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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. doi: 10.19154/njwls.v4i3.4182

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).

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Cleavage structures and school politics: a Rokkanian comparative-historical analysis. History of Education. 636-660.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Bestraft die Freier! Der Erfolg der skandinavischen Sexkaufverbote. Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. 113-120.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Understanding comprehensive school reforms: Insights from comparative-historical sociology and power resources theory. European Educational Research Journal. 240-256.
  • Show author(s) 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. 79-98.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2017. Cleavages and coalitions. Comprehensive school reforms in Norway and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany, 1954-1979.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Comprehensive School Reforms in Norway, 1954-1979, Lecture at the Berlin Social Science Center (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB).
  • Show author(s) 2015. Comprehensive School Reforms in Norway and Germany, 1954-1979.
Book review
  • Show author(s) 2020. Prostitution als NS-Kriegsmittel. Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Cornelia Heintze, 2013: Die Straße des Erfolgs. Rahmenbedingungen, Umfang und Finanzierung kommunaler Dienste im deutsch-skandinavischen Vergleich. Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag. WSI-Mitteilungen. 322-324.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) 2017. Mythos "Sexarbeit". Argumente gegen Prostitution und Sexkauf. PapyRossa Verlag.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Katharina Sass (2020): Cleavage structures and school politics: a Rokkanian comparative-historical analysis, in: History of Education, 49 (5), pp. 636-660, https://doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2020.1747645

Katharina Sass (2018). Sass, Katharina. Cleavages and Coalitions. Comprehensive School Reforms in Norway and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany (1954-1979). University of Bergen 2018 (ISBN 978-82-308-3747-4) 414 s.

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.