Dr Monika Krause

Dr Monika Krause

Assistant Professor in Sociology, Co-Director of LSE Human Rights

Department of Sociology

020 7955 7283
Room No
STC S207
English, German
Key Expertise
Human Rights, Humanitarianism, Knowledge, Expertise, Social Theory, Culture

About me

Monika Krause joined the Sociology Department from Goldsmiths College in 2016. She holds a PhD in Sociology from New York University and an MA in Political Sociology from LSE. Monika’s research addresses comparative questions about forms of expertise, professions, organization and fields of practice. 

Her book The Good Project. Humanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason (Chicago University Press 2014) examines the shared space of humanitarian relief organizations. It won the British Sociological Association's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize and the Hodgkinson Book Award of the Association for research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in 2015. 

Monika won an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award for her project “Triaging Values”. This project examines how organizations that are committed to universal values, such as human rights organizations, conservation NGOs and Christian churches make decisions about how to allocate resources, and how to manage their commitments to specific causes, specific people and specific territorial units.

Monika is also interested in the history of the social sciences and in social theory.

Monika was a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a member of the Junior Fellows’ network at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld. She was a Core Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 2016-17.

Areas of supervision: Global interventions, political sociology, sociology of culture, sociology of organizations, human rights and humanitarianism, knowledge and expertise, social theory.


Monika Krause. 2014. The Good Project. Humanitarian NGOs and the fragmentation of reason. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Winner of the 2015 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. Winner of the 2015 Association for Research on Non-profits and the Voluntary Sector's Hodgkinson Book Award. Winner of the 2016 Best Book Award by an International Scholar, Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association.

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Edited Volumes

Claudio Benzecry, Monika Krause and Isaac Reed (eds.). 2017. Social Theory Now. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Julian Go and Monika Krause (eds.). 2016. Fielding Transnationalism. Sociological Review Monograph Series. London: Sage.

Claudio Benzecry and Monika Krause (eds.). 2010. Practicing Knowledge in Comparative Perspective, Special Issue of Qualitative Sociology, 33 (4).

Monika Krause, Mary Nolan, Michael Palm, Andrew Ross (ed.). 2008. The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Other Publications

Monika Krause, 2019. "What is Zeitgeist? Examining period-specific cultural patterns." Poeticshttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.poetic.2019.02.003

Monika Krause. 2017. "Charismatic species and beyond: how cultural schemas and organisational routines shape conservation."
Conservation and Society, 15 (3). pp. 313-321.

Monika Krause. 2017. "How Fields Vary." British Journal of Sociology 69 (1).
 (Honorable Mention, Junior Theorist Award, Theory Section of the American Sociological Association).

Monika Krause. 2017. “The Patterns in-Between: Field as a Conceptual Variable”, in: Claudio Benzecry, Monika Krause and Isaac Reed (eds.) Social Theory Now. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Monika Krause. 2016. “Comparative Research: Beyond linear-causal explanation”, in: Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim and Zusanna Hrldckova (ed). Practising Comparison. Logics. Relations, Collaborations. Manchester: Mattering Press

Monika Krause. 2016. “Western Hegemony in the Social Sciences: fields and model systems.” Sociological Review 64(2): 194-211.

Monika Krause. 2016. "The Meanings of Theorizing." British Journal of Sociology 67 (1): 23-29.

Monika Krause. 2016. "Clarification? Yes! Standardization? No. Or: What kind of cooperation for the sociology of culture?" American Sociologist: 1-5.

Monika Krause. 2014. „The Role of Best Examples in Human Rights.“ www.opendemocracy.net

Monika Krause and Michael Guggenheim. 2013. “The Couch as a Laboratory? The Knowledge-Spaces of Psychoanalysis between the Sciences and the Professions.” European Journal of Sociology 54 (2): 187 -210

Monika Krause. 2013."The Ruralization of the World." Public Culture 25 (2), 233 - 248

Anna Holzscheiter and Monika Krause. 2013. "Macht und Global Governance – Repräsentationsmacht und feldspezifische Logiken des Handelns von NRO im transnationalen Raum" (Power and Global Governance – Symbolic Power and field-specific Logics of Practice among NGOs in transnational Spaces.“ Leviathan, 41 (28): 1-26

Monika Krause. 2013. “Recombining Micro and Macro: The Grammar of Theoretical Innovation” European Journal of Social Theory 16 (2): 139-152

Monika Krause and Alexandra Kowalski. 2013. “Reflexive habits: dating and rationalised conduct in New York and Berlin.” Sociological Review 61 (2): 21-41

Craig Calhoun and Monika Krause. 2013. "People need and want solidarities and social reproduction. An Interview with Craig Calhoun". in: Richard Saskwa and Piotr Dutkiewicz (eds.) Twenty Ways to Fix the World: Interviews with the World’s Foremost Thinkers. New York: New York University Press.

Michael Guggenheim and Monika Krause. 2012. “How Facts Travel. The Model Systems of Sociology.” Poetics 40: 101-117

Monika Krause. 2012. "Theory as an anti-subfield subfield." Perspectives. Newsletter of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association, 34 (2):6-12

Monika Krause.  2011. “Reporting and the Transformations of the Journalistic Field: US News Media, 1890-2000”, Media, Culture, and Society 33 (1): 89-104

Monika Krause. 2010. “Accounting for State Intervention. The Social Histories of Beneficiaries”, Qualitative Sociology 33 (4): 533-547

Monika Krause. 2008. “Undocumented Migrants: An Arendtian Perspective”, European Journal of Political Theory 7(3): 331-348

Monika Krause. 2007. “Practicing Authorship: The Case of Brecht’s Plays” in: Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett (ed.): Practicing Culture. Oxford: Routledge, pp. 215-230.

Monika Krause and Oskar Negt. 2006. “The Production of Counter Publics and the Counter-Publics of Production. Interview with Oskar Negt.” European Journal of Social Theory 9 (1): 119-128

Monika Krause. 2005. New Orleans: The Public Sphere of the Disaster, www.understandingkatrina.ssrc.org