Dr Monika Krause

Dr Monika Krause

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's research addresses comparative questions about forms of expertise, professions, organizations and fields of practice.

Her book Model Cases. On Canonical Research Objects and Sites (Chicago University Press 2021) asks about the concrete material research objects behind shared conversations about classes of objects, periods and regions in the social sciences and humanities. 

In The Good Project. Humanitarian NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason (Chicago University Press 2014) she examined the shared space of humanitarian relief NGOs.

She has also written on journalists, playwrights, psychoanalysts, conservation NGOs, and human rights NGOs.  Her theoretical work develops concepts for sociological analysis and seeks to apply insights from a sociology of the social sciences to sociological practice. 

Monika studied sociology and political science at the University of Munich, Cambridge, and LSE. Her PhD in Sociology is from New York University. She has been a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Bielefeld and a Core Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She served as an elected member on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). She currently serves on the Council of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association and the Section on the Sociology of Human Rights of the ASA and has been elected to serve as Chair-Elect and then Chair of the Culture Section of the American Sociology Association. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting in Sociology.


Monika Krause. 2021. Model Cases. On Canonical Research Objects and Sites. Chicago: Chicago University Press 2021.

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.

Edited Volumes
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Other Publications

Monika Krause and Katherine Robinson. 2021. Materialising reform: how conservation encounters collection practises in zoos. Journal of Cultural Economy. DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2021.1952096

Monika Krause. Forthcoming 2021. On Sociological Reflexivity. Sociological Theory.

Monika Krause. 2020. Prioritization in human rights NGOs: the role of intra-organizational units of planning. Journal of Human Rights, 19 (2). 168 - 182. ISSN 1475-4835

Monika Krause. 2019. "What is Zeitgeist? Examining period-specific cultural patterns." Poetics.

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