Prof. Dr. Justin J.W. Powell

Portrait Foto Prof. Dr. Justin J.W. Powell (Foto: privat)
Foto: privat


justin.powell [at]
University of Luxembourg
Route de Diekirch
L-7220 Walferdange
Former Staff Member of the Research Department

Research fields

Comparative and International Education | Sociology of Education | Institutions and Organizations | Social Inequality | Disability Studies


09 2012 – Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Luxembourg

10 2011 – 03 2012 Visiting Professor, Institute of Sociology, Leibniz University Hannover

03 – 09 2010 T.H. Marshall Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

04 – 06 2009 DAAD Research Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

2007 – 2012 Senior Research Fellow, Research Unit "Skill Formation and Labor Markets", WZB Berlin Social Science Center

2005 – 2007 Lecturer, Institute of Sociology, Georgia Augusta University of Göttingen

2000 – 2005 Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

2004 Dr.phil. in Sociology (summa cum laude), Free University Berlin

1998 – 1999 Studies in Sociology and Political Science. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Humboldt University of Berlin (M.A. in Transatlantic Studies, with distinction)

1993 – 1998 Coordinator of German-American Academic Programs, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York

1988 – 1992 B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology, Public Policy, German Studies (with distinction). Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania

1991 Exchange student. Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg

Selected Publications

Powell, Justin J.W./Bernhard, Nadine/Graf, Lukas (2012): "The Emergent European Model in Skill Formation. Comparing Higher Education and Vocational Training in the Bologna and Copenhagen Processes". In: Sociology of Education, Vol. 85, No. 3, S. 240-258. (Vorab online publiziert 3. Januar 2012)
Powell, Justin J.W./Graf, Lukas/Bernhard, Nadine/Coutrot, Laurence/Kieffer, Annick (2012): "The Shifting Relationship between Vocational and Higher Education in France and Germany. Towards Convergence?". In: European Journal of Education - Research, Development and Policy, Vol. 47, No. 3, Special Issue "The Bologna Process Revisited", S. 405-423.
Richardson, John G./Powell, Justin J.W. (2011): Comparing Special Education. Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, XII, 346 S.
Powell Justin, J.W. (2011): Barriers to Inclusion. Special Education in the United States and Germany. Yale Series in Sociology. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, XV, 327 S.
Powell, Justin J.W./Solga, Heike (2011): "Why Are Higher Education Participation Rates in Germany so Low? Institutional Barriers to Higher Education Expansion". In: Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 24, No. 1-2, S. 49-68.
Powell, Justin J.W./Solga, Heike (2010): "Analyzing the Nexus of Higher Education and Vocational Training in Europe. A Comparative-Institutional Framework". In: Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 35, No. 6, S. 705-721.
Powell, Justin J.W. (2010): "Change in Disability Classification. Redrawing Categorical Boundaries in Special Education in the United States and Germany, 1920-2005". In: Comparative Sociology, Vol. 9, No. 2, S. 241-267.
Powell, Justin J.W. (2009): "To Segregate or to Separate? Special Education Expansion and Divergence in the United States and Germany". In: Comparative Education Review, Vol. 53, No. 2, S. 161-187.
Solga, Heike/Powell, Justin J.W./Berger, Peter A. (Hg.) (2009): Soziale Ungleichheit. Klassische Texte zur Sozialstrukturanalyse. Campus-Reader. Frankfurt a.M./New York, NY: Campus, 492 S.