcolonial Africa. Here he looks at sociologists who have analyzed, criticized, and advised colonial and informal empires during the past 150 years. He has also worked on Germany and several of its former colonies (Namibia, Samoa, and Qingdao, China), on social policy at the local and central levels in imperial Germany, on visual sociology, and on the rise and fall of the city of Detroit.
Click on this link to see a video of Prof. Steinmetz' lecture at the German Sociological Association meetings in 2010: http://dgs2010.de/george-steinmetz-the-imperial-entanglements-of-sociology
- The Devil's Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
- The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and its Epistemological Others, edited by George Steinmetz. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.
- "The Colonial State as a Social Field." American Sociological Review 73(4) (August 2008), pp. 589–612.
- "La sociologie historique en Allemagne et aux Etats-Unis : un transfert manqué (1930-1970)." Genèses, number 71 (June 2008), pp. 123-147.
- "Harrowed Landscapes: White Ruingazers in Namibia and Detroit and the Cultivation of Memory." Visual Studies, vol. 23, no. 3 (2008), pp. 211-237.
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