Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 2002
    Studied economics, political science, sociology and law at Mainz University, Heidelberg University and Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2002
    Diplom degree in economics, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 2002
    Diplom degree political science, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 2002 – 2005
    Doctoral student in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Markets and social systems in Europe", at the University of Bamberg, Germany

  • 2003
    Visiting Research Fellow (German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD) at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

  • 2004
    Marie Curie Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick, UK

  • 2005
    Doctorate in sociology at the University of Bamberg

  • 2005 – 2007
    Research associate, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany

  • 2007 – 2009
    Postdoc, researcher and assistant professor in the DFG Research Training Group "Markets and social systems in Europe", and under the Chair in sociology II (Prof. Richard Münch), at the University of Bamberg

  • 2009 – 2014
    Schumpeter Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, Head of the junior research group "Sustainability and financial markets – institutional arrangements and patterns of perception"

  • 2009 – 2012
    Assistant professor of economic sociology / sociology of financal markets, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

  • 2012
    Visiting fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (January to July)

  • Since 2012
    Senior Academic Affiliate at the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions, University of California, San Diego

  • Since 2012
    Full Professor (W3), Sociology of Markets, Organizations and Governance, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Selected publications

  • Hiß, S./ Nagel, S. (2012): Ratingagenturen zwischen Krise und Regulierung. Baden-Baden, Nomos.

  • Hiß, S. (2012): Konfligierende Rationalitäten – wie Nachhaltigkeit die Rationalitätsordnung des Finanzmarktes irritiert. In: Engels, A./ Knoll, L. (Hg.): Wirtschaftliche Rationalität: Soziologische Perspektiven. Wiesbaden, SpringerVS: 85-107.

  • Hiß, S./ Rona-Tas, A. (2011): Wie entstehen Preise? Zur Lösung des Bewertungsproblems auf dem Markt für Ratingurteile strukturierter Finanzprodukte. In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie 21(4): 469-494.

  • Rona-Tas, A., Hiß, S. (2011): Forecast as Valuation: The Role of Ratings and Predictions in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis in the U.S. In: Beckert, J., Aspers, P. (eds.): The Worth of Goods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 223-246.

  • Hiß, S. (2011): Globale Finanzmärkte und nachhaltiges Investieren. In: Groß, M. (ed.): Handbuch Umweltsoziologie, pp. 651-670. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

  • Rona-Tas, A., Hiß, S.: The Role of Ratings in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis: The Art of Corporate and the Science of Consumer Credit Rating. Special issue on "Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis". Von Lounsbury, M., Hirsch, P. (eds.): Research in the Sociology of Organizations 30A, 2010. pp. 111-152.

  • Rona-Tas, A., Hiß, S.: Das Kreditrating von Verbrauchern und Unternehmen und die Subprime-Krise in den USA mit Lehren für Deutschland. In: Informatik-Spektrum 33(3), 2010. pp. 241-261.

  • Hiß, S.: Corporate Social Responsibility - Innovation oder Tradition? Zum Wandel der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung von Unternehmen. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik 10(3), 2009. pp. 287-303.

  • Hiß, S.: From Implicit to Explicit Corporate Social Responsibility - Institutional Change as a Fight for Myths. In: Business Ethics Quarterly 19(3), 2009. pp. 433-451.

  • Hiß, S.: Corporate Social Responsibility - Über die Durchsetzung von Stakeholder-Interessen im Shareholder-Kapitalismus. In: Berliner Debatte Initial 18(4), 2007. pp. 6-15.

  • Hiß, S.: Warum übernehmen Unternehmen gesellschaftliche Verantwortung? Ein soziologischer Erklärungsversuch. Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2006.

  • Hiß, S.: Does Corporate Social Responsibility Need Social Capital? In: Journal of Corporate Citizenship 23, 2006. pp. 81-91.

Selected projects

  • Junior research group "Sustainability and financial markets – institutional arrangements and patterns of perception" (Schumpeter Fellowship), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, 2009 – 2014

  • Research project "Institutionalization of public interests in private corporations", funded by Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, 2011 – 2013

  • Network project "Institutional Change in the Regulation of Financial Markets", organised by Prof. Renate Mayntz, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, 2010 – 2011

  • Research project "Rating agencies in crisis", funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation, 2010 – 2011

  • Scientific network "The political economy of global financialisation processes", funded by the DFG, 2009 – 2011

  • Research project "Consumer and Corporate Credit Ratings and the Subprime Crisis in the U.S. with Some Lessons for Germany" (with Akos Rona-Tas, University of California, San Diego, USA), 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Spokesperson of the Doctorate College "Zeitstrukturen des Sozialen. Kontinuität und Diskontinuität gesellschaftlicher Entwicklungen in der Moderne" (time and society. continuity and discontinuity in the development of modern societies), University of Jena, since 2010

  • Member of the Jena Graduate School "Human Behavior in Social and Economic Change", since 2009


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