Stephen Kalberg

Associate Professor

PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook (1978)

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Associate Professor Stephen Kalberg

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Curriculum Vitae

Max Weber’s Comparative-Historical Sociology Today Major Themes, Mode of Causal Analysis, and Applications

‘Protestant Ethic’

A transatlantic approach to sustainability? The perspective of sociology


Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology and Affiliate, Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He teaches sociological theory, American society, and comparative political cultures. Kalberg has published widely on Max Weber and German and American societies. He is presently completing Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations. He has translated Weber’s classic study, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.


978-3-658-02839-8_Cover_PrintPDF_1 (2)2013. Deutschland und Amerika aus der Sicht Max WebersCologne: SV-Verlag.





Paradigmcover2013. Searching for the Spirit of American Democracy: Max Weber’s Analysis of a Unique Political Culture, Past, Present, and FutureBoulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.





Max Weber’s Comparative-Historical Sociology Today: Major Themes, Mode of Analysis, and Applications. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishers (April, 2012).

2011 (2000, 2003). “Max Weber.” In George Ritzer, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists. Oxford: Blackwell.

2010. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. The Revised 1920 Edition.    Translated and Introduced by Stephen Kalberg.   New York: Oxford University Press.

2010. les valeurs, les idees et les interets: introduction a la sociologie de max weber. Paris: La Decourverte.  Translated by Philippe Chanial.

2009. “Max Weber’s Analysis of the Unique American Civic Sphere: Its Origins, Expansion, and  Oscillations.” Journal of Classical Sociology 9 (1):117-41.

2008. Max Weber: Principales dimensiones de su obra.  Buenos Aires: Prometeo. (also available in German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish).

2008 (Translator and editor). Max Weber: ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ and Other Writings on the Rise of the West. New York: Oxford University Press.  Includes Introduction, five chapter introductions, Chronology, and Glossary.

2007. “A Cross-National Consensus on a Unified Sociological Theory? Some Intercultural Obstacles.” European Journal of Social Theory 10:206-19.

2005. (editor) Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity.  Oxford: Blackwell.

1980. Kalberg, S. Max Weber’s types of rationality: Cornerstones for  the analysis of rationalization processes in history. American Journal  of Sociology, 85, 1145-1179.

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