Prof. Dr. Jens Alber

Portrait Foto Prof. Dr. Jens Alber (Foto: David Ausserhofer)
Foto: David Ausserhofer


jens.alber [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Director 2002-2011 of the Completed Research Unit

Research fields

Welfare State and Social Inequality


10 2002  - 09 2011    Professor at the Free University Berlin and Director of the Research Unit "Inequality and social Integration" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin       1991 - 2002     Chair for Social Policy, University of Konstanz, Department of Politics and Management

1986 - 91     Senior Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne       1986     Habilitation in sociology, University of Mannheim       1983 - 86     Assistant Professor, Research Institute for Sociology, University of Cologne       1980 - 83     Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence (Research Project "The Development of the Western European Welfare State Since the Second World War")       1979     Dr. phil., University of Mannheim (Sociology, Political Science)       1977 - 80     Assistant at the Research Institute for Sociology, University of Cologne, and researcher in the HIWED II-Project       1973 - 77     Research Position in the HIWED-Project (Historical Indicators of Western European Democracies)       1972 - 73     Research and teaching assistant at the chair for Sociology III, University of Mannheim       1972     Magister Artium, University of Konstanz (Sociology, Political Science, Psychology)

Selected Publications

Alber, Jens (2010): "What the European and American Welfare States Have in Common and Where They Differ. Facts and Fiction in Comparisons of the European Social Model and the United States". In: Journal of European Social Policy, Vol. 20, No. 2, S. 102-125.
Alber, Jens/Gilbert, Neil (Eds.) (2010): United in Diversity? Comparing Social Models in Europe and America. International Policy Exchange Series, Vol. 1. Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press, XIV, 450 S.
Alber, Jens/Fahey, Tony/Sacareno, Chiara (Eds.) (2008): Handbook of Quality of Life in the Enlarged European Union. London/New York, NY: Routledge, XVI, 430 S.
Alber, Jens/Kohler, Ulrich (2007): "Die Ungleichheit der Wahlbeteiligung in Europa und den USA und die politische Integrationskraft des Sozialstaats". In: Leviathan - Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, Jg. 35, H. 4, S. 510-539.

Alber, Jens (2006): "The European Social Model and the United States", European Union Politics 7 (3), 2006:  393-419.
Alber, Jens/Merkel, Wolfgang (Eds.) (2006): Europas Osterweiterung: Das Ende der Vertiefung? WZB-Jahrbuch 2005, Berlin: edition sigma 2006.