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/professor at the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) Berlin, (2014), the University of Montreal (2018), the University of Virginia (2021), and the University of Michigan (2022). His current habilitation project is a study on the governance architecture of the German colonial empire, situated at the intersection of political and historical sociology. 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.
Main Areas of Work
- Social theory and the history of social thought
- Historical sociology
- Prevention, medicine, and biopolitics
- States, empires, and colonial rule
- German colonial history