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Mathis Ebbinghaus

DPhil in Sociology

My research interests are in political sociology. I am particularly interested in the causes and consequences of extraordinary social action, such as protest or prosocial behaviour. Some of my current research projects are about the Black Lives Matter protests, student activism in the 1960s and the rescue of Jews in Nazi occupied Europe. I also work on theories of extraordinary social action.

Prior to the DPhil in Sociology at Nuffield, I completed an MSc in Sociology, also at the University of Oxford. Before, I worked as a research assistant at the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB) and earned a dual bachelor’s degree jointly taken at Sciences Po Paris and the Free University of Berlin. For my studies I received scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). My doctoral project is jointly funded by Nuffield College and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP Studentship). I am also receipient of a doctoral scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. 

I have taught undergraduates for the BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and History & Politics and graduate students for the MSc in Sociology and the MPhil in Demography. As Lecturer in Politics at Regent's Park College, I teach a range of papers covering politics and sociology.