Björn Wittrock

Principal and Permanent Fellow, SCAS.
University Professor, Uppsala University

Björn Wittrock is Principal of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. He is a member of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of Academia Europaea. He has written widely on the
transformation of human societies in history but also on the history and sociology of the social
and human sciences and of universities. He has contributed to the sociology of modernity and
global history, including the recent Cambridge World History. He has published five monographs
and fourteen edited books. The latter include Nordic Paths to Modernity (with J. P. Arnason,
Berghahn Books, 2012 and 2014); Frontiers of Sociology (with P. Hedström, Brill, 2009); Eurasian
Transformations, Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries
(with J. P. Arnason, Brill, 2004 and 2011); Axial
Civilizations and World History
(with J. P. Arnason and S. N. Eisenstadt, Brill, 2005); Public Spheres
and Collective Identities
(with S. N. Eisenstadt and W. Schluchter, Transaction, 2001); The Rise of
the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity: Conceptual Change in Context, 1750–1850
J. Heilbron and L. Magnusson, Kluwer, 1998 and 2001). Earlier books include The European and
American University since 1800
(with S. Rothblatt, Cambridge University Press, 1993 and 2006); and
Social Sciences and Modern States (with P. Wagner et al., Cambridge University Press, 1991 and 2008).

Wittrock has been a panel member at the European Research Council and Deputy Chair of the SH2 Panel
for Consolidators. In 2014 he became one of the five members of the committee for the Holberg Prize.
In 2015 he was a member of the committee for the Max-Planck-Forschungspreis (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
and Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung). He is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of Lichtenberg-
Kolleg (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), a member of the Board of Directors of Institut d’études
avancées de Paris, and a member of the Steering Committee of the International Panel on Social Progress

Björn Wittrock has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley; Wissenschaftszentrum
Berlin; Collegium Budapest; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University;
the University of California, Los Angeles; the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC; the
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar; and Institut für
Höhere Studien, Vienna.

He has been serving on the Academic Advisory Boards of many institutions, including the following ones:
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Collegium Budapest, Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (Universität
Bielefeld), Max-Weber-Kolleg (Universität Erfurt), European University Institute (Florence), Réseau français
des instituts d’études avancées, School of History/Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (Albert-Ludwigs-
Universität Freiburg), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (University of Helsinki), and Peter Wall
Institute for Advanced Studies (University of British Columbia, Vancouver). His professional service includes
membership in panels for the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Volkswagen-
Stiftung, International Social Science Council, Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Rockefeller Foundation, Economic and
Social Research Council (UK), Wissenschaftsrat (Germany) and others. He has been a member of the Science
Advisory Board of the Government of Sweden for two periods. Between 2005 and 2013, he was President of
the International Institute of Sociology (founded in Paris in 1893).

In 2010, he received the Festschrift The Benefit of Broad Horizons: Intellectual and Institutional Preconditions
for a Global Social Science
(eds. H. Joas and B. Klein, Brill). The book Social Theory: Twenty Introductory
(Cambridge University Press, 2009) by Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl is dedicated to him as is the
novel The Invisible African by Krishnan Srinivasan (Har-Anand Publications, 2012).

In 1999, Björn Wittrock was awarded the Torgny Segerstedt Medal by Uppsala University. In 2003, he became
honorary doctor at the University of Tartu. In 2008, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienst-
kreuz, 1. Kl) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2009 The King’s Medal for ‘significant contributions to Swedish social science research’.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2016-17.