Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Frank Ettrich

Professor for the Analysis of the Structure of Modern Societies

+49 (0)361 / 737-4981
LG 1/ Room 0141
Office hours:
Thursday, 14 - 16 hrs

Frank Ettrich is Professor for the Analysis of the Structure of Modern Societies at the University of Erfurt and Vice-Director of the Brandt School. In 2007/2008 he served as interim Vice President for Academic Research and International Affairs of the University of Erfurt.

Prof. Ettrich's research interests include the problem of social consolidation in post-communist societies, particularly concerning trust in social relationships. From 2003-2005 he was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University at the request of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to create a center for German and European Studies as well as the international degree program "Studies on European Societies".

 In addition to a number of his own publications, Prof. Ettrich is co-editor of the Berliner Journal für Soziologie, one of the leading sociological journals in Germany.

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Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • EU: Europeanization and National Adaptations (with Alfio Cerami) (SS 2008)

  • Project Group: Concept of Cultural Politics in Thuringia (WS 2010/11)

  • PNM/ EU: Haniel Fall School: Social Policy Today - Russia in Comparison (WS 2012/13)

  • PNM: Social Policy and the Transformation of the Welfare State (SS 2013 with Laura Held, SS 2016 with Magno Karl)

  • BLM: Fundamentals of Sociology (WS 2013/14)

  • BLM: Q-Methodology - An Innovative Approach for Opinion Research Studies (with Johannes Oschlies) (SS 2014)

  • EU/ CSM/ IA: Border Policies from the Soviet Union to the EU: Russia and the Baltic States (with Kathleen Leary) (SS 2014)

  • PNM/ IA: Public Administration - Russia in Comparative Perspective (WS 2015/16)

  • PNM/ IA: Haniel Spring School: Public Administration - Russia in Comparative Perspectives (with Heike Grimm) (SS 2015)


The third volume of the Series “Schriften aus der Willy-Brandt-School”, titled “Peter Glotz – Fechtmeister und Sänger” was recently released. Using the example of the SPD politician and...

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“Marx Imagery in Socialism” was the name of the lecture held by Prof. Dr. Frank Ettrich, Vice-Director of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt last Tuesday,...

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Selected Publications

„Die andere Moderne: Soziologische Nachrufe auf den Staatssozialismus“
Berliner Debatte, 2005

„KRISE und ihre Bewältigung in Wirtschaft, Finanzen, Gesellschaft, Medizin, Klima, Geschichte, Moral, Bildung und Politik. “
Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2010