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Katharina Sass

Postdoctoral fellow
  • E-mailKatharina.Sass@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 96 81+47 401 65 730
  • Visitor Address
    Sosiologisk institutt, Rosenbergsgaten 39
    Bergen
    Room 
    211
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

Research field

My postdoctoral project is about the politics of educational expansion in Norway, Germany, England and France. In particular, I am interested in the prolongation of compulsory schooling, in girls' educational expansion and in state-church relations in education politics. I examine critical periods of educational reform from WWII until today.

My PhD-project consisted of a comparison of lower secondary education reforms in Norway and Germany during the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on comprehensive school reforms. In my thesis, I analyze debates and power struggles around the reforms, focusing on collective actors such as political parties and teachers' organizations, their power resources, ideology, coalitions and conflicts. I defended my thesis in June 2018. The title is "Cleavages and Coalitions. Comprehensive School Reforms in Norway and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany (1954-1979)".

My research fields and interests are comparative-historical sociology, sociology of education and education politics, and more generally, comparative political economy. I have also done comparative-historical research on prostitution politics and on labor unions, with a focus on Scandinavia.

Selected publications
  • Sass, Katharina. 2015. Understanding comprehensive school reforms: Insights from comparative-historical sociology and power resources theory. European Educational Research Journal. 14: 240-256. doi: 10.1177/1474904115590055
  • Sass, Katharina. 2014. Cornelia Heintze, 2013: Die Straße des Erfolgs. Rahmenbedingungen, Umfang und Finanzierung kommunaler Dienste im deutsch-skandinavischen Vergleich. Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag. WSI-Mitteilungen. 67: 322-324.
  • Sass, Katharina. 2014. How to sit on Two Sides of the Table? Swedish and Norwegian Unions’ Approaches to Representative Worker Participation during the 20th Century. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies. 4: 79-98.

I am currently teaching the MA module SOS322 (Work, Class and Education) and a module on education politics that is part of the BA module SOS100 (Introduction to Sociology). In Spring 2020, I will be teaching SOS108 (Education and Society).

Books
  • Sass, Katharina. 2017. Mythos "Sexarbeit". Argumente gegen Prostitution und Sexkauf. PapyRossa Verlag. 159 pages. ISBN: 978-3-89438-648-1.
Journal articles
  • Sass, Katharina. 2016. Bestraft die Freier! Der Erfolg der skandinavischen Sexkaufverbote. Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. 2: 113-120.
  • Sass, Katharina. 2015. Understanding comprehensive school reforms: Insights from comparative-historical sociology and power resources theory. European Educational Research Journal. 14: 240-256. doi: 10.1177/1474904115590055
  • Sass, Katharina. 2014. Cornelia Heintze, 2013: Die Straße des Erfolgs. Rahmenbedingungen, Umfang und Finanzierung kommunaler Dienste im deutsch-skandinavischen Vergleich. Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag. WSI-Mitteilungen. 67: 322-324.
  • Sass, Katharina. 2014. How to sit on Two Sides of the Table? Swedish and Norwegian Unions’ Approaches to Representative Worker Participation during the 20th Century. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies. 4: 79-98.
Reports and theses
  • Sass, Katharina. 2018. Cleavages and Coalitions. Comprehensive School Reforms in Norway and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany (1954-1979). University of Bergen. 414 pages.
Book sections
  • Sass, Katharina. 2017. Gewalttat Sexkauf. Was wir über die Nachfrager der Prostitution wissen. Kapittel 2, pages 39-61. In:
    • Sass, Katharina. 2017. Mythos "Sexarbeit". Argumente gegen Prostitution und Sexkauf. PapyRossa Verlag. 159 pages. ISBN: 978-3-89438-648-1.
  • Sass, Katharina. 2017. Einführung. Über Geschichte und Gegenwart der Prostitutionspolitik. Kapittel 1, pages 7-38. In:
    • Sass, Katharina. 2017. Mythos "Sexarbeit". Argumente gegen Prostitution und Sexkauf. PapyRossa Verlag. 159 pages. ISBN: 978-3-89438-648-1.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Katharina Sass (2016): Bestraft die Freier! Der Erfolg der skandinavischen Sexkaufverbote, in: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, 2/16, pp. 113-120.

Katharina Sass (2015): Understanding comprehensive school reforms: Insights from comparative-historical sociology and power resources theory, in: European Educational Research Journal (online), 14(3-4), pp. 240-256.

Katharina Sass (2014): How to sit on Two Sides of the Table? Swedish and Norwegian Unions’ Approaches to Representative Worker Participation during the 20th Century, in: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 4(3), pp. 79-98.

Book Review by Katharina Sass in WSI-Mitteilungen (4/2014):Cornelia Heintze, 2013: Die Straße des Erfolgs. Rahmenbedingungen, Umfang und Finanzierung kommunaler Dienste im deutsch-skandinavischen Vergleich. Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag.  

Katharina Sass (2014): History, agency, structure and objectivity in the work of Max Weber and Antonio Gramsci. Philosophy of Science Essay, June 2014, University of Bergen, Department of Sociology.

Katharina Sass (2012): Die gewerkschaftliche Organisation in Norwegen und Schweden. Berufspartikularismus und Betriebsdemokratie als Organisationsprobleme. Diplomarbeit im Fach Soziologie. Universität zu Köln.