Dr. Barbara Sutter

Lecturer (Akademischer Rat) / Head of Sociology Department

Sociology of Science

Barbara Sutter studied social sciences and philosophy at Goethe University Frankfurt. She received her doctorate in sociology at University of Basel and was a research assistant in interdisciplinary projects on nature and culture of volition, control and responsibility (funded by VW Foundation) as well as in a project on “Images of Death” (LMU, funded by DFG). She was a visiting researcher at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. Since September 2013 she is lecturer (Akademische Rätin) and head of the sociology section at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair in Sociology of Science at Technical University of Munich.

  • Transformations of the Social and Genealogy of political Rationalities
  • Sociology of Social Sciences
  • Politics of participation and responsibilization


  • Mit Maasen, S. (2016): Dezentraler Panoptismus: Subjektivierung unter technosozialen Bedingungen im Web 2.0, in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Historische Sozialwissenschaft, 42 (1), 175-194.
  • Sutter, B. (2015): Der Wille zur Gesellschaft. Bürgerschaftliches Engagement und die Transformation des Sozialen, Konstanz: UVK.
  • Sutter, B. (2012): „Wissenschaftssoziologie der Soziologie“, in: Maasen, Sabine; Kaiser, Mario; Reinhart, Martin; Sutter, Barbara (Hrsg.): Handbuch Wissenschaftssoziologie, Wiesbaden: VS, S. 429-441.
  • mit Maasen, S. (eds) (2007): On Willing Selves. Neoliberal Politics vis-à-vis the Neuroscientific Challenge, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

→ Current Courses


  • General Sociology
  • Empirical Social Research Methods
  • Political Sociology, Media Sociology, Sociology of Consumption
  • Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
  • 2009/2010 Grant for Young Researchers (Swiss National Science Foundation)