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Bernd Wurpts studied from 2004 to 2010 at the University of Leipzig in the Master's program (Magister artium) sociology as major subject together with psychology and communication and media studies (KMW) as minors. During his graduate studies, he spent an academic year at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA), with Fulbright travel grant. Back in Leipzig, Bernd started his master's thesis, which he wrote in English on social networks and social capital in the search for dentists. The Institute of German Dentists (IDZ) published a shortened version in German language in 2011. Broad coverage in the dental press followed together with an invited smaller article. In the same year, 2011, Bernd started a Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA), for further qualification. In Seattle, Bernd wrote his comprehensive exam in the subfield economic sociology. Methodically, he worked with modern computer programs such as R to analyze various types of data and expanded his range of quantitative methods - among others - to modern methods of social network analysis.

In his dissertation, Bernd focused on the historical subject of the medieval Hansa (alternately known as Hanse or Hanseatic League). He studied the Hanse case in detail, collected primary data from historical sources and digitized them for modern data analysis. In August 2018, he defended his dissertation titled "Networks into Institutions or Institutions into Networks? Evidence from the Medieval Hansa". A dissertation abstract is located at Bernd Wurpts Dissertation Abstract. A first article that comes out of this dissertation appeared in the journal Social Science History in spring 2018. Since September 2018, Bernd has been working as Oberassistent (postdoc) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lucerne.



Curriculum Vitae Bernd Wurpts, PhD


Research Interests

  • Comparative Historical Sociology
  • Economic Sociology
  • Organizations
  • Social Networks
  • Theory