Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

Prof. Philip S. Gorski


Portrait Philip Gorski

since 2004 Professor, Department of Sociology, Co-Director, Center for Comparative Research, Yale University

2003 - 2004 Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

since 2001 Director, Center for Comparative Social Analysis

2001 - 2003 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2001  Best Article Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (for “Historicizing the Secularization Debate”)

1996 - 2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1994 Barrington Moore Prize of the American Sociological Association for Best Article in Comparative-Historical Sociology (for “The Disciplinary Revolution”)

1988 - 1996 University of California, Berkeley: Sociology, PhD.

1983 - 1986 Harvard College: Social Studies, B.A.

1981 - 1983 Deep Springs College: General, A.A.

Function within the Center

Alumnus of the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (May 2009 until July 2009)
about the Institute for Advanced Study

Research Project „Religious America, Secular Europe? Un/Churching during the Great Transformation“

Selected Publications


The ECPRES Model: A Critical Realist Approach to Causal Mechanisms in the Social Sciences. In Björn Wittrock and Peter Hedström eds., The Frontiers of Sociology, Leiden: Brill, 2008.

(w. Ates Altinordu), After Secularization?, Annual Review of Sociology, April 2008, Vol. 34, p. 55-85.

Premodern Nationalism: An Oxymoron? The Evidence from England. In Gerard Delanty and Krishan Kumar eds., The Sage Handbook of Nations and Nationalism. New York: Russel Sage, 2006, 143-155.


(co-edited with Charles Camic and David Trubek) Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion. Stanford University Press, 2005.

The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism, Confessionalism and the Growth of State Power in in Early Modern Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Working Papers

Religious America, Secular Europe?

Religious Nationalism: What it is, Why it arises, and When it turns Violent.

Religious Nationalism: A Neo-Weberian Approach.

Beyond the Reproduction of the Reproduction Theorist: Bourdieu as a Theorist of Socio-Historical Change.

Conference Papers and Invited Talks

Formations of the Post-Secular. Conference on “Are We Living in a Post-Secular World?”, SSRC, New York City, June, 2007.

Conservative Protestantism in the United States? A Comparative and Historical Perspective. Conference on “Conservative Christians in the United States”, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City, May, 2007.

Causal Mechanisms in the Social Sciences: The ECPRES Model. Department of Sociology, Brown University, March 2007.

Religious Nationalism. Department of Sociology, Princeton University, Februrary 2007.

Religious Nationalism. Linz Symposium, Yale University, January 2007.


The Return of the Repressed (under contract at Temple UP).

Bourdieusian Theory and Historical Analysis (under contract at Duke University Press).

Liberalism, Nationalism and Civility: Religion and Politics from Winthrop to Obama (under review at Princeton University Press)