Yasemin Soysal is a research professor of Global Sociology at the WZB, Berlin, and a leading research member of the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence. Her research brings global and sociological–institutional perspectives into investigating the historical development and current reconfigurations of the nation-state and citizenship. She is currently engaged in the theoretical and empirical studies of the rise of the transnationally standardized script of agentic, meritocratic citizenship and its comparative scope, implementation, and contradictions.
Soysal has been a fellow of the German Marshall Fund, National Academy of Education, National Endowment of Humanities, Jean Monnet EUI, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, and held invited professorships at Max Planck fuer Bildungsforschung, Berlin; Juan March Institute, Madrid; Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo; the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Tsinghua University, Beijing; Koc University, Istanbul; the Willy Brandt Guest Professor at the Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity, and Welfare, Malmo; and Niklas Luhmann Distinguished Professor at Bielefeld University. She is the past president of the European Sociological Association.