Dr. Matthias Leanza
Assistent / PostDoc
Matthias Leanza
Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Professur Paul

Assistent / PostDoc

Petersgraben 27
4051 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 61 34

Matthias Leanza is senior lecturer (Oberassistent) in the Department of Social Sciences. He holds a Diplom in sociology from Bielefeld University (2009) and earned his doctorate in 2016 from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. University College Freiburg awarded his dissertation on the genealogy of disease prevention and biopolitics in Germany the 2017 Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2019, he was selected for a four-year junior fellowship for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University and was visiting scholar at the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) Berlin (2014) and the University of Montreal (2018). His current habilitation project is a study on the governance architecture of the German colonial empire, situated at the intersection of political sociology and imperial history. Besides this, he also publishes on social theory and the history of social thought. For a list of publications, please click here. His courses for undergraduate and graduate students cover a wide range of subjects and theoretical perspectives. Please click here for a full CV.

  • Social theory and the history of social thought
  • Historical sociology
  • Prevention, medicine, and biopolitics
  • States, empires, and colonial rule
  • German colonial history
Leanza, M. and Paul, A. T. (2021) “Kolonialismus und globale Moderne: Jenseits der Vereinfachungen”, SOZIOLOGIE. Campus, 50(2), pp. 150–165.
Leanza, M. (2020) “Prävention und gesellschaftliche Reproduktion in Zeiten von Corona”. Theorieblog.de (Theorieblog.de Politische Theorie, Philosophie und Ideengeschichte). Available at: https://www.theorieblog.de/index.php/2020/04/praevention-und-gesellschaftliche-reproduktion-in-zeiten-von-corona/.   edoc
Paul, A. T. and Leanza, M. (eds.) (2020) Comparing Colonialism: Beyond European Exceptionalism. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag (Comparativ – Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 30). doi: 10.26014/j.comp.2020.03-04.00.   edoc