Academically educated in economics, political science and sociology in Hamburg, London and Berlin, I have been active as a researcher and teacher in various European countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Norway, as well as in the United States of America and South Africa, before coming to Barcelona. I held a permanent researcher position at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, and was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and the University of Trento as well as Professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute in Florence.
Furthermore, I held visiting positions at Université de Paris 8 (2011) Université catholique de Louvain-la-neuve (chaire Jacques Leclercq, 2009-10) University of Cape Town (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, 2009-10) University of Bergen (2001)
Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2001; 1998) University of California at Berkeley (1997; 1996)
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala (Fellow) Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Member, 1990-91)
Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris (1994). Currently I am the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded Advanced Grant project "Trajectories of modernity: comparing non-European and European varieties" (TRAMOD, 2010-2015), within which my research activities concentrate on the study of South Africa and Brazil in comparative perspective, with a particular view to the relation between democracy and capitalism, to inequality and new forms of solidarity, and to racial discrimination.