Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Thought

Office: Foster 309
Phone: (773) 702-8413


Typically in residence at Chicago in the autumn quarter, Hans Joas teaches courses and mentors students in classical and contemporary social theory, historical sociology and religious studies. He also holds a full time position as Ernst Troeltsch Professor for the Sociology of Religion in the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. For more details on his research program see his German faculty page.


The Power of the Sacred: An Alternative to the Narrative of Disenchantment, Oxford University Press (2021).

Faith as an Option: Possible Futures for Christianity, Stanford University Press (2014). 

War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present, Princeton University Press (with W. Knöbl, 2013).

The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights, Georgetown University Press (2013).

Social Theory: Twenty Introductory Lectures, Cambridge University Press (with W. Knöbl, 2009).

Do We Need Religion? On the Experience of Self-Transcendence, Paradigm Publishers (2008). 

War and Modernity, Blackwell Publishers (2003).

The Genesis of Values, University of Chicago Press (2000).

Share this page