Research Interests: Social stratification, especially educational attainment and consequences of social mobility, cultural sociology, sociology of religion, pro-social behaviour, and political sociology.
Nan Dirk de Graaf is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College and a Professor in Sociology. He joined Nuffield College in 2007. He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University (1988) and was a post-doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Education and Human Development in Berlin (1988-1989). He was a research fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy (1990-1995) and a full Professor in Sociology (also the chair of the Department) at Nijmegen University (2001-2007) and the chair of the Inter-university Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS: 2003-2007).
He is currently involved in working on a book that addresses a number of the most pressing problems facing contemporary societies, namely: corruption, environmental pollution, inequality, poverty, exhaustion of natural resources, crime, migration, the dilemmas of a multi-ethnic society, failing financials markets, and religious fundamentalists violating human rights. By adducing many recent and historical examples, we show that similar kinds of social processes can be found behind seemingly disparate societal problems, and therefore that similar kinds of explanations can be posited for these problems.
He published in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Science and West European Politics.