Professor Helmut K. Anheier

Helmut K. Anheier is Professor of Sociology and past President of the Hertie School of Governance. He also held a chair of sociology at Heidelberg University and served as Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1986 and later served as a senior researcher at Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Before embarking on his academic career, Prof Anheier served as Social Affairs Officer to the United Nations. He is author of over 450 publications and has won several international prizes and recognitions for his scholarship. Among his recent book publications are Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy (Routledge, 2014), A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Ideals and Realities of Philanthropic Foundations  with David Hammack (Brookings, 2013), and The Global Studies Encyclopedia with Mark Juergensmeyer (5 vols, Sage, 2012). He is the principal academic lead of the Hertie School’s annual Governance Report (Oxford University Press, 2013-) and is currently working on projects relating to indicator research, social innovation, culture, philanthropy, and organisational studies.

Areas of Expertise: Culture, Social innovation, Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropy

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Other Publications

List of publications


Project Syndicate, January 16, 2018: Helmut Anheier wrote an op-ed on the need for a lively debate on issues critical to Germany´s future.

Project Syndicate, October 20, 2017: Helmut K. Anheier analysed perspectives on the West’s current populist movements.

DW – Culture, September 13, 2017: Helmut K. Anheier discussed cultural policy and the German federal election.