Markus S. Schulz, USA

RC02 – RC07 – RC09 – RC14 – RC16 – RC20 – RC23 – RC47 – RC48 – RC56

Markus earned his PhD at the New School for Social Research’s Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science in New York City, following studies at the Freie and the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His research focuses on globalization, new media, collective action, social imagination, and democratization. Markus is a passionate teacher who has taught at New York University, CUNY, Virginia Tech, University of Illinois, Bauhaus University of Weimar, and is currently teaching at the New School. In 2017, he was appointed Associate Research Director at FMSH in Paris, and was also a visiting researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Studies at UNTREF in Buenos Aires.

Markus co-authored the six-volume book series on Internet and Politics in Latin America (Frankfurt: Vervuert, 2003; vol. 1: German/Spanish). Among his articles in English are “Collective Action across Borders: Opportunity Structure, Network Capacity and Communicative Praxis in the Age of Advanced Globalization” (Sociological Perspectives 41:3); “Structured Modes of Interplay and the Modeling of Digital Futures” (ISA Handbook of Contemporary Sociology); “Debating Futures: Global Trends, Alternative Visions, and Public Discourse” (International Sociology 31:1). Markus served as guest-editor of the Current Sociology monographs on Values and Culture (2011) and on Future Moves (2015). He is also the founding curator of the WebForum

Markus won for his work international recognition, including the ISA’s Bielefeld Prize for the Internationalization of Sociology, the Eastern Sociological Society’s Candace Rogers Award, and the American Sociological Association Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict’s Elise Boulding Award.

Organizational experience:  Markus knows the challenges (and opportunities!) of RCs and NAs from the ground up. He joined ISA in 1998 and has since served actively in numerous functions: President of RC07, Board Member of RC48, RC Program Coordinator for previous World Congresses (Durban, Gothenburg) and interim conferences (Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Kyoto). Within RC07, he has edited newsletters, designed the first RC-wide e-submission system, and chaired numerous task forces during a period in which it grew from one of the smallest to one of the largest RCs. He was invited member of the ISA Program Committee for the World Congress in Yokohama. Since 2014, Markus served as ISA’s Vice-President for Research (2014-18) and President of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology, held in Vienna 2016.


  1. Promote the ISA and its full range of constituents and scientific endeavors.
  2. Foster scholarly exchange and collaboration between RCs, WGs, and TGs and across countries, regions, linguistic traditions, and theoretical perspectives.
  3. Expand opportunities for comparative, cross-/transnational, and global research.
  4. Strengthen diversity and inclusiveness, especially of underrepresented groups, which is not only a matter of fairness but also crucial for the pursuit of scholarly excellence.
  5. Use the ISA platform for fund-raising to help increase participation of students and scholars from economically disadvantaged countries as well as research initiatives and meetings of RC/WG/TGs and NAs.
  6. Build on and collaboratively develop the programs for junior sociologists, including follow-up programs for past PhD Lab participants.
  7. Encourage special sessions with translation to bridge the discourses of different languages.
  8. Enhance organizational efficiency, transparency, community-building, and institutional learning.
  9. Draw on RC/WG/TGs and NAs deep experience and provide room for deliberation about ISA’s broader goals and long-term strategic vision for tackling global sociology’s future tasks, as well as grounds-up exchange of best practices.
  10. Employ user-friendly technologies for event organization, publication, data-sharing, and especially grounds-up collaboration and community-building.
  11. Support the public engagement of our members at local, national, regional, and global levels, so that the insights of empirical research, theoretical analysis, and sociological imagination are broadly shared in the ongoing struggles of our unequal world.


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