Wolfgang Aschauer

Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies in the US

Home Institution
University of Salzburg
Host Institution
Harvard University
February 1, 2020–May 31, 2020

Wolfgang Aschauer is a sociologist, psychologist, and communication scientist and works as an associate professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg (Division of Sociology and Cultural Science). In 2015 he received his habilitation in sociology, completing an extensive monograph entitled The Societal Malaise of EU-citizens, which was published in German by Springer in 2017. An extended article in English concerning his research can be downloaded on his webpage (see below). His main research areas are challenges of social integration in Western societies. He conducted a lot of studies on ethnocentrism, social inclusion, and wellbeing as well as on integration dynamics concerning immigrants. A study on the dynamics of ethnocentrism in European regions was published recently in the journal European Societies.

Wolfgang was also coordinator of the research network 21 ("Quantitative Methods") of the European Sociological Association from 2015 to 2019 and has long been working on substantial improvements concerning quantitative methodology in cross-national surveys. His understanding of practising sociology is to address the most pressing issues of contemporary societal developments, to learn from interdisciplinary approaches, and to promote theory-guided research with an open view towards the broad variety of methods in the social sciences.