Christian Sperneac-Wolfer

Pre-doc Researcher


Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Soziologie

Campus Westend - PEG Gebäude
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt


Current Research Project:
Romanian Migrant Workers in the German Construction Industry. A Study Based on Social Classifications Theory

Previous Research Project: 
Religious Anti-Capitalism? A Comparative Study of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Positions

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Professional academic experience and positions

  • since 07/2021: Research Associate, Research Project "Romanian Migrant Workers in the German Construction Industry: A Study Based on Social Classifications Theory", Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main
  • 01/2021 – 05/2021: Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles (promoted by the Fulbright PhD Program)
  • 08/2020 – 10/2020: Research Associate, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main
  • 01/2019 – 07/2020: Research Associate, LOEWE Project "Religious Anti-Capitalism? A Comparative Study of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Positions"
  • 11/2018 – 04/2019: Research Associate at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, working group medical ethics in healthcare chaplaincy project
  • 10/2018: M.A. Sociology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • 02/2016: B.A. Sociology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


  • 01/2021 – 05/2021: Fulbright PhD Program
  • 04/2016 – 10/2018: Scholarship from the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
  • 10/2015 – 03/2016: Scholarship "Deutschlandstipendium"


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)

Activities, Memberships, Commitments (selection)

  • 05.–06.05.2023: Workshop organization "Arbeit und Migration. Prekäre Arbeits- und Lebenskonstellationen migrantischer Beschäftigter im Fokus" together with Beck and Andrei Botorog, Frankfurt am Main
  • 10.12.2022: Panel organization "Entangling digital inequalities and upheavals", together with Anastassija Kostan, Annual Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) / ESCOCITE, Cholula, México.
  • 07.–16.09.2022: "Romania's transition since 2007", Co-organization of the seminar trip of the Hans Böckler Foundation, Romania.
  • 10/2021–09/2022: Deputy of the employees' representatives, Institute für Social Research, Frankfurt am Main.

Research Areas

  • Sociology of Work
  • Ethnography
  • Classification analysis
  • Sociology of migration
  • Sociology of religion

Publications & Editing


  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023. Romania’s societal transformation and labour struggles abroad – how missing income opportunities and the fear of dismissal inform practices of labour resistance. SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, 26 (1), 47–64.
  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023: Studying After Auschwitz? The Goethe University, Buna/Monowitz Concentration Camp and the IG Farben. TFMJ Journal for Theater, Film and Media Studies, 67(1–2) 127–135.
  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian; Botorog, Andrei und Ferdinand Sutterlüty 2023: 'Slaves' Without Coercion? Work-Related Classification Patterns among Romanian Migrant Workers. Sociologie Românească 21(1), 55–74.
  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023: Die multiple Prekarität rumänischer Bauarbeiter in Deutschland, in: Sozial.Geschichte Online, 34, 189–217.
  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2022: Der verdeckte Widerstand rumänischer Bauarbeiter in Echsberg, in: Ferdinand Sutterlüty und Almut Poppinga (Hg.): Verdeckter Widerstand in der demokratischen Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 239–261.
  • Mandry, Christoph, Christian Sperneac-Wolfer und Gwendolin Wanderer 2021: Klinikseelsorgerinnen und Klinikseelsorger als medizinethische Akteure: Profil und Kompetenzen, Ergebnisse einer partizipativen Interview-Studie. Frankfurt a. M., online:
  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2018: Kommentar zu Dominik Angeloch. Ästhetische Erfahrung, in: Reflexivität und Erkenntnis: Facetten kritisch-reflexiver Wissensproduktion, Hg.: Alina Brehm, Jakob Kuhlmann, Psychosozialverlag Gießen, 147–159.
  • Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2016: Materialistische Hoffnung bei Manés Sperber, in: diskus, Hg.: Alex Struwe, Carina Klugbauer, Christian Sperneac-Wolfer, Felix Lang, Freya Kurek, Hannah Hecker, Johannes Lütkepohl, Oliver Linnenbach, 1.16., 73–78.
  • Lang, Felix und Christian Sperneac-Wolfer 2015: Das Gegenteil von Gut. Antisemitische Verschiebungen in linken Auseinandersetzungen, in: diskus, Hg.: Janne Krumbügel, Dominik Lux, Marina Mateo Martinez, Julian Stenmanns, 1.15., 24–27.

Special Issues and Edited Volumes

  • Buzoianu, Cătălin; Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian und Sebastian Țoc 2023: Special Issue: Romanian workers, home and abroad: inequalities, social rights, and labor struggles, Sociologie Românească 21(1).

  • 10/2016 – 01/2021: Mitherausgeber der Frankfurter Studierendenzeitschrift diskus.

Other articles

Lectures (selection)

  • 06.07.2023 "'Slaves' without coercion? Classifications of work and their social effects amongst Romanian migrant workers", 20th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Warschau, Polen, digital.

  • 01.07.2023 "Four Styles of a Religious Critique of Capitalism: The Idolatry, the Eschatological, the Social, and the Moral Critique", XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, Australien, digital.

  • 05.05.2023 "Wie bewerten rumänische Bauarbeiter ihre Arbeit in Deutschland? Vier Arbeitsklassifikationen und ihre Effekte", Workshop Arbeit und Migration, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland.

  • 10.12.2022 "ICT and labor resistance amongst Romanian migrant workers in Germany", Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) / ESCOCITE, Cholula, México.

  • 30.11.2022 "ICT and labor resistance amongst Romanian migrant workers in Germany", George Washington University, Usable Security and Privacy Lab, Washington D.C., USA, 30. November 2022.

  • 06.08.2022 "How German Muslims and Christians use Religion to Criticize Capitalism", 117th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Los Angeles, USA.

  • 23.06.2022 "Rumänische Bauarbeiter auf deutschen Baustellen", Institut für Sozialforschung Frankfurt am Main.

  • 29.07.2021 "How German Muslims and Christians use religion to criticize capitalism", Ethnography of Public Life Paper Workshop, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, digital.

Teaching Summer Term 2023

Social Classifications (together with Ferdinand Sutterlüty)
Tues. 10.00 — 12.00 a.m.