Stefan Beljean, PhD

Max-Weber-Institut of Sociology
University of Heidelberg
Bergheimer Str. 58
69115 Heidelberg


Room: 02.013
Telephone: 06221-542-981


Office hours:
by appointment

Campus-Kick "Bergheim Bolzt"


I am a postdoc at the Max Weber Institute for Sociology since March 2021 (Chair of Macrosociology). Before arriving in Heidelberg, I earned my PhD from the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and spent a short time at the Berlin Social Science Center.

Research and teaching interests

  • Cultural sociology
  • Theory
  • Qualitative methods

Selected publications

  • 2021 Hamann, Julian, and Stefan Beljean. “Career Gatekeeping in Cultural Fields.” American Journal for Cultural Sociology. 9(1), 43-69.
  • 2015 Stefan Beljean, Michele Lamont and Phillipa Chong. “A Post-Bourdieusian Sociology of Valuation and Evaluation for the Field of Cultural Production”. Pp. 38-48 in: Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. New York: Routledge.
  • 2014 Lamont, Michele, Stefan Beljean and Matthew Clair ‘What’s Missing? Cultural Processes and Causal Pathways to Inequality.’ Socio-Economic Review 12 (3): 1-36.

Current courses (Winter term 2023-24)










Past Course (Selection)

  • "The Political Sociology of Football" (w/ Lukas Pfäffle): Seminar-Blog
  • "Knowledge, Beliefs, Doubts. An Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge": Course description