Foto Sophie Mützel

Professor of Sociology with emphasis on media and social networks 


T +41 41 229 55 63 

Frohburgstrasse 3, room 3.A33 
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Currently, Sophie Mützel teaches courses on the Sociology of Algorithms, Big Data and Social Media, as well as on the Digital Economy. She is in charge of the MA program "Media and Networks" at the Department of Sociology, University of Lucerne. Her research interests lie in the areas of economic sociology, the sociology of culture, social network analysis, computational text analytic methods, and sociological theory. In September 2017, she received her Habilitation for "Markets from Stories" from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. She is currently PI of the NRP75 research project "Facing Big Data: Methods and skills needed for a 21st century sociology".

Since January 2018, Sophie Mützel is Full Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Lucerne, where she was also Assistant (2014-2017) and Associate Professor (2017). Prior to that, Sophie Mützel was a Senior Researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) at the Research Unit “Cultural Sources of Newness" (2009-2013). In Spring 2012, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In 2011-2012 she was Guest Professor at the University of Vienna, Department of Sociology. Between 2003 and 2008, Sophie Mützel held a post-doc position (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin) at the Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin. In 2002-2003, Sophie Mützel was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York, NY in 2002 with a dissertation on the emergence of capital city journalism as the move of the German political capital from Bonn to Berlin was taking place. Sophie Mützel studied Sociology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, (1998, M.A. in Sociology) and Political Science at UC Berkeley, CA (1993, B.A. in Political Science).



Research Interests

•    Digital Sociology
•    Social Network Analysis
•    Sociology of digital media
•    Economic sociology
•    Sociology of culture
•    STS
•    Sociological theory
•    Computational text analysis



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